2017 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum

Programs That Help You Lead


NAEM is proud to be able to support the Florida economy with this year’s conference and happy to report the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa where the Forum will be held was not damaged during Hurricane Irma.


The Forum is a four-day conference experience filled with targeted networking events, educational programming, discussion groups and fun outings. Stay tuned to this page for updates on the unique opportunities we’ve got planned for this year!


Download the PDF agenda.

2017 Forum Preliminary Agenda-at-a-Glance


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

8:00 a .m. - 4:30 p.m.

NAEM Board of Regents Meeting - By invitation only

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Day of Service

Network with your peers and do some good, too! Volunteers will help improve coastal resiliency by removing invasive plants, and planting native sea oats that discourage beach erosion while providing a habitat for sea turtle nesting, food for pollinators and way-stations for migratory birds.

Participants should meet in the lobby of the Marriott by 8:30 a.m. to join the group on the bus. Volunteer activity will be 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Attendees will be brought back to the Marriott by 12:30 p.m. upon completion of the project. Sign up when you register.

Cost: FREE

This event is limited to in-house EHS & Sustainability professionals and sponsors of the event only.


Sponsored by Antea Group:

EHS Support - Environmental Consulting | Antea Group USA

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

RILA Retail Environmental Compliance Meeting

This meeting will include a lunch and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Click here for more information and to register.

Please note this meeting is for retailers only.

12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Annual Pre-Forum Golf Event

Join your colleagues and professional peers for a golf scramble at the beautiful Jacaranda Golf Club (http://www.jacarandagolfclub.com/). Greens fees and transportation are complimentary but registration is required and space is limited.

Attendees should meet it the lobby of the Marriott by 12:30 p.m. to join the group on the bus to the course. Golf will go from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Attendees will be brought back to the Marriott via bus by 5:30 p.m. upon completion of the scramble. Sign up when you register.

This event is limited to in-house EHS & Sustainability professionals and sponsors of the golf event only.


Sponsored by Woodard and Curran:

Woodard and Curran

2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Registration Opens 

Avoid the lines, register and pick up materials on Tuesday!

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Welcome Happy Hour - Oceanview Terrace

Kick off the 25th Anniversary Forum with drinks and hors d’oeuvres at a welcome happy hour. Sign up when you register.

Cost: $10.00

Open to everyone!


Sponsored by Antea Group, Bloomberg BNA, Enviance, EY, Gensuite LLC, HRP, ProcessMAP Corp., Redinger 360 and Sitehawk.

Sponsored Event


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Registration Opens and Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote - The Fierce Urgency of HOW


In an era when companies are increasingly under pressure to return quarterly profits and reduce costs on all fronts, David Greenberg, Special Advisor for LRN Corp., will speak on “The Fierce Urgency of HOW.” The HOW philosophy underpins the work and mission of LRN, a world renown ethics, governance and compliance strategy firm. LRN and the HOW philosophy have helped some of the world’s most respected companies build “do it right,” winning cultures and inspire principled performance throughout their organizations. This philosophy is detailed in the best-selling book, HOW: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything by LRN’s CEO Dov Seidman. HOW describes why how we behave, lead, govern, operate, consume, engender trust in our relationships, and relate to others matters more than ever and in ways it never has before. David will explain the forces that have fundamentally reshaped our world, provide frameworks to help you understand the implications of this reshaped world for you and your companies, and give you insight on how to lead and behave in ways that will foster greater success and significance.


Learn more about David Greenberg. Learn more about LRN.

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Morning Break


Track 1:
Safety and Risk

Track 2:
Optimizing Performance

Track 3:
Compliance & Core Practices

Track 4:
Strategic Sustainability

Track 5:
Deep Dives, Facilitated Discussions, and Exploratory Topics

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Session 1:

Creating and Improving a Safety Culture

Culture is often loosely defined as what people do when no one is watching. Building a culture of safety is not a quick and easy process, but involves compassionate and competent leadership, engaged employees, and robust standards and processes. Speakers will share stories of their experiences on the Safety Culture journey, and provide ideas and guidance for those who might be ready to become agents of change in their own company.



