2018 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum

2018 Preliminary Agenda Announced


The 2018 EHS and Sustainability Management Forum is a four-day conference experience filled with educational programming, targeted networking events, discussion groups and fun outings. Stay tuned to this page for updates on the details we’ve got planned for this year!

Call for Speakers Now Open


In-house EHS&S Leaders in charge of EHS and Sustainability programs for a regulated entity are encourage to submit a speaking proposal related to one of the topics below. Click here to access the submission form.


Please note, because the 2018 EHS and Sustainability Management Forum is a peer to peer conference, we are not accepting speaking proposals from consultants or service providers.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Click here to view the agenda for the pre-conference events occurring on Tuesday October 23, 2018.


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

7:00 a.m.

Registration Opens and Breakfast

8:00 a.m. Opening Remarks

8:30 a.m.

Opening Keynote - Systems and Leadership Design: Lesson’s From Nature


  • Janine Benyus, Co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8 and the Biomimicry Institute - Bio

10:00 a.m.

Morning Break


Track 1:
The Business of EHS

Track 2:
Technology & Data in Action

Track 3:
Leadership Excellence

Track 4:
Sustainability in the Value Chain

Track 5:
Everyday EHS Excellence

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

Session 1 - Aligning EHS&S Strategy with Business Strategy

Session 2 - Leveraging Data Analytics & Visualization for Decision Making

Session 3 - Strategies for Successful EHS&S Talent Development & Succession Planning

Session 4 - Charting Your Supply Chain Sustainability Strategy

Session 5 - Understanding and Responding to Regulatory Change

12:00 p.m.


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

Session 6 - Calculating and Communicating the Business Value of EHS&S

Session 7 - Deploying Emerging Technology for EHS&S Gains

Session 8 - Building and Maintaining a Strong EHS&S Culture

Session 9 - Managing Sustainability Information Requests and Survey Overload

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

3:00 p.m.

Afternoon Break

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

Session 11 - Getting EHS&S Done without EHS&S People

Session 12 - Lessons Learned from Real World EMIS Implementations

Session 13 - The Power of Storytelling and Narrative to Influence and Engage

Session 14 - Customer/Supplier Collaboration: Is it Really Happening?

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

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

Opening Reception


Thursday, October 25, 2018

7:00 a.m.

Registration Opens and Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

8:15 a.m. Opening Remarks

8:30 a.m.

Keynote Session

9:45 a.m.

Morning Break in the Exhibit Hall


Track 1:
The Business of EHS

Track 2:
Technology & Data in Action

Track 3:
Leadership Excellence

Track 4:
Sustainability in the Value Chain

Track 5:
Everyday EHS Excellence

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

Session 16 - Painting EHS&S Risks Into the Enterprise Risk Picture

Session 17 - Smarter PPE: Wearable Sensors and Opportunities for Worker Health and Safety

Session 18 - Skills for Healthier, Happier Living and Working

Session 19 - How Do You REALLY Develop a Science-Based Target?

Session 20 - Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery: What Did and Didn’t Work in 2017

12:15 p.m.

Lunch and Inaugural Awards Ceremony

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

Session 21 - Strategies to Effectively Manage EHS&S During M&A

Session 22 - How Is Your EHS&S Data Being Used By Investors?

Session 23 - Leadership in Action: Recognizing NAEM's Inaugural Award Recipients

Session 24 - Corporate Water Stewardship: Goals, Trends and How to Account for Benefits

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

3:15 p.m.

Afternoon Break

3:45 p.m.

Thursday Afternoon Closing Keynote

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


Friday, October 26, 2018

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

Grab and Go Pastries and Coffee

If you are joining a Friday morning session, we will have pastries and coffee available to take with you. This is included in conference registration.

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

Women's Leadership Networking Breakfast

Speaker and program details coming soon. Sign up when you register.

Cost: $55.00

9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Tours, Outings, Discussion Groups and Gatherings

Book an afternoon flight home and enjoy sessions and outings with new contacts and friends met at the conference. Sessions Friday morning emphasize a more laid back atmosphere, always with lively discussion. Rather than formal presentations, most sessions are discussion based or include outings that take people out of the hotel to facility tours or educational offerings local to Louisville. Programming and topics for Friday morning are still being established but NAEM will announce a full line up of offerings in the coming weeks. Most sessions are included with your conference registration but some require sign up during registration as spots can be limited.

11:30 a.m.

Conference Adjourns


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