Executive education opportunities to inform the strategies and policies needed to successfully address emerging homeland security challenges.

Image is not available
2020 Report
Executive Education Program

2020 virtual engagements allowed the EEP to reach participants in all 55 US states and territories for the first time ever.


During the COVID-19 response, the CHDS Executive Education Program (EEP) is working with experts from around the globe to provide real-time educational opportunities, identify emergent practices, and develop resources to support executives, practitioners, and educators during the pandemic. Please contact us for more information on offerings for public health and safety, homeland security, and emergency management leaders, agencies, and communities. Also, please see the CHDS Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) for special COVID-19 resources.


CHDS EEP Lecture and Webinar Series

Image is not available

Dr. Rick Bright

Image is not available

Tim Manning

Image is not available

Eileen O'Connor

CHDS Lecture and Webinar Series

March 31 & April 14, 2021
In this two-part webinar series, legal and public policy experts discuss how government roles, responsibilities, and authorities have evolved and what homeland security professionals might anticipate next with a new presidential administration, Congress and US Supreme Court majority.

CHDS Lecture and Webinar Series

January 29, 2021
In this webinar, we discuss how homeland security professionals can get above the noise to communicate credible information effectively that communities can act upon with confidence.

CHDS Lecture and Webinar Series

Series: October 9, 16, 23, 2020
& January 2021

Join the Center for Homeland Defense and Security for a webinar series discussing the challenges and emerging model practices for housing, sheltering, and congregate population management during the pandemic.

CHDS Lecture and Webinar Series

October 20, 2020
The CHDS Executive Education Program hosted a private conversation for Center students, alumni, faculty and staff with a panel of national thought leaders and subject matter experts to discuss safety and security measures for the fall 2020 US elections.

Briefing to CHDS

October 14, 2020
Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House Coronavirus Task Force member and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, provides the latest updates on COVID-19 and discusses how homeland security leaders can best help in the Nation’s response.

CHDS Lecture and Webinar Series

August 5, 2020
This webinar explores how NASA conquers the impossible and discuss strategies for confronting today’s challenges.

CHDS Lecture and Webinar Series

June 17, 2020
In this webinar, panelists discuss how U.S. communities, businesses, and government agencies approach reopening decisions when so many questions remain unanswered about the “new normal.”

CHDS Lecture and Webinar Series

June 10, 2020
In this webinar, Dr. Sheri Fink answers questions about her recent experiences as a New York Times medical correspondent in hospitals during the COVID-19 response and discusses ethical dilemmas facing leaders during the crisis.

CHDS Lecture and Webinar Series

June 1, 2020
This webinar provides an overview of the major aspects of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission’s report and discuss implications for all levels of government, the U.S. military and the private sector.

May 21, 2020
The COVID-19 world has caused many leaders to ask, “When no one knows the answer, how do you field questions from the media and the public?”. In this webinar, CHDS communications experts weigh in on the challenges and opportunities.

May 13, 2020
Decisions are being made every day to close and re-open the economy. Who gets to decide and why? This webinar discusses the power held at the federal, state, and local level for each of these decisions, and the impact these decisions have on first responders and the people they serve.

May 7, 2020
This webinar features a panel of attorneys representing public health departments and the private healthcare industry reflecting on the challenges that have confronted leaders during the COVID-19 response.

April 29, 2020
This webinar focuses on strategies to maximize resilience for ourselves, our organizations, and our communities. Experts discuss how to make good decisions, remain resilient, and prepare for a “new normal.”


April 23, 2020
In this webinar, NCJA members and national experts discuss how best to maximize collaboration and leverage Coronavirus emergency supplementary funding through enhanced relationships with emergency management agencies.

April 22, 2020
Lessons from the frontline from resilience professionals. What are states and local partners doing now to collaborate for recovery and how they will put resilience planning into practice? What is short-, mid-, and long-term resilient recovery as we balance cascading effects?

Briefing to CHDS

April 21, 2020
The Rockefeller Foundation provided a closed briefing to CHDS on its consensus-driven National Action Plan to fund states and cities as they ramp up testing

April 14, 2020
Solving the right problem, the first time is an indication of great decision-making. In this webinar, Jackson Nickerson reviews a three-step plan that can help you and others access your best thinking during stressful times and “SCoRE” a great decision.

April 3, 2020
During this webinar, John Yoo, Heller Professor of Law, University of California at Berkeley, explores the constitutional allowances/case precedents re: the roles and responsibilities of federal, state and local government in national emergencies like COVID-19.

March 25, 2020
The National Emergencies Act (NEA), the Defense Production Act (DPA) and the Section 1135 waiver authority for the Social Security Act (SSA) offer new tools to help with the monumental response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar provides context to these non-traditional emergency authorities and explores how states can effectively utilize them.

previous arrow
next arrow

About the EEP

The Executive Education Program (EEP) provides a wide-range of tailored homeland security educational opportunities designed to help strengthen U.S. capability to prevent, deter, prepare for, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and public safety threats and to build the intergovernmental, interagency, and civil-military cooperation that homeland security requires.

The academic program offerings are conducted around the country by CHDS mobile education teams comprised of nationally recognized experts from a variety of fields related to homeland security. The CHDS teams work with requesting government agencies and associations to customize educational content and structure to meet participant needs and objectives. The curriculum may cover a wide range of homeland security issues important to leaders and decision-makers or be designed to explore a single challenge in-depth. Sessions are flexible and may range from a couple of hours to several days in duration and can be delivered in the form of a seminar, symposium, workshop, presentation or short course at local venues.

Since 2003, CHDS has offered sessions that focus exclusively on enhancing the capacity of top government officials to successfully address new homeland security challenges. For states, the target audience is the governor and his/her homeland security team, which typically consists of the governor’s senior staff and the heads of each department and agency with a role in homeland security. The sessions are also available for mayors and major urban area senior homeland security leaders. Topics are discussed in an interactive roundtable format and may include: federal/state/local responsibilities and coordination, prevention, intelligence collection and information sharing, critical infrastructure protection, public communication and fear management, and response operations.

EEP Events: Nation-wide 2003-Present

CA 0 WA 0 NV 0 OR 0 ID 0 MT 0 WY 0 UT 0 NM 0 CO 0 AZ 0 ND 0 SD 0 NE 0 KS 0 OK 0 TX 0 MN 0 IA 0 MO 0 AR 0 LA 0 WI 0 IL 0 MS 0 TN 0 KY 0 IN 0 MI 0 AL 0 GA 0 FL 0 SC 0 NC 0 VA 0 WV 0 OH 0 PA 0 NY 0 ME 0 AK 0 VT 0 NH 0 MA 0 RI 0 CT 0 NJ 0 DE 0 MD 0 DC 0 HI 0 PR 0 VI 0 AS 0 MP 0 GU 0 US 0 NPS 0 PELP 0 Puerto Rico U.S. Virgin Is. Guam American Samoa N. Mariana Is. National Events i 000 ii 000 iii 000 iv 000 v 000 vi 000 vii 000 viii 000 ix 000 x 000

HS Leaders are saying …

more testimonials >


Dawn Wilson
Associate Director, Executive Education Program
(515) 556-4770

David Fukutomi
Deputy Associate Director, Executive Education Program
(415) 720-3058