  • James Yeager, Senior EHS Engineer; Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • Gary Cluck, Senior Environmental Health & Safety Manager; Brother International Corp. - Bio
  • Todd Hohn, Corporate Safety and Health Officer; The Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. - Bio
  • Jamie Burget, Safety Engineer; Lockheed Martin Corp. - Bio

Session Chairs:

  • Paul Robbertz, Senior Director, Environmental Health and Safety; DanoneWave - Bio
  • John Perkins, Senior Director, Environment, Health, & Safety; Johnson Controls International plc - Bio

Session 2:

Measuring the Value of your EHS Management System

This session will look at how to evaluate your management system to know that it is having the intended outcome and tips for how to improve its performance. We will also discuss how companies are reacting to recent and pending standards (e.g. ISO 45001 and 14001:2015) and explore the pros and cons of getting ISO certified.



  • Erik Petrovskis, Director of Environmental Compliance and Sustainability; Meijer Inc. - Bio
  • Rick Love, Manager, Environmental Stewardship; United Technologies Corp. - Bio
  • Rick Taylor, Vice President EHS; Parker Hannifin Corp. - Bio
  • Pat McCabe, Director of Environmental Projects and Programs; Duke Energy Corp. - Bio

Session Chair:

  • Melissa Koob, Vice President; Tetra Tech Inc. - Bio

Session 3:

Navigating Regulatory Reform & Program Change at EPA and OSHA

EHS Regulatory reform has been a newsworthy issue throughout much of 2017 and extensive comments have been submitted by a wide variety of stakeholders to the US Department of Commerce, EPA and OSHA. Join this panel discussion to learn about key focus areas each agency may elect to consider, and hear how your peers are dealing with this time of both uncertainty and opportunity. You will also gain insights from those close to the agencies as to where things might be headed from a program and budget perspective in the early phase of the new administration.



  • David Smith, Partner; Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP - Bio
  • Rick Otis, Member; Earth & Water Group - Bio
  • Greg Blount, Partner; Troutman Sanders LLP - Bio

Session Chairs:

  • Wendy Brant, Senior Director, Environmental, Health and Safety Compliance; Wal-Mart Stores Inc. - Bio
  • Paul Narog, Manager, Corporate Environmental Operations; 3M - Bio

Session 4:

Selecting a Framework to Guide Sustainability Strategy

Many companies are looking at how they can align their sustainability strategy with the UN SDGs. Others are utilizing a focus on different frameworks. Attend this session and hear about how your peers are charting their sustainability strategy and setting their priorities. Benchmark your own approach and gain an understanding of what your peers are doing.



  • Tu Rinsche, Director, Social Responsibility; Marriott International Inc. - Bio
  • John Pflueger, Principal Environmental Strategist; Dell Inc. - Bio
  • Charlene Wall-Warren, Director, Sustainability; BASF SE - Bio

Session Chairs:

  • Sulaiman Hamidi, Director, Sustainability & Product Stewardship; Allergan plc - Bio
  • Alexis Ludwig-Vogen, Director, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability; Best Buy Co. Inc. - Bio

Session A:

Presentation and Discussion - Leveraging EHS Technology Trends... and Avoiding Risks

Learn how to improve project success rates involving advanced technologies in EHS programs, as well as how to risk-proof EHS investments in our fast changing and unpredictable technology world. Get insights on the Private Equity Investments Activity & Trends in the EHS space and where EHS technology investments are going. Following the presentation, share your feedback on how you are leveraging technology, what’s working (or not working) and what you’d like investors to fund in terms of future developments.



  • Manish Sood, Advisor & Management Affiliate; MidOcean Partners Private Equity - Bio

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Session 5:

The Board's View of Risk (And What They Need From You)

This session will give attendees insights on how boards think about and address risk. Speakers will discuss how enterprise risk is assessed and prioritized, and then address how specific areas, such as environmental risk, fit into the larger enterprise risk profile. It will also address issues such as establishing the proper reserve levels, and managing stakeholders in various scenarios. Attendees will come away better prepared to effectively discuss EHS risk with Board members and senior managers and advocate for the resources and attention necessary.



