Michelle Newcome


I’ve designed and implemented organizational resilience programs for a host of Fortune 500 clients in every industry from tech to retail to hospitality to manufacturing. The programs I build for my clients focus on the integration of emergency response, security, crisis management, and business continuity into a holistic resilience practice. I love working with teams to build programs that reflect their organizational reality – whether that’s the leadership team, the physical security team, a business continuity team within a large organization, or a small business. There’s a special place in my heart for mechanically complex environments because who doesn’t love nerding out on human ingenuity.

As Program Lead for the creation of a resilience program for a tech giant’s global offices and data centers, I developed and tested teams from diverse geographical and professional backgrounds. I worked closely with cross-functional teams representing engineering, security, facilities, EHS, ITDR, data security, and culinary to build a complete program. I conducted over 70 tabletop exercises as part of this engagement and will forever be grateful to have visited Sweden four times per year because that’s the only country on earth where I’m not the tallest woman within five miles. And yes the Northern Lights are as amazing as you’ve been promised they are.

In addition to my consulting practice through Risk Resiliency, I’m the CEO of White Deer Group and publisher of How2Conquer, a boutique publisher specializing in unique how-to books. I’m also an amateur photographer and all images on this website were taken on my various travels. 

Yep, I have lots of chairs I’ve never actually sat in because I’m always moving. This is the magic of the empty nest years, y’all!

Education & Certifications
  • CBCP, DRI International
  • MFA, Writing, Georgia State University
  • MA, Education, University of Redlands
  • BA, English, University of California, Riverside
Volunteer and Board Positions
  • Member, UN Global Network of Experts on the Protection of Vulnerable Targets against Terrorist Attacks
  • Executive Member, Ring 9, Hipower
  • Board Member, The New School
  • Past Board Member, Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School
  • Past Committee Member, Audit and Compliance, Atlanta Public Schools
  • Past Advisory Board Member, Epsilon Pi Chapter, Kappa Kappa Gamma
Professional Memberships

Select Experience

  • Global Security Threat Response Program
  • Investigations Guide

  • Data Center Resiliency Program
  • Emergency Response
  • Crisis Management Program Design

  • Business Resiliency Planning and Program Design
  • IT/DR Planning
  • Policy Development

  • Security Protocols
  • Crisis Management Program Documentation
  • Training Programs

  • Workplace Violence Prevention
  • Data Centers Crisis Management Planning
  • Distribution Centers Emergency Response Planning
  • RISC 24/7 Response Center Analyst Process Design

  • Global Resiliency Program
  • Business Continuity Program
  • Security Standards and Protocols

  • Landside Security and Soft Target Threat Program

  • Incident Response Planning
  • Physical Security Standards
  • Workplace Violence and Threat Response Program Development
  • Access Control and Mass Communications Program Management

  • Crisis Management Plans

  • Active Shooter Response Plan

  • Legal Crisis Action Team Planning and Exercise
  • Active Shooter Planning and Exercise