2019 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum

2019 EHS&S Management Forum Agenda - Track 4


Foundational EHS&S

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 4 - Best Practices in EHS Auditing and Corrective Action

Audits are a time-consuming but necessary practice for EHS&S professionals. Each corporation has their unique approach; however, there is a benefit to sharing best practices that can help to lighten the burden. Attendees will gain valuable insight on what are companies tracking and how they are tracking it (e.g., Excel, software, 3rd party). Attendees will also learn how to take the metrics gathered from audits and translate it from parent company to different locations. It will also examine best practices for how often to perform audits, how to keep auditing programs fresh and relevant, and how to turn the results into action items.


  • Dana Zbyszynski, EHS Technical Manager, Internal Audits; Baxter International Inc.
  • Nicole Voss, Director, Sustainability & Environmental; Ashland Inc. - Bio
  • Jamie Sherry, Director EHS Process Excellence; Danone

Moderator: Becky Corbin, Senior Principal, Project Manager; Woodard & Curran Inc. - 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 9 - Managing EHS&S in the Current State and Federal Regulatory Environment

As international communities continue to transform, and as the Federal government rolls back environmental and sustainability regulations, this session will look at how states are bridging the gap that has been formed and examine how this dichotomy will affect the EHS&S industry. Speakers will share best practices to help corporations streamline programs across states and gain insight on how to predict fine budgets in different states.


  • Michael Anderson, Principal Engineer, Corporate Energy, Environment, Safety & Health Advocacy Lead; Lockheed Martin Corp - Bio
  • Don Welch, Executive Director; Environmental Council on States - Bio

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

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

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

Session 14 - Tips and Strategies from Peers Leading and Moving Towards Zero-Waste Programs

Zero Waste to Landfill, or ZWTL, is a common term but understanding what it means right now and what it will mean in the future as companies are faced with big shifts in global recycling markets. In the face of this uncertainty, many companies are ramping up their efforts and some are even making new efforts towards ZWTL. This session will provide strategies and best practices from companies at different stages of ZWTL adoption. It will provide practical advice on developing ZWTL goals that appropriately balance the attainment of published goals with the actual intent of the initiative. Attendees will also learn how to identify acceptable offsets on the road to ZWTL, waste and recycling strategies that appeal to the C-suite and how to develop both hard and soft metrics for your ZWTL initiative.


  • Sherri Livengood; Danone
  • Sera Kontarini, Director, Environmental Risk and Compliance; Ivanhoé Cambridge - Bio

Moderator: Mary Linn Leonards, Eastern Sales Manager; Heritage Environmental Services LLC

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

Opening Networking Reception


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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 19 - Trends and Innovation in EHS&S Training

One of the most persistent management challenges in our field is developing effective and engaging training programs that are appropriate for multinational organizations, corporations with high turnover and those with an intergenerational workforce. From micro-training to gamification to incentive-based programs, what are the different approaches companies are taking to make training effective? This session will explore the latest and greatest trends and innovations in training.


Moderator: Darrell Bradfield, EHS Director of Programs, Culture and Governance; Advance Auto Parts Inc.

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

Business-to-Business Lunch

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

Session 24 - Innovative Ways to Address EHS&S Resourcing and Organizational Design

As EHS&S professionals take on more roles within their organizations, appropriate resourcing of this function is imperative. This session will provide examples and solutions for alternative EHS&S resourcing to address the ever-growing demand on the EHS&S function. It will also provide new and improved organization formats and structures to leverage other functions and parts of the organization as well as practical advice to help leaders manage the relationships between corporate and facility personnel responsible for implementing day-to-day requirements.

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 5: Planning for a Sustainable Future

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