2017 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum

Programs That Help You Lead


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

2017 Forum Preliminary Agenda-at-a-Glance


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

8:00 a .m. - 4:30 p.m.

NAEM Board of Regents Meeting - By invitation only

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Annual Pre-Forum Golf Event

Join your colleagues and professional peers for a golf scramble at the beautiful Jacaranda Golf Club (http://www.jacarandagolfclub.com/). Greens fees and transportation are complimentary but registration is required and space is limited. Attendees should meet in the lobby of the Marriott by 7:30 a.m. to join the group on the bus to the course. Attendees will be brought back to the Marriott via bus upon completion of the scramble.

This event is limited to in-house EHS & Sustainability professionals and sponsors of the event only.

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

RILA Retail Environmental Compliance Meeting

This meeting will include a lunch and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Click here for more information and to register.

Please note this meeting is for retailers only.

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Volunteer Activity

Network with your peers and do some good, too! Volunteers will help improve coastal resiliency by removing invasive plants, and planting native sea oats that discourage beach erosion while providing a habitat for sea turtle nesting, food for pollinators and way-stations for migratory birds.

Participants should meet in the lobby of the Marriott by 8:30 a.m. to join the group on the bus. Attendees will be brought back to the Marriott upon completion of the project.

Cost: $25.00

This event is limited to in-house EHS & Sustainability professionals and sponsors of the event only.

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

Registration Opens 

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

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Welcome Happy Hour - Oceanview Terrace

Kick off the 25th Anniversary Forum with drinks and hors d’oeuvres at a welcome happy hour. Sign up when you register.

Cost: $10

Open to everyone!


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Registration Opens and Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks

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

Opening Keynote

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

Morning Break


Track 1:
Safety and Risk

Track 2:
Optimizing Performace

Track 3:
Compliance & Core Practices

Track 4:
Strategic Sustainability

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

Session 1:

Creating and Improving a Safety Culture

Culture is often loosely defined as what people do when no one is watching. Building a culture of safety is not a quick and easy process, but involves compassionate and competent leadership, engaged employees, and robust standards and processes. Speakers will share stories of their experiences on the Safety Culture journey, and provide ideas and guidance for those who might be ready to become agents of change in their own company.



  • James Yeager, Senior EHS Engineer; Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • Gary Cluck, Senior Environmental Health & Safety Manager; Brother International Corp.
  • Todd Hohn, Senior Director of Safety and Health; The Pacific Gas & Electric Corp.
  • Jamie Burget, Safety Engineer; Lockheed Martin Corp.

Session Chairs:

  • Paul Robbertz, Senior Director, Environmental Health and Safety; DanoneWave
  • John Perkins, Senior Director, Environment, Health, & Safety; Johnson Controls International plc

Session 2:

Measuring the Value of your EHS Management System

This session will look at how to evaluate your management system to know that it is having the intended outcome and tips for how to improve its performance. We will also discuss how companies are reacting to ISO 45001 and 14001:2015 and explore the pros and cons of getting ISO certified.



  • Erik Petrovskis, Director of Environmental Compliance and Sustainability; Meijer Inc.
  • Rick Love, Manager, Environmental Stewardship; United Technologies Corp.

Session Chair:

  • Melissa Koob, Vice President; Tetra Tech Inc.

Session 3:

Navigating Program Change at EPA and OSHA

Regulatory and voluntary programs at both agencies are on the table for minor or major changes which makes running your programs and setting priorities difficult. Join this panel discussion to hear how your peers are dealing with this time of uncertainty and get insights from those close to the agencies as to where things might be headed with enforcement trends and budget and rule-making in the early phase of the new administration.


Session Chairs:

  • Wendy Brant, Senior Director, Environmental, Health and Safety Compliance; Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
  • Paul Narog, Manager, Corporate Environmental Operations; 3M
  • Rick Otis, Member; Earth & Water Group
  • Greg Blount, Partner; Troutman Sanders LLP

Session 4:

Selecting a Framework to Guide Sustainability Strategy

Many companies are looking at how they can align their sustainability strategy with the UN SDGs. Others are utilizing a focus on different frameworks. Attend this session and hear about how your peers are charting their sustainability strategy and setting their priorities. Benchmark your own approach and gain an understanding of what your peers are doing.