  • Kym Fawcett, Partner; VineQuest Ltd. - Bio
  • Rich Goode, Executive Director Financial Advisory Services -Sustainability; EY - Bio
  • Gary R. Allen, Vice President EHS; Valvoline Inc. - Bio

Session Chair:

  • Kenny Ogilvie, Chairman and CEO; EHS Support Inc. - Bio

Session 6:

How to Build Business Acumen for EHS Staff

EHS professionals must be able to speak the language of finance and understand their business to advance their efforts. This session will look at how companies have expanded their EHS impact and improved internal collaboration with business leaders by having a broader view of how the company operates financially versus functionally. Come and hear answers to questions like: What mindset prompts executives to provide support for EHS initiatives? What results have speakers seen when they have increased their EHS team's business acumen? What should EHS professionals do to develop this acumen for themselves and their teams? What is the current research in academia saying about EHS impact and return-on-investment (ROI)?



  • James Bero, Retired Senior Vice President of EHS; BASF SE - Bio
  • Alison Medbery, Vice President Finance; Ball Aerospace - Bio
  • Kevin Eckerle, Director of Corporate Research and Engagement; Stern Business School - New York University - Bio

Session Chair:

  • Dennis Hu, Director, Environmental Health and Safety and System Safety Engineering; Ball Aerospace - Bio

Session 7:

Delivering More Value with Fewer Resources

Nobody should count on "doing more with less" as a viable strategy for meeting the challenges of reduced budgets and resources but that's what we are often asked to do. This session will be a facilitated discussion with your peers who are facing these constraints. We will share approaches for delivering more value, redesigning processes to be more efficient, leveraging mutually beneficial partnerships and other ways to not only survive in challenging times, but to thrive in them. Bring your own tactics and approaches, along with questions about resource challenges you are facing.



  • Kris Morico, Global Leaders, Environmental Programs; General Electric Co. - Bio
  • Monica Alston, Director EHS & Customer Experience Lead; Comcast Corp. - Bio
  • Amy Ebersole-Martinez, Safety and Environmental Manager; Petco Animal Supplies Inc. - Bio
  • Mike Miller, Vice President, Risk Management & Safety; Advance Auto Parts Inc. - Bio

Session Chair:

  • David Williams, Director, Environment and Sustainability; Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. - Bio


Session 8:

Embracing Public Disclosure and Engaging Stakeholders

Transparency is here to stay. Is your company embracing this reality or avoiding it? This session will give attendees ideas and insights from three companies with strong transparency cultures as well as a look at how they engage external stakeholders proactively for win-win outcomes.



  • Beth A.M. Termini, Senior Director, Environment & Sustainability; Amtrak - Bio
  • Lauren (Quillian) Wilson, Environmental Policy Manager; Xcel Energy Inc. - Bio
  • Alexis Ludwig-Vogen, Director, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability; Best Buy Co. Inc. - Bio

Session Chair:

  • Karen Lutz, Sustainability Director; TRC Solutions Inc. - Bio

Session B:

Exploratory Topic Primer - Business Continuity in the event of a Black Sky Hazard

A Black Sky Hazard is a catastrophic event that severely disrupts the normal functioning of our critical infrastructures in multiple regions for long durations. This presentation will discuss efforts to ensure resilience in the event of a major, long duration power outage, often referred to as a Black Sky Hazard occurrence. Presented by Dave Maxwell, a nationally recognized emergency manager, this presentation and facilitated discussion will introduce you to strategies and projects that can help you and your organization develop and implement cost effective, loss avoidance and risk management measures for this type of event. Come away with an understanding of who is working on this issue, including the work of the EIS council, resources you can access to support your planning and a check list for getting started with this component of your resiliency and business continuity planning.



  • David Maxwell, Non-Government Organization Sector Coordinator; Electric Infrastructure Security Council - Bio

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Afternoon Break

3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Session 9:

Getting to the Root Cause: Tips and Innovations for Safety Investigations

What tools and techniques are companies using to investigate safety incidents and uncover the root cause? Benchmark different approaches as speakers present examples of how they are conducting their investigations and implementing corrective and preventative actions.



