Resilience in an Uncertain Future: The Power of Partnerships
At the heart of the resilience movement is the acknowledgement that we live in an interconnected world and there is no “one” action that will solve the world’s problems. Our future safety and success lies on understanding how systems interact and building relationships across disciplines to achieve a stronger, more resilient community. General Walsh’s talk will highlight the impact that partnerships can have across a variety of program areas and project types.
MG Michael Walsh USA (Ret), an Executive Vice President in Dewberry’s Fairfax, Virginia office, is the director of National Program and Resilience Solutions Group. Mr. Walsh has extensive experience in every aspect of project and program management in the water resources community. He has over ten years executive experience in delivering solutions to flood risk management issues, responding to floods, and developing flood plain management solutions. Mr. Walsh is an expert in all areas related to the United States Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Program and Emergency Operations.
Prior to Joining Dewberry MG (R) Walsh served as the Deputy Commanding General Civil and Emergency Operations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington D.C., where he was responsible for a $10 billion annual program and supervised all Civil Works activities nationwide with 24,888 employees who operate and maintain infrastructure valued at $232 billion that includes 609 dams, 4,330 recreation areas, 12,000 miles of waterway, and 936 harbors. Mr. Walsh was a principal advisor to the US Army Chief of Engineers and the Assistant Secretary of the Army. His responsibilities included USACE emergency response and FEMA support including most recently Hurricane Sandy. He was a leader on the Committee on the Marine Transportation System that reported to the Secretary of Transportation and President of PIANC USA, a World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure.
Mr. Walsh delivered over $15 billion of structural and non-structural programs to address water resources concerns from ecosystem restoration to comprehensive flood risk reduction systems for major U.S. cities. He was also the US Presidentially-selected and Senate Confirmed, President of the Mississippi River Commission. He oversaw the successful response to Hurricane Isaac and Gustof and the immediate actions on the Mississippi River when drought threatened the nation’s barge traffic. The President of the United States was personally engaged in all these actions and Mr. Walsh was the leader who made the Army Corps missions a success. Mr. Walsh is a change agent who has designed, implemented and led the transformation of the Army’s Civil Works Program; the most strategic change in the Corps in many decades. Mr. Walsh has been described as a visionary, a leader, and can make things happen in the most challenging environments.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
DoubleTree Hotel, 237 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107