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Delivering Business Value through Innovation and Leadership

 

If you're looking for new ideas to improve efficiency, manage risk or advance sustainability, you'll find inspiration through the interactive discussions and peer case studies the Forum delivers. This year, we are organizing these peer-led sessions around four tracks. The full agenda will be announced in the coming weeks so check back for details on topics and speakers.

 

2 - 7 p.m.

Registration Opens

Avoid the lines, register and pick up materials on Tuesday!

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

NAEM Board of Regents Fall Leadership Meeting

7 - 8 a.m. Registration Open, Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
8 - 
8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

8:30 - 10 a.m.

Opening Keynote - Beyond Sustainability: Designing for Abundance

Drawing on a decade of lessons in putting Cradle to Cradle concepts into practice, William McDonough invites us to reimagine everything from doorknobs to the Hoover Dam. In a world that uses design as a tool for positive impact, industry can do better than “do no harm”: it can actively improve everything with which it comes into contact. For McDonough, the questions of resource scarcity and sustainability are questions of design. He envisions beneficial designs of products, buildings, and business practices and shows us these ideas being put to use around the world as everyday objects. Chairs, cars, and factories are being reinvented not just to sustain life on the planet but to grow it. McDonough will provide an eye-opening, inspiring tour of the next industrial revolution as it unfolds and shares insights with attendees on how to take their companies from "less bad to more good."

 

10 - 10:30 a.m. Break in the Exhibit Hall
Breakout Sessions Track 1:
Risk and Resource Planning
Track 2:
Innovations in EHS Management
Track 3:
Leveraging Data and Metrics
Track 4:
Sustainability Challenges and Drivers

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

Session 1:

Allocating Limited Resources to Deliver Compliance AND Sustainability Results

Handling numerous compliance programs, management systems and sustainability initiatives with one team, especially a decentralized team, can be a struggle. This session will feature brief presentations and a panel discussion with organizations that are successfully navigating those challenges. In this session you will gain insight into how your peers are managing these competing priorities, with a focus on program structures, staffing, and budgets and learn what efforts have proven successful.

 

  • Brian Burnikel, Senior Manager EHS; The Boeing Co.
  • Additional Speakers TBA

Moderator:
Brad Waldron, Director, Corporate Risk Management;
Caesars Entertainment Corp.

Session 2:

Regulatory Hot Topics & Emerging Issues

This session will provide attendees with a review of emerging regulatory issues and regulatory changes and updates.  Special focus will be given to regulations at the federal, state and global levels. Attendees will leave the session with a thorough review of current or pending regulatory changes as well as a list of issues to keep an eye on for 2015.

 

  • Alex Dunn, Executive Director, ECOS
  • Scott Fulton, Principal; Bevridge and Diamond pc

Moderator:

Karen Hansen, Principle; Beveridge and Diamond pc

Session 3:

Leveraging Leadership Metrics and Goals to Drive World-Class EHS&S Programs

How do world-class EHS leaders combine lagging and leading indicators to drive EHS leadership behaviors? Learn how others manage the dilemma of setting goals related to performance versus goals to drive site-specific behaviors by attending this thought-provoking session. You'll hear how your peers balance the demands of external metrics with internal goals and best practices for integrating global EHS goals into business management systems.

 

  • James Bilgo, Manager Environment, Health and Safety; Kohler Co.
  • Richard Love, Manager, Environmental Sustainability; United Technologies Corp.
  • Steve Sacco, Senior Vice President of Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability; Schneider Electric SE

Moderator:

Michelle Redfield, Director, Safety, Environment & Process Improvement; Schneider Electric SE

Session 4:

Integrating Sustainability into the Business... The Journey

EHS and sustainability professionals are often confronted with how best to integrate sustainability into the mainstream disciplines of their organizations. This journey introduces question such as: ‘How do you define sustainability?' ‘How do you gain support from the C-Suite?' and ‘How do you measure the results of your program?' The speakers in this session will share their individual journeys to address these challenges and to integrate sustainability, as they define it, into their organizations.

 

  • Richard Crowther, Manager of Sustainability; Coca Cola Refreshments
  • Thomas Day, Chief Sustainability Officer; United States Postal Service
  • Tim Lindsey, Global Director of Sustainable Development; Caterpillar Inc.

