NAEM's 2018 EHS Management Forum
2018 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum

2018 Preliminary Agenda


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!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

7:45 a .m. - 4:30 p.m.

NAEM Corporate Member Meeting


By invite only

7:45 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

RILA Retail Environmental Compliance Meeting

Click here for more information.

Please note this meeting is for retailers only.

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Day of Service

NAEM will be working with Louisville Grows to plant 40 trees in the Portland Neighborhood. Louisville Grows is a non-profit working to increase the tree canopy of Louisville by planting trees on private property. Through their successful efforts to date they have planted over 2,500 trees in environmentally damaged neighborhoods of Louisville. These trees, which are 10 to 18 feet tall when planted, provide a number of benefits to the residents of these neighborhoods by increasing air quality, lowering urban heating, providing shade and lowering cooling bills, soaking up stormwater lessening the impacts of severe rains, and sequestering carbon from the atmosphere. Transportation and lunch will be provided. The project is happening rain or shine, so dress for the weather and be ready to get dirty!

Cost: $15.00

Open to everyone!


Sponsored by Antea Group:

EHS Support - Environmental Consulting | Antea Group USA

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Annual Golf Event

Join your colleagues and professional peers for a golf scramble at the beautiful Chariot Run Golf Club. Greens fees and transportation are complimentary but registration is required and space is limited.


Transportation is provided. Clubs are available for rental.

Cost: $20.00


Sponsored by:

Geosyntec Consultants Sphera - Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Software | Integrated Risk Management Solutions Home: Woodard & Curran

2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Registration Opens 

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

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Welcome Happy Hour

Kick off the Forum with drinks and hors d’oeuvres at a welcome happy hour. Sign up when you register.

Cost: $20.00

Open to everyone!



Wednesday, October 24, 2018

7:00 a.m.

Registration Opens and Breakfast

8:00 a.m. Opening Remarks

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 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


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)

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

Session 1 - Aligning EHS&S Strategy with Business Strategy

Session 2 - Deploying Emerging Technology for EHS&S Gains

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 - Lessons Learned from Real World EMIS Implementations

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 - Understanding Cyber Risk and the Potential Impacts on EHS

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. - 9:40 a.m.

Emerging Issues for Corporate Sustainability Management: What's Next, What's Hype, What's Keeping You Awake at Night


In just a decade, corporate 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 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.


Panelists to be announced soon!

9:45 a.m.

Morning Break in the Exhibit Hall


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)

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

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

Session 17 - Leveraging Data Analytics & Visualization for Decision Making

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. - 3:30 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

3:30 p.m.

Afternoon Break

3:45 p.m.

Closing Keynote - Unlocking the Opportunities of Skillful Communication


  • Dr. Steve MortensonAssociate 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


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. - 11:00 a.m.

Women's Leadership Networking Breakfast & Workshop

Speakers 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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