  • Jean-Charles Lambotte, Director of Quality, Environmental Care, Safety and Maintenance; Volvo Construction Equipment North America - Bio
  • Marc Juaire, Director of EHS; Liberty Diversified International Inc. - Bio
  • Rodney Canada, Vice President, Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability; CP Kelco U.S. Inc. - Bio

Session Chair:

  • Mike Wells, EHS Manager; Ardagh Group SA - Bio

Session 10:

Drones, Artificial Intelligence, and Internet of Things: Leveraging Technology to Advance EHS

From creating effective compliance programs to keeping new members of the workforce engaged, companies are employing both familiar and state of the art technologies. This session will look at how you can incorporate advanced technology to accelerate EHS programs, as well as provide insights for how to evaluate the growing universe of options.



  • Allen Stegman, General Director, Environmental and Hazardous Materials; The BNSF Railway Co. - Bio
  • Tiffin Shewmake, Executive Director; Center for Retail Compliance - Bio

Session Chair:

  • Kristen Duda, Vice President of Strategic Alliances; Intelex Technologies Inc. - Bio

Session 11:

Auditing Best Practices & Innovations

This session will give attendees a look at what their peers are doing to choose the best audit approach for their company, as well as what tools and methodologies they are employing. Speakers will discuss audit formats, staffing (including the use of consultants), and process improvements.



  • Scot Frost, EHS Assurance Manager; UTC Aerospace Systems - Bio
  • Dawn Horst, EHS Governance & Management Systems Leader; Ingersoll-Rand PLC - Bio
  • Rob Somers, Director Global Environment Health & Safety; Perrigo Co. plc - Bio

Session Chair:

  • Chris Daly, Supervising Engineer; Stantec Inc.

Session 12:

Supply Chain Transparency: Key Challenges for Retailers and Product Manufacturers

Whether you are at the beginning, middle or the end of the supply chain as a raw material provider, a consumer product manufacturer, a retailer, or a consumer this session will be an opportunity for all attendees to participate in a panel discussion and share your key challenges when it comes to supply chain transparency disclosure and collaborate on ways to maintain confidentiality while supporting regulatory requirements and sustainability initiatives that meet the needs of our collective customers.



  • Wendy Brant, Senior Director, Environmental, Health and Safety Compliance; Wal-Mart Stores Inc. - Bio
  • Dee O'Reilly, Assistant Vice President; L'Oreal USA Inc. - Bio
  • David Dilk, Senior Regulatory Affairs Expert; Givaudan Fragrances Corp. - Bio
  • Michael Hewett, Director; Publix Super Markets Inc. - Bio

Session Chairs:

  • Nicole Wilkinson, Director, Corporate Environmental; CVS Health Corp. - Bio
  • Kieran Callahan, Director, Retail Sales; UL Supply Chain & Sustainability

Session C:

Presentation and Discussion - Global EHS&S Talent and Job Market Trends

Attend this interactive session to learn about sourcing international EHS&S professionals, and how to successfully evaluate their skills. Discussions will include a review of the recently-released INSHPO “OHS Professional Capability Framework” – a guideline document that has been developed from information provided by over 50 professional EHS&S bodies across 3 continents. Data from NAEM’s 2017 Salary Benchmark Report will also be presented in this session, along with further information about global talent trends.



  • Sam Chappell, Director & Co-Founder; Shirley Parsons - Bio
  • Taylor Gelsinger, Manager of Research and Analytics; NAEM - Bio

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

NAEM 25th Anniversary Opening Reception


Sponsored by APTIM



Thursday, October 26, 2017

7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

Registration Opens and Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Keynote Session - A Generation On: Environmental Protection in the 21st Century

What does an updated approach to environmental protection look like for the 21st Century? How do we move from a 20th century model of environmental regulation to a new 21st century sustainability strategy that builds on the successes of the past five decades? Join Dan Esty, Hillhouse Professor at Yale University and Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, as he outlines a vision for a more effective approach to environmental, energy, and sustainability issues management – centered on innovation, emphasizing choice over government mandates and advancing a systems approach that recognizes interconnections across issues. Rather than looking to government to do all the work of environmental protection, Esty will outline the role and opportunities he sees for business as we shift to a more effective and modern approach to sustainability. Attendees will come away from the session with a fresh perspective on how environmental policy might be done differently and better in the years ahead – and the critical role business must play in any environmental reform effort.