Moderator:

Jamey Jones, Vice President Compliance and Environmental Affairs; TruGreen

12 -
1:30 p.m.
Lunch

1:30 -
3 p.m.

Session 5:

Proactive Risk Management - Identify, Quantify & Communicate

Risk management has become a hot topic in board rooms across the nation and EHS and Sustainability are key components of those discussions. Attend this session to learn about successful risk management programs and begin to develop your own risk management plan. You will get tools to identify quantify and communicate the financial benefits of EHS and Sustainability Risk Management; learn how to engage the right stakeholders; and how to build the business case. You'll leave the session with a path forward to enhance your plan and impress your board members.

 

  • Susan Apel, General Counsel; Ellwood Group Inc.
  • Nicole Hamilton, Manager EHS; Ashland Inc.
  • Brad Waldron, Director, Corporate Risk Management; Caesars Entertainment Corp.

Moderator:

Kenny Ogilvie, CEO; EHS Support

Session 6:

Innovations to Reduce Compliance Costs and Time

Time is money and money talks. Sound familiar? So, how do you find more time and more money? Hear from your peers on innovative ways to achieve these goals while overcoming workplace challenges. This session will include methods to improve compliance, reduce property risk and EHS incidents, speed up permit time and improve processes that provide financial value or other benefits to the business. This session will also address the challenges of maintaining compliance when faced with fewer resources and ever expanding responsibilities. Finally, we will hear successful strategies to show the value of these efforts.

 

  • Paul Narog, Manager Environmental Operations; 3M Co.
  • Mark HauseCorporate Environmental Manager, DuPont Co. (Invited)

Moderator:

Kristin Meek, Senior Project Manager;
AMEC Environment & Infrastructure

Session 7:

Driving Business Value through External Reporting

Companies are continually looking at ways to be accountable and transparent to stockholders but how about driving competitive advantage, strengthening your brand and engaging customers?  Attend this session and learn how three leading companies are fine turning their reporting strategy to achieve their core sustainability targets as well as these unexpected business benefits.  Numerous sustainability reporting mechanisms are available - CDP, The Dow Jones Sustainability Index and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI ) to name a few - but how do you set your reporting strategy to ensure maximum value?  Learn from these veteran reporters who will share rich insights on how to overcome reporting challenges and improve your company’s public sustainability stature.

 

  • Holly Emerson, Senior Analyst, Product Stewardship, Center for Energy Efficiency Sustainability; Ingersoll-Rand Inc.
  • Bruce Karas, Vice President, Environment & Sustainability; The Coca-Cola Co.
  • Sandy Nessing, Managing Director, Sustainability & EHS Strategy & Design; American Electric Power Co. Inc.

Moderator:

David Bubenick,
Director, Carbon Management Services; CB&I Co.

Session 8:

Water - Material Risk or Business Opportunity?

You know water is a valuable natural resource but does it rises to the level of a material risk? How do you move beyond price when assessing the value of water or justifying reduction projects? Are you prepared for water to be the next “mandated” CDP report starting in 2015? Hear the latest on the CDP water report and learn how some of your peers have identified business opportunities instead of just water risks. Come away with an understanding of how the water/energy nexus may expand your consideration of water as we explore this systemic resource management challenge.

 

  • Christina Copeland, Sector Lead, Disclosure Services; CDP
  • Michael Hightower, Water for Energy Project Lead; Sandia National Laboratories
  • Scott Stallard, Senior Manager, Environmental Sustainability; Lockheed Martin Corp.

Moderator:

Hal Ehrhardt, Manager, Energy & Environment; Lockheed Martin Corp.

3 -
3:45 p.m.
Break

3:45 -
5:15 p.m.

Session 9:

Addressing EHS challenges throughout the Mergers & Acquisitions Life Cycle

EHS managers have an important role in identifying and quantifying the risks that are material to the outcome of Merger and Acquisition (M&A) deals. The due diligence period is often brief and deal teams look to EHS to ensure potential future liabilities are identified and addressed.  This includes not only environmental liability but cultural issues as well. Learn from your peers how M&A risks are identified, quantified and communicated from pre deal through the post deal integration process.  Also hear from members of the NAEM M&A working group on lessons learned and ideas shared throughout their 2014 working sessions.

