2018 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum

2018 Preliminary Agenda - Track 1


The Business of EHS

From aligning EHS&S Strategy with business strategy to elevating EHS&S risks into the Enterprise Risk picture, sessions in this track will offer EHS&S leaders a chance to discuss strategic program management issues.
*Great for senior corporate level attendees in charge of EHS&S strategy and program design and advocating for the business value of EHS.


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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

8:30 a.m.

Opening Keynote - Systems and Leadership Design: Lessons From Nature


  • Janine Benyus, Co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8 and the Biomimicry Institute - Bio

Join us for an inspiring and intriguing discussion that will reveal some of the latest innovations and opportunities that Biomimicry is unlocking in industrial and product design. Janine will also bring Biomimicry to life as she takes the audience through an insightful look at leadership and organizational design principles in nature and applies these lessons to the design of successful EHS&S organizations and principles of strong EHS&S leaders. You’ll come away from her talk with a new sense of wonder for the natural world and an appreciation for the genius design behind complex natural systems, as well as a direct sense of how these design principles can be applied to your workplace.

10:00 a.m. Morning Break

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

Session 1 - Aligning EHS&S Strategy with Business Strategy

How well is business strategy represented in your EHS&S program? Learn how your peers have conducted business reviews on EHS&S specifically looking at operating models, how to effectively pressure test EHS&S against the company strategy, and how to focus on EHS&S organizational agility while supporting the needs of the business to seize market opportunities and manage emerging risks.


Moderator: Paul Taylor, Partner; Environmental Resources Management (ERM)



  • Deborah Briggs, Vice President EHS, Security and Facilities; Polaris Industries Inc. - Bio
  • Tracy Baumgartner, Executive Director of Sustainability; Comcast Corp. - Bio
  • Mark Chrisos, Director, Environment, Health and Safety; Con Edison Clean Energy Business Inc.

12:00 p.m.

Business-to-Business Luncheon

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

Session 6 - Calculating and Communicating the Business Value of EHS&S

Your CEO is expecting more value from EHS&S. Through a variety of speaker examples, this session will demonstrate how EHS&S leaders calculate and communicate the business value of their EHS&S programs using both quantitative and qualitative approaches.


Moderator: Jim Mraz, President; Capitol Environmental Services Inc. - Bio



  • Rick Love, Manager, Environmental Sustainability; United Technologies Corp. - Bio
  • Dennis Hu, Director, Environmental Health and Safety and System Safety Engineering; Ball Aerospace - Bio
  • Edan Dionne, Vice President, Corporate Environmental Affairs; IBM Corp. - Bio

3:00 p.m.

Afternoon Break

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

Session 11 - Getting EHS&S Done without EHS&S People

Is Your EHS&S Org Right-Sized? Is it effective? Are you integrating EHS&S responsibilities into the business? This session will look at models for EHS&S organizational structures and the benefits and challenges of different approaches. Speakers will share the ways they believe their org structures yields efficiency and effectiveness and strategies for integrating EHS duties into the business… making EHS everyone’s job.


Moderator: Becky Corbin, Senior Principal, Project Manager; Woodard & Curran Inc. - Bio


  • Paul Robbertz, Senior Director, Environmental Health and Safety; Danone North America - Bio
  • Nicole Wilkinson, Director Corporate Environmental; CVS Health Corp. - Bio
  • Zhaleh Naghibzadeh, HSE Systems and Process; PepsiCo Inc. - Bio

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

Opening Reception


Thursday, October 25, 2018

8:30 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.

Emerging Issues for Corporate EHS & Sustainability Management: What's Next, What's Hype, What's Keeping You Awake at Night


  • Carol Cala, Vice President Energy, Environment, Safety & Health; Lockheed Martin Corp. - Bio
  • Rich Goode, Executive Director; Climate Change and Sustainability Services; EY - Bio
  • Tiffin Shewmake, Executive Director; Center for Retail Compliance - Bio

Moderator: Carol Singer Neuvelt, Executive Director; NAEM - Bio


In just a decade, corporate EHS and sustainability has transformed decision-making, business culture and even how companies think about their very reason for being. So what's next on this ever-shifting horizon? This dynamic panel of experts and influencers will discuss emerging EHS and sustainable business practices and share what they see as the issues that will have the biggest impact on how EHS&S leaders work, collaborate internally and engage with the full ecosystem of stakeholders. You'll walk away with a glimpse of what's possible that will help you steer your programs toward a future you can rally your business around.

10:00 a.m. Morning Break

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Session 16 - Painting EHS&S Risks Into the Enterprise Risk Picture

Integrating EHS&S risks into the broader context of Enterprise Risk Management can elevate the conversation about EHS&S resources and open a seat at the table for EHS&S leaders. This session will feature case studies from those who have framed EHS&S risks into the enterprise risk picture and examine what benefits they were able to achieve. It will also explore key information EHS&S leaders can learn from Enterprise Risk Management and the top EHS&S risks companies are facing today versus tomorrow.



  • James GoudreauHead of Climate; Novartis International AG - Bio
  • Mike Miller, Vice President, Risk, EHS & Sustainability; Advance Auto Parts Inc. - Bio

12:15 p.m.

Lunch and Inaugural Awards Ceremony

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Session 21 - Strategies to Effectively Manage EHS&S During M&A

Is your company facing major change as a result of a merger, acquisition, divestiture or spin-off? This session will share lessons learned, strategies and tactics for successfully managing EHS&S when these types of significant changes are happening. Learn about effective on-boarding and off-board of EHS&S personnel, knowledge transfer, training new personnel and other key aspects that are critical during times of transition


Moderator: Ana Fernandez, Senior Director Health Safety Environment and Compliance; TBC Corp.



  • Ann McDonald, Environmental Affairs Manager; Coca Cola Enterprises
  • Perry D. Hawkins, Corporate Director Environmental, Health, & Safety; CIRCOR International Inc. - Bio
  • Jason Johantges, Director Environmental, Health and Safety; The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. - Bio

3:30 p.m.

Afternoon Break

3:45 p.m.

Closing Keynote - Unlocking the Opportunities of Skillful Communication


  • Dr. Steve Mortenson, Associate Professor; University of Delaware - Bio

More than ever, EHS and sustainability leaders rely on their interpersonal skills to achieve their work objectives. Yet no matter how skilled we might be, there are always situations and people that can set us off and undermine our effectiveness. Identifying and defusing our emotional triggers is the foundation for skillful communication in crucial moments of confrontation, persuasion, influence, and accountability. Through this engaging and interactive keynote, attendees will learn about the links between the conscious personality, the psychological shadow, and the dysfunctions that undermine us. They will gain strategies for how to hold boundaries, engage in confrontation in a productive way and give useful advice, leaving the session better able to defuse emotional triggers and manage difficult people with skill and composure.

5:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks

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

Dinner and Networking Event

Aboard the historical Belle of Louisville riverboat




View Other Tracks

Track 1:
The Business of EHS

(View all Track 1 Sessions in Detail)

Track 2:
Technology & Data in Action

(View all Track 2 Sessions in Detail)

Track 3:
Leadership Excellence

(View all Track 3 Sessions in Detail)

Track 4:
Sustainability in the Value Chain

(View all Track 4 Sessions in Detail)

Track 5:
Everyday EHS Excellence

(View all Track 5 Sessions in Detail)

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