  • Dan Esty, Hillhouse Professor; Yale University - Bio

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Morning Break in the Exhibit Hall


Track 1:
Safety and Risk

Track 2:
Optimizing Performace

Track 3:
Compliance & Core Practices

Track 4:
Strategic Sustainability

Track 5:
Deep Dives, Facilitated Discussions, and Exploratory Topics

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Session 13:

Managing Your EHS&S Risks: Effective Tools for Evaluating and Prioritizing Risks within your Company

What is risk? Every company has a different risk philosophy and level of materiality. This session will provide the real-world experiences of our panelists in applying a variety of tools and techniques for evaluating, measuring and prioritizing EHS&S risks. The speakers will describe the methods they used for identifying risks and implementing effective solutions that both improved operations and met company goals.



  • Debbie Kalish, Program Manager; Ingersoll-Rand PLC - Bio
  • Sandy Schenk, Director - Safety Center of Excellence; Merck & Co. Inc. - Bio
  • Dennis W. McKinney, Senior Director, Corporate EHS and Global Citizenship; Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc. - Bio

Session Chair:

  • Denny Lerch, Engineer; Haley & Aldrich Inc. - Bio

Session 14:

Improving Performance by Integrating EHS Management Systems into the Business

Integration is key. This session will look at ways EHS leaders are connecting their management systems into other business systems as well as leveraging and engaging with their company's enterprise management systems and data to advance EHS.



  • John Martin, Quality, Environmental, Health, and Safety Manager; Liberty Paper Inc. - Bio
  • Debra Hamlin, Environmental Manager; Bridgestone Retail Operations LLC - Bio
  • Jason Johantges, Director, Environmental, Health and Safety; Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. - Bio

Session Chair:

  • Deborah Briggs, Director Environment, Health, Safety & Security; Polaris Industries Inc. - Bio

Session 15:

Post Merger Integration: Strategies for a Smoother Transition

“Chaotic, disorganized, frustrating,” are words that might describe EHS post-merger integration. The deal has been announced. Now what? How do I show EHS value, meet savings expectations, adopt the best practices of both parties and ensure success and continuous compliance? Learn from the experiences of both sides of two recent mergers in different industries! What worked and what did not? One size does not fit all, but learn some ideas that might help you plan for your next deal.



  • Shanel Aliano, Staff Environmental Health & Safety Engineer - Corporate Energy, Environment, Safety & Health; Lockheed Martin Corp. - Bio
  • Jack Conway, Senior ESH Manager; Lockheed Martin – Rotary Mission Systems/ Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. - Bio
  • David Gunnarson, Senior Staff Environmental Engineer; Lockheed Martin Corp. - Bio
  • Tony Ewing, EHS Manager, Advanced Materials Division; 3M - Bio
  • Christine Kurtz, Environmental Regulatory Assurance Manager; 3M - Bio

Session Chairs:

  • Hal Ehrhardt, Senior Manager, Energy & Environmental Stewardship; Lockheed Martin Corp. - Bio
  • Beth Secor, Program Director & Vice President; ARCADIS U.S. Inc. - Bio

Session 16:

The New Metrics of Sustainability

With external groups like GRI, DJSI and CDP asking for new and different metrics—like level of training and employee engagement--and the increasing emphasis on "science-based" metrics, this session will look at the growing suite of "non-traditional" sustainability metrics. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of trends in this area and get ideas for how to be prepared to satisfy requests for these new types of information.