 

  • Hal Ehrhardt, Senior Manager Energy & Environmental Programs; Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • Curt Michols, Senior Principal Specialist Global EHS & Energy; Abbott Laboratories
  • Juan-Carlos Tabora, Environmental and Sustainability Manager; Ryder Inc.
  • Seaton Thedinger, Associate; Hogan Lovells
  • Sam Waldo, Director of EHS & Support Services; Amphenol Corp.

Moderator:

Lori Smargiassi, ESH Engineer; Lockheed Martin Corp.

Session 10:

Leveraging Management Information Systems and Tools for Innovative Results

This session will explore case studies from EHS and Sustainability managers who've utilized management information systems to achieved unexpected value and results. By considering the 2-way use of EHS and non-EHS application, the speakers will share ideas and inspiration for cost-sharing and collaboration that attendees can apply in their own organizations.  Attendees will leave the session with specific ideas for ways to leverage their existing tools for new or different applications as well as share innovative uses they've employed at their own organizations.

 

  • Dina Kuykendal, EHS Director Baker Hughes
  • Jessica O'Brien; Corporate Environmental Supervisor, NuStar Energy
  • Tony Shea, Director, Environmental Compliance; NRG Energy Inc.

Moderator:

Anne Heinrich, Associate;  E2 ManageTech Inc.

Session 11:

Measuring Your Training Effectiveness

Organizations spend a lot of time creating and delivering training to increase knowledge and skill levels for their employees.  How can you be sure that this is time well spent?  Learn how other companies measure their training effectiveness and using their training metrics to improve their programs.

 

  • James Basore, EHS Training Manager; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Mark Fowler, EHS Facilities Manager; Philips Invivo
  • Carol Carey; EHS Learning Leader, GE Energy (Invited)

Moderator:

Annette Russo, Manager, Communications, Training- Worldwide EHS; Johnson & Johnson

Session 12:

Charting a Green Products Strategy: Setting the Scope and Demonstrating Value to Stakeholders

Companies are under increasing pressure to provide more sustainable products that take the impacts of the full product life cycle into account, and to respond to customer demand for life cycle information. This session will explore how a company defines greener products, sets the scope of what attributes to include and what goals to strive for, responds to key customer requests for life cycle information, and communicates the value to stakeholders.

 

  • Johanna Jobin, Director of Corporate Responsibility; EMD Millipore
  • Ray Sharples, Manager, Product Stewardship, Medical Devices and Diagnostics; Johnson & Johnson

Moderator:

Maragret Enos, Manager, Product Stewardship; Baxter International Inc. 

5:30 -
7 p.m
Networking Reception
7:30 -
8:15 a.m.
Registration Open, Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

8:15 -

8:30 a.m.

Morning Remarks

8:30 -
10 a.m.

Keynote Session - Everybody's Business: The Unlikely Story of How Big Business Can Fix the World

This year, we are proud to introduce the provocative ideas of Lucy Parker and Jon Miller, Partners at the Brunswick Group and authors of the book “Everybody’s Business: The Unlikely Story of How Big Business Can Fix the World”. Lucy Parker and Jon Miller bring a fresh point of view to the relationship between business and society, and how corporate leaders should think about environmental stewardship. Lucy and Jon have worked with large companies from across a variety of industry sectors, helping them develop their companies' unique "sustainability point of view" and think creatively about how their business can solve global environmental problems while making a profit.

 

10 - 10:30 a.m. Break in the Exhibit Hall
Breakout Sessions Track 1:
Risk and Resource Planning
Track 2:
Innovations in EHS Management
Track 3:
Leveraging Data and Metrics
Track 4:
Sustainability Challenges and Drivers

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

Session 13:

Employee Engagement to Drive Continuous EHS&S Improvement

Creating an engaged workforce can be a key to continuous EHS&S improvement. Join us to hear from EHS leaders who have deployed programs that were championed by an engaged workforce. They'll share their strategies for measuring and increasing engagement levels, as well as how they used performance metrics to demonstrate continuous improvement. You'll come away with proven programs and tactic for increasing engagement and taking EHS performance to the next level.

 

  • Jon Farris, General Manager; Nucor Corp.
  • Sarah Gibson, Environmental Programs Manager; Dell Inc.
  • Marty Healy, Enterprise EHS Leadership Team, W. L. Gore & Associates Inc.
  • Ryan McMullan, Environmental & Safety Manager; Toyota Motor Sales

Moderator:

Diana Cosgrove, Director, EHS Governance; Danaher Corp.


