Sounds of IAEM 2018
Todd: I’m excited to have the incoming president of IAEM with me today and it’s Marty Shaub. Marty has a really cool background, but I’m gonna let her tell you about it.
Todd: So, Marty, Welcome.
Marty: Thank you very much Todd. I’m really delighted to be here. My background is predominantly higher education, I have been an emergency manager in higher education for the better part of 30 years. My relationship with IAEM started just a 2008. It was my first conference. I was preparing to go for my certification at that point and I came to IAEM looking for a help with that process and looking for guidance and that’s exactly what I found and I have been coming back to IAEM ever since.
Todd: So what, what drew you into to IAEM begin with?
Marty: Well I was a single person shop at a major research university and I was looking for professionalizing the university’s program and my approach to it and our plans and IAEM stood out as thy place to go for emergency management program guidance for Individual Professional Association. So I, I tried the conference. I came sort of under the radar. I volunteered to the support for the conference and through that experience, I met the industry’s top performers in the field and it literally changed my program, changed my career, change my life.
Todd: So you went from a volunteer at a conference, Kind of a money-saving move right?
Todd: And now you are taking the reins of the organization. What kind of a journey was that?
Marty: Not as arduous as it may sound, and I would highly encourage everyone to try this. Come to the conference and begin by affiliating with the individuals who are in your region. That’s a start, local, build national. Uh, I began by going to the region eight meeting in the mountain West area, which includes Utah and I met some terrific people there. I started with the first region eight meeting, met some terrific people and their networks became my networks and I was getting involved in committees and I was elected to a regional office.
Todd: That is awesome. That is really exciting because at this conference I’m meeting some really great young kids that are coming up in the colleges. Um, I got invited to go to the new reception. They had the college kids, and it’s exciting to see our, our profession growing, And you’ve got kids that are to be emergency managers now and I’m really excited about that. What kind of changes have you seen over the years since you’ve been involved with IAEM, What do you think of those?
Marty: I don’t know if I think it’s a change, but it is the culture here for this industry to be thinking about the next generation, the next generation of professional, sort of acknowledging that they’re is a necessary hand-off, that will happen at some point and we’re planners, so we prepare for that. So there has been a real strong connection to students entering the field and young professionals looking for their first opportunities to grow into seasoned professionals and you look here and you just see the halls filled with seasoned professionals, walking shoulder to shoulder with young professionals, being followed by eager students. It’s quite. It’s quite a network and it’s quite a community participating.
Todd: It feels like a community. I was in one of the meetings and I was a part of the college caucus, and one of the guys from the college caucus said, you know, when he first came here to in Long Beach last year, he said, I found my tribe and everybody here gets along with each other and our differences of opinions, but no one’s ever, I haven’t seen him. Whatever divisive.
Marty: I would classify us as having a culture of inquiry, I want to know why colleagues want to know why did you do that, that way parts of it may be applicable to our why does the association have one program and not another, often times leads to an Aha moment and the start of a program for the association, so certainly anybody who is supportive of a culture of inquiry otta be here.
Todd: Some really great speakers. As we got to meet a few of them, some of them are going to come on the show, so I’m excited about that. What’s it like organizing and picking the speakers and knowing what the theme of the event’s going to be.
Marty: What’s it like? It’s tough because there are so many incredible professionals in our field from whom to learn from. Probably the most difficult task to our conference committee has is selecting from the submissions. Do we put it on the podium? It takes a village. This is the premier event for our industry. We are topping out this week at almost 1500 attendees.
Marty: There’s a lot of moving parts and the conference committee is probably the biggest it is definitely the biggest engaged experience we offer for the association. The association, so to say, any one person does all of this and others probably we’re probably at about 50 people on the conference committee. Some of them are just looking out for our technical experience. Some of them are wholly focused on our networking experience.
Marty: Some spend all of their time on our scholarship fundraising efforts here if big and which is why it’s always such a delight when it works and it works out so well.
Todd: Yesterday I heard that, uh, we raised around $7,000 for the scholarship.
Marty: All totaled, I think at the end of this conference will be close to $10,000 scholarship. We have a number of avenues that we work through the silent auction regions and some of our subunits submit baskets for drawings for a. We have just the contributions ability, particularly this time of year. If you’re looking for a tax write off. We’re a wonderful organization scholarship.
Marty: Don’t have to buy something to give to the scholarship.
Todd: So one of the things I know that you’re kind of passionate about as the CEM tell me why would somebody or why should the get their CEM, and the second part of that as well? I’m just, let me reverse that. Why would somebody join IAEM first and why should they get their CEM?
Marty: Well, this is the professional association for individuals who work in emergency management. This is where you find all of your colleagues who are having similar experiences or have solved similar issues and address similar issues. This is, this is the resource multiply for professional. The CEM is, to me it’s a pretty big deal. It does a couple of things for our communities who are looking to us to protect, to serve, to develop resiliency. It communicates that the individual holding the CEM has a commitment and a peer-reviewed set of skills, knowledge and abilities that are up to the task ahead.
Todd: That’s pretty exciting to see that we’re going to have a bunch of people graduating today with their CEM and there AEM walking across the stage and getting recognized for that.
Marty: For me, and for many of us, it is the highlight of the conference, the evening ceremony where we recognize the individual to have the AEM or their CEM so. Second Song, the band. It’s the work that they’ve. The demonstration that they’ve made to earn it. It’s worth celebrating and I would maintain a, there are probably, I’m certain there are hundreds if not thousands of individuals out there who have earned the CEM, but for coming and making application, putting in the demonstration to say, yes, I have had all of this education. Yeah, I have had all of these trainings. I have had these experiences. I have accomplished these things. It’s a matter of assembling it and to walk away with a CEM certification that’s recognized globally,
Todd: We are the international association of emergency managers here and I’ve gotten to meet people from all over the globe at this event, Canada
Marty: 21 countries represented at out conference this week.
Todd: That’s amazing.
Marty: That’s pretty consistent the last couple of years. So again, the ability to connect with professionals dealing with issues that are like yours or incredibly different from yours to broad. Once horizon, this is it. This is the place to be for sure.
Todd: So if somebody wanted to get a hold of you, how would they find you?
Marty: Email. The easiest way really is USApresident@IAEM.com that goes to me. I’m checking it all the time.
Todd: Here’s the hardest question of the day. What book, books or publications do you recommend to somebody in emergency management?
Marty: I pause always When I hear that, because the field of practitioners new to the field, I would Say “Who Moved My Cheese”, for all of us particularly seasoned, I would suggest “On the Verge” by Rebecca Costa, she spoke here this week, this about data, big data, how we use it, how we make decisions, how it changes. It changes your life. I would say if you haven’t picked up a copy of “On the Verge”,
Todd: So, what would you like to say to the emergency manager out there?
Marty: You have a village it is IAEM and if you aren’t here, I need to know why? I need to know if it’s us or you just. You’re just waiting for me to have a conversation with you. I got to be here!
Todd: So Thank You so much for being here with us and taking time out of your busy schedule here at the conference. I really do appreciate.
Marty: I really appreciate the opportunity as well. Let’s do it again.
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