Andrea Davis

Andrea Davis

Founder, President and CEO
The Resiliency Initiative

Andrea Davis is a recognized expert in the field of emergency management who has dedicated her career to bridging the silos between public and private sectors to create a united approach when it comes to disaster risk reduction.

Davis has held leadership roles with NGOs (American Red Cross, Save the Children US), the U.S. federal government (FEMA, the Federal Reserve) and for Fortune 500 companies (Walmart, Disney). With each role, she used her influence to lead global initiatives focused on the importance of making risk informed determinations and engaging all members of the community in the decision-making process.  Currently, Davis is the President and CEO of a woman-owned small business, The Resiliency Initiative (TRI). Ms. Davis founded TRI out of a passion to serve the whole community before, during and after an emergency.

Davis was selected as a top 10 inspiring 2022 CEO by CIOViews Magazine, voted in as the inaugural Emergency Manager of the Year by the International Association of Emergency Managers in 2018 and  inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame for Emergency Management in 2013. She specializes in crisis strategic planning, brand management and creating continuity of operations frameworks.


What I’ve Learned…So Far

Presented by Andrea Davis at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15

Hear lessons learned from a nearly 25-year career in crisis management. Andrea Davis will share stories from how she started out, working out of her car for a small nonprofit to working for FEMA supporting Hurricane Katrina Recovery, then shifting to the private sector leading global departments for both Disney and Walmart.

Davis will highlight her top five learnings so far:

  1. Know your risks and resources
  2. Plan, communicate, practice – REPEAT
  3. Collaborate and LISTEN
  4. Be culturally relevant
  5. Continuously reassess