2018 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum

2018 Preliminary Agenda - Track 3


Leadership Excellence

Whether you are tasked with managing an EHS&S function or focused on improving your personal leadership skills, this track has lots of exciting opportunities to sharpen your skills - including mindfulness, storytelling, collaboration and influence.
*Great for EHS&S leaders interested in honing new leadership skills, as well as those wanting to ensure their company has a strong EHS&S talent pipeline.


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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

8:30 a.m.

Opening Keynote - Systems and Leadership Design: Lesson’s From Nature


  • Janine Benyus, Co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8 and the Biomimicry Institute - Bio
10:00 a.m. Morning Break

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

Session 3 - Strategies for Successful EHS&S Talent Development & Succession Planning

This session will offer attendees a look at how their peers are attracting, developing and retaining EHS&S Talent in their organizations. Additionally, it will provide examples of different organizations’ succession planning tools and documents and allow attendees to discuss how they are tackling the challenges related to developing talent and ensuring there are leaders ready to step into key EHS&S roles.


Moderator: Monica Alston, Director, Environment, Health & Safety; Comcast Corp. - Bio



  • Holly Duckworth, Chief Learning Officer; Kaiser Aluminum Corp. - Bio
  • Mark Hause, SHE Manager - SHE & Sustainable Growth Center; DuPont Co. - Bio
  • Scott Fergon, Global Executive Director EHS; Tenneco Inc.

12:00 p.m.


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

Session 8 - Building and Maintaining a Strong EHS&S Culture

Culture is often defined as what people are doing when no one is watching. At the end of the day it’s the culture of the organization that matters most in terms of EHS&S performance. This session will look at example of different companies’ culture initiatives, including the practices and behaviors that have been most effective for changing, building and maintaining a strong EHS&S culture.


Moderator: Larry Deeney, Senior Technical Leader Global Environment; General Mills Inc. - Bio



  • Kelvin Roth, Director, EHS; CF Industries Inc. - Bio
  • Megan Lum, Director Environment, Transmission; The Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

3:00 p.m.

Afternoon Break

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

Session 13 - The Power of Storytelling and Narrative to Influence and Engage

Join this workshop session and learn how to be a better story teller and how to apply storytelling and narrative to engage colleagues, advance your professional efforts and get others excited and interested in supporting you and your work.


Moderator: Annette Russo, Senior Manager, Capability Building; Johnson & Johnson


Speaker details to follow

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

Opening Reception


Thursday, October 25, 2018

8:30 a.m.

Thursday Keynote

10:00 a.m. Morning Break

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

Session 18 - Skills for Healthier, Happier Living and Working

Acknowledging the measurable productivity gains that a focused and healthy workforce can make, this session will focus on simple things people can do to relieve stress, quiet that voice in their head, become calmer, and listen more intently. In addition to personal gains, this session will also tie these techniques to business outcomes and improved work environments.


Moderator: Paul Robbertz, Senior Director, Environmental Health and Safety; Danone North America - Bio



  • Kate Kerr, Chief Attention Officer; Wake Up Kate - Bio

12:15 p.m.

Lunch and Inaugural Awards Ceremony

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

Session 23 - Leadership in Action: Recognizing NAEM's Inaugural Award Recipients

Join a lively panel discussion with the inaugural NAEM NextGen EHS&S Leadership awardees as they share insights about their leadership styles, what characteristics and skills they believe are most important for rising EHS&S leaders and advice they’d pass on to those wanting to move into leadership roles at their companies. Come away with strategizes to inspire and engage the rising talent in our field.


Moderator: Deborah Briggs, Vice President EHS, Security and Facilities; Polaris Industries Inc. - Bio


Speaker details to follow

3:15 p.m.

Afternoon Break

3:45 p.m.

Thursday Afternoon Closing Keynote

3:15 p.m.

Afternoon Break

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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