Resilience, the Art of Surviving and Thriving

Speaker: Christine Burke, Executive Director at Morgan Stanley

Title: Resilience, the Art of Surviving and Thriving

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2024, 4:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Mohler Laboratory Room 355, 200 West Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015.

The Lehigh ISE Department is pleased to announce that Christine Burke, will give the Spencer C. Schantz Distinguished Public Lecture titled “Resilience, the Art of Surviving and Thriving” on Thursday, May 2, 2023, from 4:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Mohler Laboratory room 355, 200 West Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA.


The Lehigh ISE Award Ceremony honoring ISE students, faculty, and staff will follow immediately after the lecture (5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.).

The Lehigh ISE Banquet Dinner will be held at Zoellner Arts Center, Butz Lobby (2nd Floor) 420 East Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015 from 6:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Registration is required for both events:

  • To register for the Schantz Distinguished Public Lecture and ISE Awards Ceremony, click here.
  • To register for the ISE Banquet Dinner, click here.

If you do not have a Google account, please email to register by April 22, 2024.


The imperative to ensure personal and organizational resilience has never been greater and will grow with an urgency matching the accelerating pace of change in nearly every facet of our lives. Businesses fend off many thousands of cyber-attacks alone every day. The truth about our collective and individual vulnerabilities is well beyond the data heists, outages and ransomware revealed in daily newsfeeds. We know being compromised is a ‘when’ not an ‘if’. Are you ready? Relentless exposure to media in overdrive, positive and negative, social and otherwise, elicits a persistent stress response. How does that feel?  As symbiotic denizens of a shared planet the climate crisis impacts us personally and collectively, directly and ever closer to our periphery. Are you ready? Increasing interconnectivity makes us stronger and more at risk. So, what do we do? As it turns out, solutions for personal and group resilience are not dissimilar. We are each a microcosm of our many larger wholes, and much can be learned from viewing varied perspectives. Over the course of my career as global change agent, COO, Talent Management Officer, entrepreneur, teacher and now resiliency leader I have seen how critical well-developed resilience is to well-being for individuals, teams, and organizations. Having led the implementation of programs and practices significantly improving resiliency postures, I know there are levers we can pull that are at once simple, systemic, effective...many squarely from the ISE space. In this session we will talk about what resilience means in its many contexts and discuss tools you can employ to prepare for the constant of change we live in and to help organizations and individuals you care about to not just survive but to thrive.


Christine Burke is an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley where she has been a global change leader, Talent Management Officer (twice), Chief Operations Officer (three times), Chief of Staff, internal entrepreneur and is currently a resilience governance leader. She has held leadership positions across the firm in Operations, Technology, Cyber Security and Trading. She is also on the Morgan Stanley Technology Philanthropy Steering Committee having originated the MS cyber-philanthropy initiative. Christine has also been a math teacher in the Bronx, the founding Director of Finance, Operations, Technology and HR in a foundational diverse by design charter school network and is the owner of a global brand unrelated to any of the above. In her time at Morgan Stanley, and prior to that with Coopers & Lybrand Consulting, Christine has worked and, in some cases, lived in over 10 countries. In addition to being a triathlete and having summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, Christine has served on the board of Brooklyn Prospect Charter School and as Co-Chair for Partnership for Children and is a member of the Lehigh ISE Alumni Advisory Council.