PORAC Symposium – Impact 2020 Topics

PORAC Symposium – Impact 2020 Topics:

Inside the President’s Bunker; A Crisis Leadership and Decision-Making Presentation

Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Darling, USMC (Ret)  Bio
Lt. Col. Darling retired from the United States Marine Corps in 2007 with just over twenty years of active duty service. After an impressive early career piloting attack helicopters in Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and as a presidential pilot with Marine Helicopter Squadron One, he was handpicked in October 2000 to work for the White House Military Office, Airlift Operations Department. It was in this position that, during the attack of September 11, 2001, he supported the President, Vice President and National Security Advisor in the underground President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) and witnessed unprecedented leadership and decision making at the highest levels of our government.

Lt. Col. Darling chronicles these developments in his book: 24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker, 9/11/01: The White House, and shares the principles of crisis leadership and decision making with his audiences with an “edge of your seat” presentation that’ll take you from the moment the attack was realized, to the courageous decisions made to stop it, to the safeguards and policies our country now has in-place in an attempt to prevent it from ever happening again. This presentation is designed to ensure we, as a nation, never forget the events of 9/11/01, and to inspire all leaders to take the necessary steps to protect and safeguard their employees, organizations and their communities.

Burning Shield

Jason SchechterlePhoenix Police Officer (Ret) Bio
Growing up, Jason had one dream – to serve as a Phoenix Police Officer. Inspired by his brother and the tragic loss of a local law enforcement hero, Jason worked persistently towards his dream. After serving four years in the Air Force, at the age of 26, Jason achieved his goal to work on the streets of Phoenix as a rookie police officer. Then, only 14 months into what was supposed to be a life-long career, Jason’s life took an unexpectedly tragic turn. On the night of March 26, 2001, a taxi cab, traveling at over 100 mph, crashed into the rear of Jason’s patrol car. Upon impact, Jason’s car burst into flames, trapping him inside. Through a series of miraculous and fateful circumstances, Jason survived the crash and ensuing physical and emotional catastrophe. He suffered severe burns to over 40% of his body which drastically altered his appearance. He has undergone more than 50 surgeries just to have the ability to accomplish simple daily tasks we often take for granted. Jason’s journey chronicles his fight for life, his triumph over tragedy and the inspiration that enables him to continue to overcome unimaginable adversity. His personal narrative exemplifies that the power of the human spirit can never be underestimated or extinguished. His story is one of life, rebirth, and transformation. Jason represents the human experience at its very best – an ascent from despair to describing himself as the luckiest person alive!

Alison Berry Wilkinson

Berry | Wilkinson | Law Group
Text messages or texting scandal? Alison Berry Wilkinson will walk you through a case study on a department’s right to prosecute their officers and when the peace officers’ bill of rights supersedes that right. Ms. Wilkinson represented one of the officers involved in this landmark San Francisco scandal. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear what the presiding judge, Ernest Goldsmith (Retired) will reveal about the Federal case that prevented the disclosure of information, and how the verdict will affect future investigations.

Out of the Recession into the Future

Presented by: Shelby Chodos, Adjunct Lecturer HARVARD Kennedy School



Legislative Update

Presented by: Randy Perry, Aaron Read & Associates