2018 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum

2018 Preliminary Agenda - Track 5


Everyday EHS Excellence

Solid EHS practices and programs are a necessary foundation for any company that wants to be an EHS and sustainability leader. Sessions in this track will give attendees tips and strategies for ensuring their core EHS programs - like regulatory tracking, training, and managing third party actions - are strong.
*Great for managers to have to day-to-day responsibility for EHS activities and programs across their sites.


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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 5 - Understanding and Responding to Regulatory Change

Are you up to date with recent changes to rules and regulations that the EPA has made? Attendees in this session will get an update on a variety of hazardous waste regulatory changes and hear how companies are shifting their regulatory compliance efforts in light of these changes. Hear how companies are dealing with the multitude of changes that have occurred and how they are making those adjustments in their companies.


Moderator: Amy Ebersole-Martinez, Manager, Environmental, Safety and Health; Petco Animal Supplies Inc. - Bio


  • Natasha Tofil, Director of Legal and Sustainability; Sprouts Farmers Market Inc.
  • Melissa Olberding, Senior Manager, Environmental Services; Macy's Inc. - Bio
  • John Mesheau, Manager Environmental Compliance; Retail Business Services LLC, an Ahold Delhaize Co. - Bio

12:00 p.m.

Business-to-Business Luncheon

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

Session 10 - Achieving Favorable Outcomes from Inspections, Audits and 3rd Party Action

This session will help attendees respond and manage third party actions and engagements. It will feature "dos" and "don'ts" from EHS&S leaders with deep experience leading auditing programs, overseeing inspections and managing engagements with regulators. Ample time will be dedicated to Q&A, giving the audience a chance to address specific challenges and questions they are facing.


Moderator: Luis Costa, Senior Manager, Governance, Energy, Environment, Safety & Health; Lockheed Martin Corp.


  • Dave Hadzinsky, Director of EHS; PCC Airfoils LLC - Bio
  • Amy Spann, Professional Engineer; Tennessee Air Pollution Control Board - Bio
  • Casey Anderson, Environmental, Safety and Health Manager; Lockheed Martin Corp. - Bio
  • Kevin Okerstrom, Manager Global Retail Environmental Affairs & Safety; The Estée Lauder Co.'s Inc. - Bio

3:00 p.m.

Afternoon Break

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

Session 15 - Training Innovations: Making It Stick with Today's Workforce

Whether you're training challenges are related to scale (training thousands of employees), access and connectivity of your workforce or radically diverse training needs due to age, ability, interests and even work schedules this session will dive in to a variety of tactics and tools different companies are using to ensure training isn't just delivered but absorbed. Speakers will share examples of training methods and samples of training materials including posters, single point lessons, videos, cell phone apps and other technologies.


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



  • Christine Daratany, EHS Manager, Space and Intelligence Systems; Harris Corp. - Bio
  • David Newman, Senior Director, EHS; Comcast Corp. - 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 20 - Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery: What Did and Didn't Work in 2017

Based on recent stress testing, come hear from peers at companies who had to put their BCP and disaster recovery plans into action. In a candid peer-to-peer discussion, hear from companies impacted by flooding, mudslides, fires and hurricanes across the US in recent months. Speakers will share the parts of their plans that were most successful and what elements they missed or are rethinking. Questions will explore: how well did plans hold up when put into action? What have companies learned during recent events about being adaptable and effective?


Moderator: Steve Nalefski, Vice President, General Manager, Environmental Services; Burns & McDonnell - Bio



  • Kenneth Carino Maldonado, EHS Director Aerospace Facility, Puerto Rico; United Technologies Corp. - Bio
  • Tim Dunn, Director of Environmental Affairs; Best Buy Co. Inc. - Bio
  • Cecile Pinto, Manager, ICS and Emergency Management, PMO; The Pacific Gas and Electric Co. Corp.

12:15 p.m.

Lunch and Inaugural Awards Ceremony

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

Session 25 - Achieving Health and Safety Results Using Human Error Management

Human error is accountable for a great deal of errors in industry. They cost money, impact schedule, destroy hardware, and may cost lives. They can happen with all the preventative measures in place or the best trained employees. These errors can be minimized and managed when we have the "right" environment. Human error management (HEM) is about a culture that empowers, communicates, and supports all employees around HEM. Come learn more about this cutting-edge approach to safety and steps you take to move your organization in this direction.


Moderator: Mike Miller, Vice President, Environmental Sustainability, Risk, and Safety; Advance Auto Parts Inc. - Bio



  • Laurie Stupak, Director, Mission & Process Analytics; Ball Aerospace - Bio
  • Kyle Myers, Director, Risk & Safety; CyrusOne Inc.

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

(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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