L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



Lunch and Learn "Building Resilience Across the Commonwealth of Virginia: It's More Than Just Responding"

Join us for an insightful Wilder School Lunch and Learn session with Shawn Talmadge (M.A.’09), Virginia's state coordinator of emergency management and deputy homeland security adviser, as we delve into strategies for building resilience in the face of increasing disasters. From extreme weather to cyberattacks, learn about the comprehensive approach Virginia employs to prepare and respond effectively.

Event Details:

  • Noon-1 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Feb. 21
  • Location: Zoom Webinar - Register here

About the speaker

Shawn Talmadge, appointed by Gov. Glenn Youngkin, brings a wealth of experience from his roles within the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and as Virginia's first director of the homeland security and resilience staff group. His leadership has been instrumental in enhancing the state's resilience through critical infrastructure and cybersecurity initiatives.

About the moderator

William V. Pelfrey Jr., Ph.D. Dr. Pelfrey, a professor at the Wilder School, specializes in public safety, terrorism, and emergency management policy. With a decade as chair of the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness program and a fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, his insights enrich this dialogue on resilience.

Don't miss this opportunity to engage with experts on the forefront of emergency management and homeland security. Learn how Virginia is setting the standard for state-wide resilience and how you can contribute to building stronger, more prepared communities.