2019 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum

2019 EHS&S Management Forum Agenda - Track 5


Planning for a Sustainable Future

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 5 - NextGen Corporate Sustainability Goal Setting: 2020 and Beyond

As 2020 approaches and many organizations update their goals for the coming decade, the management challenge for EHS and Sustainability professionals is reading the "tea leaves" and deciding how to put goals in place that will advance their companies' strategic sustainability and ESG initiatives. As the global business landscape changes, and the urgency to address climate change intensifies, how are expectations for companies changing? How is this playing out in the targets and commitments being set for the next 3, 5 or 10 years? Are companies moving towards more science-based targets, toward "impact-based" goals, or staying the course with incremental reductions? What goal-setting tactics are part of the new expectations for sustainability and which are just passing fads? Attend this session and learn about the new ways companies are thinking about goals as well as get a better understanding of what their internal goal setting process looks like.

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 10 - Emerging Sustainability Risks: Addressing Plastic Waste

Reducing the plastic footprint is an issue that can easily slip through your materiality analysis. For the most impacted industries – those with single-use plastics and/or single-use packaging – understanding the risk associated with plastics that end up in our oceans and other waterways is imperative. RobecoSAM plans to include single use plastic in their future questionnaires and Greenpeace has already sent out a questionnaire to industry in the U.S. this year. This session will bring participants up to speed with the magnitude of the underlying problem, regulatory changes already happening and those that are on the horizon, risks for industry (regulatory, reputational, supply chain disruptions); and the corporate response to date and outlook.


  • John Hocevar, Oceans Campaign Director; Greenpeace - Bio

Moderator: Robert Dornau, Director, Digital Product Management; RobecoSAM - Bio

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

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

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

Session 15 - Think Globally, Act Locally: Best Practices for Community Engagement

Many companies are becoming more cognizant of how their presence and operations affect the communities in which they operate and the communities where people who buy/use their products live and are taking steps to earn the right to operate within those communities. Ownership of environmental programs is driven from the corporate level and executed at the local/site level. More and more, an organization's brand, ability to attract new and maintain shareholder value are dependent on how they are perceived in the public eye. This session will provide best practices to starting/restarting an active community partnership program – where do you start and what are the strategies for engagement?


  • Rob Currie, Director Environment Health & Safety; Baxter Healthcare Corp. - Bio
  • Laura Clendenin; DuPont Co.

Moderator: Monica Torres, Senior EHS&S Technical Manager; Baxter Healthcare Corp. - Bio

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 20 - Big Wins and Ambitious Targets in Energy Reduction and Renewables

From swapping in energy efficient lighting to achieving 100% renewables to executing a virtual PPA, this session will examine case studies from corporations in different phases of implementing energy reduction strategies. Through case studies, insights and strategies, attendees will learn the role that EHS & Sustainability professionals can play in helping their corporations meet energy reduction and renewables targets. It will also highlight strategies to achieve and demonstrate cost-savings associated with renewables and energy reduction.


  • Eli Levine, Program Manager, Better Plants and TIR Programs; The United States Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office - Bio
  • Mark Dhennin, Director, Energy & Environment; Cummins Inc. - Bio

Moderator: Gary Nasta, Director, Global Environmental Affairs & Safety; The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. - Bio

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

Business-to-Business Lunch

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

Session 25 - Practical Steps Toward a Circular Economy

How are companies addressing the demands of a circular economy? What are actual steps they can take to get started down this path and what program areas are getting the most focus? How are they communicating and connect the dots between traditional EHS and Sustainability program efforts (like waste, water, packaging and energy reductions) to a circular economy effort?

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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