  • Cynthia Cummis, Director, Private Sector Climate Mitigation; The World Resources Institute - Bio
  • Robert Dornau, Director; RobecoSAM - Bio
  • Delilah Rothenberg, Operating Advisor, ESG & Impact; Pegasus Capital Advisors L.P. - Bio

Session Chair:

  • Lisa Grice, Global Director, Sustainability Services; Ramboll Environ Inc. - Bio

Session D:

Roundtable Discussion - Climate Risk Management

Join the discussion to talk about what your company is doing to integrate climate risk planning and mitigation into your operations, how you are approaching this in your public reporting and hear what others are doing on these topics.



  • Michelle Redfield, Director, Safety, Environment & Process Improvement, Global Supply Chain; Schneider Electric SE
  • Louis Christopher, Sustainability Specialist Energy & Sustainability Services; Schneider Electric SE

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Business-to-Business Luncheon

1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Session 17:

Strategies for Moving your Focus from Injury Rates to Behavior Based Safety

Attend this session and discuss: How have companies and EHS&S leaders accomplished this shift? What were the challenges and push back they had to overcome? What role did the traditional safety metrics (TRIR and Lost Time) play in their company after they made the transition? How are people keeping their BBS programs relevant and fresh? What metrics have been most effective in showing your success and keeping support for the program high?



  • Larry Cuomo, Director EHS; Dean Foods Co. - Bio
  • Majo Thurman, Director Environment & Safety; Rockwell Automation Inc. - Bio
  • James Caulfield, EHS Facilities Manager; Raytheon Co. - Bio

Session Chairs:

  • Marc Juaire, Corporate EHS Director; Liberty Diversified International Inc. - Bio
  • Aimee Taylor, Director of EHS; Dean Foods Co. - Bio

Session 18:

Managing Change & Implementing Standards in an Ever-Changing Global Business Environment

Management of change processes and standards development are two major challenges for EHS managers. This gets even tougher in a global company. Attend this session to learn about three different approaches being taken by your peers. Speakers will emphasize how they ensure a robust MOC process and how they have implemented standards in unstandardized operations and cultures around the globe.



  • Jean-Pierre Salgado, Director, Global Environment, Health and Safety; Oracle Corp. - Bio
  • Larry Deeney, Senior Technical Leader – Global Environment; General Mills Inc. - Bio
  • Jesse Trull, HSE Project Manager; Gates Corp. - Bio

Session Chair:

  • Bennett Leff, Senior Director, Environmental Health and Safety; American Standard Brands - Bio

Session 19:

Creating Metrics that Resonate from the Shop Floor to Senior Management

While metrics are used and reported upward, they can sometimes be hard for people on the shop floor to feel any ownership or control of. This session will provide an overview of NAEM research in this area and provide case histories from speakers on how they established their key performance indicators (KPIs). It will also provide insight into the ways they go about inspiring their workforce to care about these indicators and empower them to take action.



  • David Newman, Senior Director - Environment, Health, Safety and Compliance; Comcast Cable Communications LLC - Bio
  • Taylor Gelsinger, Manager of Research and Analytics; NAEM - Bio
  • Scott Hernishin, Global Quality Systems Manager; L.B. Foster Co. - Bio
  • Allen Stegman, General Director Environmental; BNSF Railway - Bio

Session Chair:

  • Mark Hause, SHE Manager; DuPont Co. - Bio

Session 20:

Maximize Your Impact by Teaming up to Address Large Sustainability Challenges

Some of the biggest gains in sustainability are coming from industry collaborations and large scale partnerships with NGOs and government. To reach your big audacious sustainability goals, you may need to join forces with each other and possibly NGO's. This session will look at how you can evaluate a partnership, pilot a program, and earn a victory to build on.



  • Rob Currie, Director, Corporate Environment, Health & Safety; Baxter Healthcare Corporation - Bio
  • John Pflueger, Principal Environmental Strategist; Dell Inc. - Bio
  • Dan Reid, Environmental Program Manager; (EICC) Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition Inc. - Bio

Session Chairs:

  • Veli Ivanova, Partner & Principal Climate Change and Sustainability Services; EY - Bio

Session E:

Training Session - Safety Investigation Approaches and Root Cause Analysis

For a deeper dive into safety investigation practices and how to perform root cause analysis, attend this training session. Taught by Susan Roche Hendrix, who leads training on this subject for FujiFilm, this session is excellent for anyone needing a primer on different safety investigating approaches and root cause analysis techniques. Learn about the importance of defining the problem correctly, techniques for gathering evidence, then selecting the correct root cause analysis tool (s). Don’t use a "screwdriver" when a "hammer" is needed, and understand that sometimes you may need both.



