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: 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 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. - Bio
  • Paul Narog, Manager, Corporate Environmental Operations; 3M - Bio

12:00 p.m.

Business-to-Business Luncheon

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.


Session Facilitators:

  • Annette RussoSenior Manager, Capability Building; Johnson & Johnson - Bio
  • Nicole VossDirector, Environmental & Sustainability; Ashland 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 18 - Skills for Mindfulness, Healthier, Happier Living and Working

Acknowledging the measurable productivity gains that a safe, healthy and focused workforce can make, this session will focus on some simple things people can do to relieve stress, quiet that voice in their head to become calmer, and listen more intently, (e.g., meditation and mindfulness). In addition to personal gains, this session will also tie these techniques to business outcomes, improved work environments and improving EHS&S leadership skills.


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



  • Kate Kerr, Chief Attention Officer; Wake Up Kate - Bio
  • Linda Yoo, Head of Global Mental Wellbeing & Workplace Effectiveness; Johnson & Johnson - Bio
  • Ron Roberts, LCSW, Optum Global EAP/Work Life/Wellbeing Strategy and Clinical Director; Johnson & Johnson - Bio

12:15 p.m.

Lunch and Inaugural Awards Ceremony

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 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 as well as insights into the way the next generation thinks about leadership and what they value in leaders.


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


Speaker details to follow

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




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Track 1:
The Business of EHS

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Track 2:
Technology & Data in Action

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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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