2019 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum

2019 EHS&S Management Forum Agenda - Track 3


Skilled Leaders, Strong Culture

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

7:00 a.m. Registration Opens
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks

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

Opening Keynote: How Climbing Mount Everest Helped Me to Be a Better EHS Leader

As the first African American woman to successfully scale Mt. Everest, Sophia Danenberg's story is one of extraordinary discipline and determination. Not only did it test her endurance, but it also made her a better EHS leader. She will share her experiences with you and explain how she incorporated her lessons from the summit into her EHS strategy role.


  • Sophia Danenberg, EHS Strategy, International Policy Analysis; The Boeing Co. - Bio
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall

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

Session 3 - Growing EHS&S Professionals Into Leaders: A Conversation With Peers

The "EHS ceiling," or the difficulties associated with navigating up to leadership positions within the EHS&S function is a very real challenge for EHS&S professionals who are looking to advance. With an immense pool of talent poised and ready to take on greater roles and responsibility, how can EHS&S leaders identify those future leaders and support them as they attain the hard and soft skills needed to become EHS&S leaders? Once they have reached that goal, how do you retain them? Senior and emerging leaders will come together to discuss how they made the jump into leadership, provide a look at EHS employee development programs, and offer insights from emerging leaders about what motivates them to stay with an employer and push towards higher positions within the EHS&S function.


  • Dennis Hu, Director, Environmental Health and Safety and System Safety Engineering; Ball Aerospace - Bio
  • Lesley Clarke, EPD Manager, Environmental; Walker Industries Inc. - Bio
  • Gerald Roose, Director, North American Environmental Operations; Freeport-McMoRan Inc. - Bio

Moderator: David Newman, Senior Director, EHS; Comcast Cable Corp. - Bio

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

NAEM Excellence Awards Ceremony


NAEM Excellence Awards recognize and elevate leaders in the corporate environmental, health and safety, and sustainability community, and showcase best practices in corporate EHS&S management. 


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

Session 8 - Privilege, Allies and Inclusion: Addressing Diversity and Inclusion in EHS&S

Diversity and inclusion are topics at the forefront of most corporate agendas today because it is the right thing to do, and it has also been proven to be a driver for growth and economic prosperity. Diversity and inclusion initiatives need to have corporate support to be successful, but many may be struggling with how to provide this support. This session will help EHS&S leaders understand the concept of unacknowledged privilege and the roll that privilege can play in breaking down cultural barriers, promoting inclusive behavior, and changing corporate cultures. It will also examine the different tactics and messages management teams are using to attract, develop and retain a diverse workforce.


  • Corrine Mitchell, Director - Laboratory and Radiation Safety Services, Radiation Safety Officer, Environmental Health & Safety; Harvard University
  • Monica Alston, Director, Environment, Health and Safety; Comcast Corp. - Bio

Moderator: Helen Pappas, Northeast Area Manager; Gannett Fleming Inc. - Bio

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

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

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

Session 13 - Increasing Your Executive Presence and Leadership Effectiveness

Leadership goes beyond the authority you hold and the number of people who report directly to you. Great leaders must understand how to engage, inspire and "own the room" to foster a sense of collaboration and connectedness within their organizations. This session will demonstrate how leaders can leverage their own strengths and what behaviors can grow their executive presence.


Moderator: Annette Russo, Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability; Johnson & Johnson - Bio

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

Opening Networking Reception


Sponsored by:

Risk Management Solutions by Redinger 360


Thursday, October 17, 2019

7:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Registration Opens
7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Breakfast, Exhibit Hall Opens

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

Thursday Morning Keynote: From Incremental to Transformational: Championing Sustainability Into Organizations at Every/Any Stage

Business and sustainability, when paired, have the power to drive and inspire business purpose and meaningful sustainability impacts. These days, targets and improvements on energy, waste and water are common; while these are necessary fundamentals, will they solve our global climate crises? The time has come to see sustainability as the catalyst for business growth, resiliency and leadership, instead of the "nice-to-have" work for any business. This lens will inspire and benefit profitable growth, attract and retain the best employees, and ensure our license to operate across markets and industries.


This session will highlight different companies on their quests to transform toward deeper purpose and sustainability integration, both internally and externally, by exploring what hurdles have they overcome, what actions have they taken, and how are they moving from values to impact. Attendees will come away with insights about incremental and transformational opportunities to help them leverage their efforts as EHS&S professionals toward shifting the sustainability paradigm for their own organization.


  • Deanna Bratter, Senior Director of Public Benefit and Sustainable Development; Danone North America - Bio
  • Jill Kolling, Vice President, Global Sustainabilty; Cargill Inc. - Bio
  • Rick Taylor, Corporate Vice President, EHS; Parker Hannifin Corp. - Bio

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

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall

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

Session 18 - Taking a Fresh Look at Safety Culture

How do you determine and measure a strong safety culture? What are the specific tools, messages, training and incentives being used to engage all employees – from the front line to the executive offices – in a safety culture. Come away with practical tools and tactics you can experiment in your own safety culture efforts.


  • James Burget, Safety Engineer; Lockheed Martin Corp. - Bio
  • Brigette Philpott; Sodexo USA Inc.

Moderator: Scott Ickes, Senior Manager, Compliance; Decorative Panels International Inc. - Bio

12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Business-to-Business Lunch

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

Session 23 - Influence: A Key Tool in the EHS&S Leader’s Toolbox

EHS&S leaders are often in a position where they must influence others within their company who do not report to them. This session will provide creative strategies to help you drive results and become a leader that others will want to follow. Come learn how to create a vision people want to get behind and how to influence stakeholders internally and externally.


Moderator: Nicole Wilkinson, Director, Corporate Environmental; CVS Health Corp. - Bio

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Networking Break

4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Thursday Afternoon Keynote: GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP - Change Your Mind, Change Your World

Global Citizenship means using our everyday work and lives as a vehicle to grow inwardly and thereby, become the best version of ourselves. Becoming a Global Citizen is not about traveling the world; it is about using the challenges within our individual lives to become stronger and more productive members of the world. When we embody the qualities of a Global Citizen — presence, empathy and inspiration — then we can truly inspire those around us.


With the mindset of the Global Citizen, every challenge in our work and lives — from a disagreement with a coworker, to the loss of someone we love — becomes fuel for us to grow inwardly and reach our potential. Our role is not to "change the world," but to "change ourselves." Becoming a Global Citizen begins with realizing we already have everything we need to be happy right now.


From the slums of Haiti, to the fields of Uganda, to the Mongolian Steppe, Chris pulls from real-life examples to illustrate that the key to productivity, meaning and connection does not lie in changing our external conditions, but in transforming our current conditions to grow.


  • Chris Bashinelli - Bio

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

Closing Remarks

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

Dinner and Networking at the Hockey Hall of Fame

Enjoy a great night of food, drinks, entertainment and interactive games at the historic Hockey Hall of Fame!

The Hockey Hall of Fame is home of the Stanley Cup and the finest collection of hockey artifacts in the world. Much more than a sports museum, the Hockey Hall of Fame is a vibrant, immersive and interactive celebration of hockey.


More details to come!

Cost: $95


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Track 3: Skilled Leaders, Strong Culture

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Track 4: Foundational EHS&S

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Track 5: Planning for a Sustainable Future

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