Keynote Speaker

Steven Eberlein

Tipping Point Resilience


Tipping Point Resilience owners Steve Eberlein and Lydia Ledgerwood were living in Sri Lanka when a 9.1 subduction zone earthquake off the coast of Indonesia triggered a massive tsunami that took 230,000 lives in more than a dozen countries circling the Indian Ocean, including 35,000 in Sri Lanka itself. As aid workers, they were active witnesses to one of the largest multi-national relief efforts in history, starting from its earliest hours.

In 2006, they returned to their native Oregon only to learn that the Pacific Northwest, too, was due for a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami event like that that they had just experienced. In the final years of his decade with the American Red Cross in Oregon, Steve became wholly dedicated to educating communities and companies on the risk of West Coast earthquakes, including those caused by the San Andreas Fault, the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the Seattle Fault and the Aleutian Trench. His effort included the delivery of more than 120 ninety-minute presentations to more than 17,000 audience members in nearly 30 distinct communities, including Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle and Anchorage. Steve has also presented to dozens of top companies, senior State of Oregon officials, and even a world-famous rock band. The renown of Steve’s efforts culminated with an invitation to speak to 3,000 audience members at TEDx Portland – the largest independent TED event in the United States.

Tipping Point Resilience was launched in 2018 as a communications consultancy that specializes in earthquake preparedness. We aim to ignite enduring cultures of preparedness that are owned, sustained and propagated by our partners and audience members. Our goal is to unleash the power of each individual’s influence so that we can together create a lasting culture of preparedness throughout North America’s Ring of Fire.

Don’t miss this eye opening presentation at our Opening General Session Thursday, May 2 at 8am at the Vancouver Convention Center.


Platinum Sponsors

RH2 Engineering Core and Main NO-DES

Gold Sponsors

Kennedy/Jenks Consultants Parametrix HDR Stantec Murray, Smith & Associates, Inc.

Silver Sponsors

Brown and Caldwell PACE Engineers Carollo