Session 14:

Strategies for Integrating and Standardizing EHS Across the Business

How do complex organizations tackle the challenge of standardizing EHS across their business and harmonizing management systems to reach their EHS and sustainability objectives? In this session we will explore how companies are integrating management system standards with EHS regulations to achieve compliance at all levels and across a variety of geographic regions. You'll come away with an understanding of how to embark on a project to achieve this standardization.

 

  • Steve Gedalje, Director, Environment, Health and Safety; ITT Corp.
  • James R. Van Langen, PE, Vice President Management Systems, Corporate Maritime Policy; Carnival Corp. & plc
  • Tyler Monzel, Director of Loss Control & Sustainability; Dixie Chemical Co.

Moderator:

Milan Dayalal, Vice President of Sales; Dakota Software

Session 15:

So you're the new "Product Compliance Manager.” Now What?

This session will examine how companies are putting systems and strategies in place to track and comply with global product regulations. It will highlight tactics that have been successful as well as identify persistent challenges that attendees should be aware of. You'll leave this session with an understanding of the critical steps to ensure your company isn't falling behind on product regulatory compliance, and how you can pull all the data together to ensure compliance from customer request through to import/export and final delivery.

 

  • Terri Harrison, Senior Manager Compliance and Regulatory Affairs; Apex Tool Group LLC
  • Raymond Lizotte, Director, IT Environmental Stewardship Office; Schneider Electric SE
  • Amanda Moses, EHS & PR Chemical Controls Program Manager; Ashland Inc.
  • Chhevi Sharma, Manager, Process Improvement and SAP Compliance Controls; Ashland Inc.

Moderator:

Brad Ullery, Manager-Permits Operations and Compliance; Target Corp.

Session 16:

The Next Evolution in Sustainability Management

Drivers for sustainability have become plentiful for all industry sectors. The response by many companies has been to develop programs to address sustainability issues as they arise. Consequently, sustainability issues are often managed in a segmented versus integrated manner. In this session, attendees will hear best practice examples from practitioners who have been successful at managing sustainability challenges in a coordinated manner – across the various areas of sustainability as well as in conjunction with traditional EH&S obligations. Attendees will get new ideas on prioritizing issues, leveraging resources, and improving efficiency to optimize sustainability and EH&S management performance.

 

  • Robert ter Kuile, Senior Director Sustainability, Global Public Policy; PepsiCo Inc. 
  • Tim Mohin, Director, Corporate Responsibility; Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
  • Natasha Scotnicki, Director, Corporate Program; CERES

Moderator:

Rich Pandullo, Director, Sustainability & Environmental Management; Trinity Consultants

12 -
1:30 p.m.
Exhibitor Luncheon

1:30 -
3 p.m.

Session 17:

Developing Today's Talent into Tomorrow's Leaders

Most companies today find hiring, developing, and retaining EHS and Sustainability leaders to be a challenge. Often it can take months to find the right person and years to build the experience and skills necessary for the role. Companies must also address the possibility that EHS talent will move to a different role, change companies or retire. This session will explore ways companies attract, develop and retain talent, and identify EHS leaders. Attendees will leave this session with a better understanding of how companies manage their EHS and Sustainability talent pipeline, from recruitment through development of the EHS Leaders of tomorrow.

 

  • Erin M. Black, Vice President of Environmental, Health and Safety; Coca Cola Refreshments
  • Mike Gabaly, Director Finance & Business Operations, EES&H; Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • Tracy Perkins, Americas Environmental Manager; SABIC Innovative

Moderator:

Lauren Blair, EHS Professional; Caterpillar Inc.

Session 18:

Effectively Managing EHS and Sustainability Programs When Expanding Globally

Entering new countries and regions presents many challenges and opportunities for companies, especially from an EHS perspective. From language barriers to lack of available resources, driving responsible EHS and Sustainability programs and engaging employees around your EHS culture is a significant challenge. Attendees will hear how other companies have successfully overcome these common challenges, and what they continue to struggle with.

 

  • Kisa Adkins BaskinGlobal Environmental Compliance Program Manager; Newell Rubbermaid
  • Barry DambachSenior Director EHS; Alcatel-Lucent
  • Gretchen Digby, Director, Global Sustainability Programs, Ingersoll-Rand Inc.

