General Information

Why is DRI having a conference?

The annual DRI Conference is dedicated to the meaningful exchange of information among professionals in the areas of business continuity, disaster recovery, risk management and more, across all industries.

Our non-profit status allows us to deliver a stress-free, non-competitive learning environment where the speakers are all senior members of their organizations. In fact, a large portion of our attendees hold executive positions, giving them a level of knowledge that fosters in-depth discussions that detail their organization’s response to major events of recent years.

Exhibit Hall vendors offer cutting edge and relevant solutions to propel your BCM, ERM or GRC program to the next level, on your time – no sales pitches are made during sessions. Whether you are starting out small or integrating global strategies, our vendors are respectful of your time and interest, and can help you attain that goal of a world class BCM program.

Where and when will the conference be held?

DRI2018 will be held at the Renaissance, Nashville in Nashville Tennessee, from February 11 to 14.

What is the cost to attend?

Register by January 6, 2017 at the rate of $1195. Starting January 7, 2017, the cost for DRI Certified Professionals is $1,295 and for all other industry professionals the cost is $1,495.

A special rate of $897/attendee is available for members of DRI’s official Collaborative Partner Organizations (click here for a list of participating organizations).

What is included in the attendee cost?

The cost includes conference sessions, meals, events, volunteer projects, special networking and after-hours events, and much more.

When will registration begin?

Attendee registration opens August 1, 2017.

Do I have to be certified to attend?

No. DRI2018 welcomes certified and non-certified professionals, regardless of the certifying organization, as well as all practicing professionals in auditing, risk management, governance, compliance, and related fields. But if you would like to become certified, you can start your path here – several courses are offered to attendees before the conference kicks off!

How should I dress for the conference?

Business casual attire is recommended – including a jacket in rooms that may be on the cool side. For the Auction Benefit and Awards of Excellence Gala, attire is semi-formal (dark suits and cocktail dresses are acceptable).

Are there any special rates for hotel rooms or blocks of rooms?

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel at a special group rate.

Are sponsorship opportunities available?

There are several sponsorship opportunities available at the conference. Please call (410) 379-2101 or email Russell Woolridge at rwooldridge@drii.org for more information.

Special Events

What is the DRI Awards of Excellence Gala?

At each conference, the DRI Awards of Excellence Gala honors individuals and corporations who are leaders and innovators within our profession. Winners will be announced during dinner, where they are presented with an award to recognize and celebrate their excellence within the business continuity landscape.

When is the Awards Gala?

The Awards Gala dinner will be held during the DRI2018 conference.

What can you tell me about the DRI Foundation Auction Benefit?

The DRI Foundation Auction Benefit event is held during the DRI2018 conference prior to the Awards of Excellence gala, where attendees will have the opportunity to bid for items on display, including memorabilia, vacations, events, electronics, health & beauty items, and much more. All proceeds of the Live and Silent Auctions go to charities determined by the DRI Foundation board.

How can I or my company contribute to the Auction Benefit?

The DRI Foundation accepts donations of items and services to auction off at the event, which you or your organization can offer. You may also make a tax-deductible donation to the DRI Foundation. Receipts will be provided for tax deductions. For more information, contact Pascale Phelan at pphelan@drii.org.

What is the DRI Volunteer Day?

The DRI Foundation’s Volunteer Day events, generally held before the opening of the conference and in the evening following the conference, give attendees the chance to give back to the community by working with a charitable partner in the area such as food banks, building projects, and community gardens. Everyone is invited – register early to save your spot!