  • Susan Roche Hendrix, Senior Manager, EHS; Fujifilm Manufacturing U.S.A. Inc. - Bio

3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Afternoon Break

3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Thursday Afternoon Keynote: 2nd Annual NAEM IGNITE Power Hour

Imagine ten topics from ten experts in less than sixty minutes. Back by popular demand, NAEM is excited to announce that we’ll be continuing the IGNITE power hour that kicked off to rave reviews at the 2016 Denver Forum. Attend this curiously fast-paced, peer-led session and experience a new kind of event; one that will have you at the edge of your seat with innovative ideas, lessons learned and how-to information straight from your peers. Listen as EHS&S leaders present informative and engaging material in a high energy, 5-minute Ignite format. Some presentations will be EHSS related, others may just be fun topics that will illustrate the Ignite concept. Your imagination will run wild as you think of various ways that you could make use of the Ignite concept in your workplace and training. So prepare to be entertained and intrigued for the entire session! Then brainstorm on how best to apply this useful tool back at work!



  • Kristen Duda, Vice President of Strategic Alliances; Intelex Technologies Inc. - Bio
  • Margaret Enos, Product Stewardship Manager; Baxter Healthcare Corporation - Bio
  • Drena Howard, Director, Global Retail Environmental Affairs & Safety; The Estee Lauder Co.'s Inc. - Bio
  • Dennis Hu, Director EHS and SSE; Ball Aerospace - Bio
  • Melissa Koob, Vice President; Tetra Tech Inc.
  • Carol Singer Neuvelt, Executive Director; NAEM
  • Gretchen Digby Norwood, Founding Partner; Future Partners LLC
  • Paul Robbertz, Senior Director, Environmental Health and Safety; DanoneWave - Bio
  • David Williams, Director, Environment and Sustainability; Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. - Bio
  • Deborah BriggsDirector Environment, Health, Safety & Security; Polaris Industries Inc. - Bio

5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m

25th Anniversary Dinner and Networking Event at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science

Join your peers for a fun night of networking, dinner, DJ music, and access to the IMAX theatre and virtual air boat rides at Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Discovery and Science.


Shuttles will run back and forth from the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa to the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science.

Tickets are $95 and available when you register.
We recommend booking early; this event always sells out and has a limited number of spots.


Sponsored by Stericycle



Friday, October 27, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Grab and Go Pastries and Coffee

If you are joining a Friday morning session, we will have pastries and coffee available to take with you. This is included in conference registration.

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Women's Leadership Networking Breakfast

Come hear Tracie Sheehan, Chief Health, Quality and Sustainability Officer at ARYZTA discuss her career path, what she learned by being female leader in quality, environmental, safety and sustainability and how she shares her experiences to develop future leaders and motivates people to make a difference.


The cost is $60 per person. Sign up when you register or purchase the ticket using your confirmation email if you are already registered.



  • Tracie Sheehan, Chief Health, Quality and Sustainability Officer; ARYZTA AG - Bio

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

NAEM Informational Session

Are you new to NAEM and/or the Forum and want to learn more about what we offer? Have you attended a conference but want to get more involved? Are you are current member that is looking to get more value out of your membership? Attend this session with NAEM’s Executive Director and Director of Marketing to learn more about NAEM’s core services, our strategic focus and plans for the future, and specific ways you can get more involved and get more value from the NAEM network and offerings!

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Millennial Meet-Up

After a week of focused sessions and activities, come to a casual networking meet up with others in the early stages of their career. NAEM staff will facilitate some feedback gathering about your experience at the conference and you’ll have a chance to meet and network with others who attended the conference that have similar challenges and responsibilities. This is a great way to round out the week and build your network!

11:00 a.m.

Conference Adjourns


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