Moderator:

Chris England, Director Environment, Safety, Health & Security; Xylem

 

Session 19:

Using Leading Indicators to Predict Future Incidents

Measuring environment, health and safety performance accurately and reliably is a key ingredient to achieving management support for EHS programs. Business leadership wants metrics that will help them predict future performance and EHS leaders need to know what information to give them. This session will explore how EHS leaders are using leading indicators as proactive measures to drive excellent performance results and have a positive impact on the workforce.  

 

  • Mitch MitgangDirector, Environment, Safety, Health & Security; ITT Corp. 
  • Anna Pierce, EHS Compliance Assurance Manager; GE Power and Water

Moderator:

Steve Gedalije, Director ESH; ITT Corp.

 

 

Session 20:

Preparing Your Business for Climate Change

The first sentence in the recently released report Climate Change Impacts in the United States reads: “Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present.” Climate change has the potential to introduce new business risks that must be understood and managed. In this session we will explore how companies are assessing and climate change risks, and what they are doing to develop adaptive management strategies.

 

  • Zach BaumerClimate Program Manager; Office of Sustainability, City of Austin
  • Paul FlemingManager Climate Resiliency Group; Seattle Public Utilities

Moderator:

Kevin Conroy, Principal and U.S. Manufacturing Sector Lead; Golder Associates

3 -
3:45 p.m.
Afternoon Break

3:45 -
5:15 p.m.

Leading Without Authority: Tools and Behaviors that Get Results
EHS professionals are often tasked with a great deal of responsibility - ensure global compliance, drive culture change, reduce company-wide resource use, to just give a few examples - but often don’t have the authority to demand change or action. In the absence of authoritative power, effective leaders must use other tools to get results. With more than 25 years of HR experience and as the owner of the global EHS Talent Pipeline for Caterpillar, Dodie Gomer will give us a fresh perspective on how EHS executives can lead without authority and be successful influencers. She will share six powerful leadership and influence tools and demonstrate how to apply them to the world of EHS leadership. Using a peer-to-peer exercise, attendees will have a chance to practice using these tools and will walk away from the session better able to engage and influence those around them. They will also come away with a leadership development plan to support their development cycle after the conference and a peer advisor they can reach out to for input on difficult leadership situations.

 

  • Dodie Gomer, Environmental Health Safety Competency Supervisor; Caterpillar Inc.
5:30 -
7 p.m
Networking Dinner Event
8:30 - 9 a.m. Grab and Go Coffee and Pastries

9 -
11:45 a.m.

Tours, Outings, Discussion Groups and Learning Labs

Friday morning will offer attendees a variety of networking and learning activities including facilities tours, group outings to attractions in the local area as well as onsite roundtable discussions and interactive learning sessions. These activies are open to all and included in your conference registration. The details and sign up will be announced in August. Seating will be limited and an RSVP will be required.

11:45 a.m. - 12 p.m. Closing Remarks
12 p.m. Conference Adjourns

Program Details

 

Track 1: Risk and Resource Planning

It is imperative that EHS Leaders create and implement plans that demonstrate business value while reducing regulatory and other related risks. With continuous pressure on budgets, leaders must prioritize their resources to achieve results. Sessions in this track will focus on how companies have successfully aligned resources with business objectives and the processes they have used to most effectively prioritize risk.

 

Track 2: Innovations in EHS Management

Compliance remains at the core of what EHS professionals do, and having effective systems and tactics are critical to ensure performance meets expectations. The topics in this track will showcase best practices, real takeaways and innovative ideas for the EHS professional striving for continuous improvement.

 

Track 3: Leveraging Data and Metrics

Data and information management remain critical components of effective compliance and injury-reduction systems. Find out how leading companies leverage existing and new enterprise-wide systems to proactively manage the complexities from an operational and stakeholder perspective.

 

Track 4: Sustainability Challenges and Drivers

Sustainability practices continue to evolve and offer transformational pathways and opportunities for companies. Learn how common operational risks and challenges across the supply chain are being proactively addressed to better protect companies and position them as industry leaders.

Interested in Speaking?

 

Are you an EHS or sustainability leader with a case study to share? Contact Virginia Hoekenga, NAEM Deputy Director, at virginia@naem.org or call (202) 986-6616 to learn about speaking opportunities.

Forum Planning Committee

 

Meet the EHS leaders that make up the 2014 Forum Planning Committee.

About NAEM

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