Coffee Talks

Coffee Talks

Join us on your afternoon break for a casual conversation with peers to discuss and explore different topics from research administration. This event is open to SRAI members and non-members and the Coffee Talks are free.  

  • Coffee Talks are a series of a one-hour virtual discussions.
  • Participants can earn a CEU (1 contact hour of education).
  • Subjects can range from hot topics in research administration to soft skills for the workplace.
SRAI's membership has a diverse roster of folks with many interesting perspectives and backgrounds. 

Let's get together and chat!

For questions, contact Debbie Appler.

Upcoming Coffee Talks

Assessing Regulations and Maintaining Cybersecurity Compliance while Teleworking
June 4 | 3:00 pm ET

Whether your office had been offering telework options for some time or was thrust headfirst into this new reality by the COVID crisis, this Coffee Talk will explore some of the challenges we all face with working in a virtual world. Many of these challenging topics begin with a "C": cybersecurity, communication, collaboration, culture, consistency, career (growth), connectivity, and community. As we look forward to a new normal, this Coffee Talk will focus on one aspect: Cybersecurity. We will concentrate on what good practices are for assessing regulation and maintaining compliance while working remotely from work sites when IT support cannot be physically present.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the major regulatory requirements for cybersecurity.
  • Assess the efficacy of your own telework cybersecurity program.
  • Utilize proven practices for remote information security.
Content Level: All Levels

Discussion Leaders:

Timothy L. Gehret,
JD, Esq.
Office of Sponsored Programs, Contracting Officer
Georgia Institute of Technology

Blake Penn

Information Security Policy and Compliance Manager
Cyber Security
Georgia Institute of Technology
Susan Wyatt Sedwick
Senior Consulting Specialist
Attain LLC
SRAI Distinguished Faculty

Click here to register

Registration is free for members and non-members. You need to register to receive the login information.

Submit questions for the panel in advance to Debbie Appler at

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"I came away with several ideas that will help our office staff. I was happy I took the time to attend. An hour is manageable right now."
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