Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

What is a DRI Conference?

The annual DRI Conference is dedicated to the meaningful exchange of information among professionals in the areas of business continuity, disaster recovery, risk management, and more, across all industries.

Our non-profit status allows us to deliver a stress-free, non-competitive learning environment where the speakers are all senior members of their organizations. In fact, a large portion of our attendees hold executive positions, giving them a level of knowledge that fosters in-depth discussions that detail their organization’s response to major events of recent years.

Exhibit hall vendors offer cutting edge and relevant solutions to propel your BCM, ERM, or GRC program to the next level, on your time – no sales pitches are made during sessions. Whether you are starting out small or integrating global strategies, our vendors are respectful of your time and interest, and can help you attain that goal of a world-class BCM program.

Where and when will the conference be held?

March 3, 2024–March 6, 2024
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Two Poydras St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

What is the cost to attend?

Register by the early registration deadline, Jan. 6, 2024, and receive the early discount rate of $1,495. For information on the early discount registration code, call 866-542-3744 or email After the early registration deadline, the cost for DRI Certified Professionals in good standing is $1,595 and $1,695 for all other industry professionals.

A special rate of $1495/attendee is available for members of DRI’s official Collaborative Partner Organizations (click here for a list of participating organizations).

Registration must be paid in full in order to enter the conference, expo, and any related events.

DRI Certified Professionals in good standing who are unemployed can submit a request for a free conference pass by contacting

Please check Registration/Pricing for more information.

What is included in the attendee cost?

The cost includes conference sessions, meals, events,  special networking, and after-hours events, and much more.

Volunteer projects have a nominal cost of $20 which is a tax-deductible donation to the DRI Foundation.

When will registration begin?

Please check back for more information.

Do I have to be certified to attend?

No. The annual DRI Conference welcomes certified and non-certified professionals, regardless of the certifying organization, as well as all practicing professionals in auditing, risk management, governance, compliance, and related fields. But if you would like to become certified, you can start your path here – several courses are offered to attendees before the conference kicks off!

How should I dress for the conference?

Business casual attire is recommended – including a jacket in rooms that may be on the cool side. For the Auction Benefit and Awards of Excellence Gala, attire is semi-formal.

Are there any special rates for hotel rooms or blocks of rooms?

A block of rooms will be reserved at the conference venue at a special group rate. Please see our Venue & Travel page for hotel and group rate information.

Are sponsorship opportunities available?

There are many sponsorship opportunities available at the conference. Please call 866-542-3744 or email Sponsorship Sales at for more information.

How many CEAPs (Continuing Education Activity Points) will I earn by attending the conference?

View the CEAPs chart. Not only will you receive points for attending our conference and sessions, but DRI also would like to encourage and recognize the volunteer work that you do!

Special Events

What can you tell me about the DRI Awards of Excellence?

The industry awards presented by DRI International are known as the Awards of Excellence, to recognize the people, teams, and service providers who have achieved a level of excellence in the fields of continuity management, technology recovery (DR), and crisis management, as nominated by the people who know best: their peers. The awards are presented during a gala dinner and ceremony during the DRI Conference.

Nominations are collected via a secure, online voting system. The blind judging process ensures winner selection remains impartial.

See the Awards of Excellence page for more information.

When do the the DRI Awards of Excellence nominations open?

The annual DRI International Awards of Excellence will proceed, with nominations opening on August 30, 2023. See the Awards of Excellence page for more information.

What can you tell me about the DRI Foundation Auction Benefit?

The DRI Foundation Auction Benefit event provides attendees with the opportunity to bid for items on display, including memorabilia, vacations, events, electronics, health & beauty items, and much more.  All proceeds of the Live and Silent Auctions go to charities determined by the DRI Foundation board.

How can I or my company contribute to the Auction Benefit?

The DRI Foundation accepts donations of items and services to auction off at the event, which you or your organization can offer. You may also make a tax-deductible donation to the DRI Foundation. Receipts will be provided for tax deductions. For more information, contact Pascale Phelan at

What is DRI Volunteer Day?

The DRI Foundation’s Volunteer Day event gives attendees the opportunity to give back to the community by working with a charitable partner in the area such as food banks, building projects, and community gardens.

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