2018 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum

2018 Preliminary Agenda - Track 2


Technology & Data in Action

How do you leverage emerging technology and data to advance EHS&S programs? This track will explore a variety of best practices and emerging opportunities for internal data management and technology as well as a look at how EHS&S data is being used externally by investors.
*Great for EHS&S leaders that are involved in collecting and leveraging EHS&S data for better decision making OR those who love technology and want to stay up to speed on how to apply these to their work.


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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 2 - Deploying Emerging Technology for EHS&S Gains

EHS&S organizations must be creative, adaptive and agile when it comes to leveraging technologies and innovations being deployed in their companies. This session will examine examples of how EHS&S leaders have successfully leveraged technology being employed in other areas of their business for EHS gains or convinced their company to bring in a new technology to launch in EHS.


Moderator: Allen Stegman, General Director Environment; BNSF Railroad - Bio



  • Doug McReynolds, Director Environmental Project Controls and Real Estate; BNSF Railway - Bio
  • Eric Brown, EHS Digital Data Analytics Leader; General Electric Co. - Bio
  • Kenneth Phillips, Corporate EHS Program Manager; Intel Corp. - Bio

12:00 p.m.

Business-to-Business Luncheon

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

Session 7 - Lessons Learned from Real World EMIS Implementations

Are you implementing or planning to implement a new EHS&S software solution? Come and hear dos and don't from speakers who've recently gone through the implementation process. Discussion will focus on project structure, business process design, change management and user adoption. Attendees will leave with valuable lessons learned geared toward making their own implementation more successful.


Moderator: John Hollar, Principal; Geosyntec Consultants Inc. - Bio



  • Shawn Stokes, Environmental Compliance Director; Trident Seafoods Corp. - Bio
  • Jim Meier, Vice President of Environmental; Arch Coal Inc. - Bio

3:00 p.m.

Afternoon Break

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

Session 12 - Understanding Cyber Risk and the Potential Impacts on EHS

Every day the news brings reports of breaches, ransomware, and identity theft. Although it may appear at first glance that these growing threats have little to do with EHS, the relationship between these two fields grows stronger as the risk increases. In this session, we’ll explore this linkage and discuss how organizations can benefit from holistic risk management. Topics will include data privacy and security; regulatory drivers; and the three types of cyber risk impacting EHS.


Moderator: Kathryn Nobrega, Senior Manager of Health, Safety and Environmental Programs, Global Physical Security and Safety; Symantec Corp. - Bio



  • John Ingram, Senior Manager of Business Strategy and Operations, Global Physical Security and Safety; Symantec Corp. - Bio
  • John Brence, Chief Information Security Officer; Knight Point Systems LLC - 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 17 - Leveraging Data Analytics & Visualization for Decision Making

From dashboards to infographics, this session will examine how peers collected, analyzed and shared data in visual formats. It will highlight decisions and outcomes that speakers were able to attain using data visualization.  Attendees will come away with an understanding of how to implement data visualization efforts even if they have limited resources, as well as an awareness of more sophisticated global tools.


Moderator: Christine Kurtz, Environmental Regulatory Assurance Manager; 3M - Bio



  • Emily Freeman, EMS Program Administrator; Denver Dept. of Public Health & Environment; City & County of Denver - Bio
  • Kelsey Klucas, Advanced Environmental Engineer; 3M - Bio
  • J.J. DeGiovanni, Managing Director; Corporate Quality, Safety, Regulatory and Data; United Airlines Inc. - Bio
  • Jared Pasparage, Data Visualization Lead; United Airlines Inc. - Bio

12:15 p.m.

Lunch and Inaugural Awards Ceremony

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

Session 22 - How Is Your EHS&S Data Being Used By Investors?

As companies disclose more and more EHS&S information and data via platforms like GRI, CDP or directly to ESG firms, how is it being used? In particular how are external stakeholders aggregating, manipulating, and summarizing your data and what if anything can you do about it? As EHS&S data becomes more front and center for investors, how are they looking at your data? This session will focus on what EHS&S leaders who participate in external reporting need to know to ensure their data is complete and being used to represent them in an accurate light.



  • Robert Dornau, Director Sustainability Service; RobecoSAM - Bio
  • Stella Kenway, Senior ESG Advisor; RepRisk AG - Bio
  • Bob Huber, Equity Markets Product Specialist; Bloomberg LP - 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

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Track 2:
Technology & Data in Action

(View all Track 2 Sessions in Detail)

Track 3:
Leadership Excellence

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Track 4:
Sustainability in the Value Chain

(View all Track 4 Sessions in Detail)

Track 5:
Everyday EHS Excellence

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