  • Tu Rinsche, Director, Social Responsibility; Marriott International Inc.
  • John Pflueger, Principal Environmental Strategist; Dell Inc.

Session Chairs:

  • Sulaiman Hamidi, Director, Sustainability & Product Stewardship; Allergan plc
  • Alexis Ludwig-Vogen, Director, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability; Best Buy Co. Inc.

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


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

Session 5:

The Board's View of Risk (And What They Need From You)

This session will give attendees insights on how boards think about and address risk. Speakers will discuss how enterprise risk is assessed and prioritized, and then address how specific areas, such as environmental risk, fit into the larger enterprise risk profile. It will also address issues such as establishing the proper reserve levels, and managing stakeholders in various scenarios. Attendees will come away better prepared to effectively discuss EHS risk with Board members and senior managers and advocate for the resources and attention necessary.



  • Kym Fawcett, Manager, Safety & Social Responsibility Canadian Operations; Enerplus Corp.
  • Rich Goode, Executive Director Financial Advisory Services -Sustainability; EY
  • Gary R. Allen, Vice President EHS; Valvoline Inc.

Session Chair:

  • Kenny Ogilvie, Chairman and CEO; EHS Support

Session 6:

How to Build Business Acumen for EHS Staff

EHS professionals must be able to speak the language of finance and understand the business to advance their efforts. This session will look at how companies have expanded their EHS career development and given employees a broader view of how the company operates. Come and hear answers to questions like: What do the training programs look like? What results have speakers seen when they've increased their EHS team's business acumen? How do you get support for this type of staff development?



  • James Bero, Retired Senior Vice President of EHS; BASF SE
  • Alison Medbery, Vice President Finance; Ball Aerospace - Bio
  • Kevin Eckerle, Director of Corporate Research and Engagement; Stern Business School - New York University

Session Chair:

  • Dennis Hu, Director, Environmental Health and Safety and System Safety Engineering; Ball Aerospace

Session 7:

Delivering More Value with Fewer Resources

Nobody should count on "doing more with less" as a viable strategy for meeting the challenges of reduced budgets and resources but that's what we are often asked to do. This session will be a facilitated discussion with your peers who are facing these constraints. We will share approaches for delivering more value, redesigning processes to be more efficient, leveraging mutually beneficial partnerships and other ways to not only survive in challenging times, but to thrive in them. Bring your own tactics and approaches, along with questions about resource challenges you are facing.



  • Kris Morico, Global Leaders, Environmental Programs; General Electric Co.
  • Monica Alston, Director EHS & Customer Experience Lead; Comcast Corp.
  • Amy Ebersole-Martinez, Safety and Environmental Manager; Petco Animal Supplies Inc.
  • Mike Miller, Vice President EHS; Advance Auto Parts Inc.

Session Chair:

  • David Williams, Director, Environment and Sustainability; Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.


Session 8:

Embracing Public Disclosure and Engaging Stakeholders

Transparency is here to stay. Is your company embracing this reality or avoiding it? This session will give attendees ideas and insights from three companies with strong transparency cultures as well as a look at how they engage external stakeholders proactively for win-win outcomes.



  • Beth A.M. Termini, Senior Director, Sustainability; Amtrak
  • Lauren (Quillian) Wilson, Environmental Policy Manager; Xcel Energy Inc.
  • Alexis Ludwig-Vogen, Director, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability; Best Buy Co. Inc.

Session Chair:

  • Karen Lutz, Sustainability Director; TRC Solutions Inc.

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

Afternoon Break

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

Session 9:

Getting to the Root Cause: Tips and Innovations for Safety Investigations

What tools and techniques are companies using to investigate safety incidents and uncover the root cause? Benchmark different approaches as speakers present examples of how they are conducting their investigations and implementing corrective and preventative actions.



  • Jean-Charles Lambotte, Director of Quality, Environmental Care, Safety and Maintenance; Volvo Construction Equipment North America
  • Marc Juaire, Director of EHS; Liberty Diversified International Inc.

Session Chair:

  • Mike Wells, EHS Manager; Ardagh Group SA

Session 10:

Drones, Artificial Intelligence, and Internet of Things: Leveraging Technology to Advance EHS

From creating effective compliance programs to keeping new members of the workforce engaged, companies are employing both familiar and state of the art technologies. This session will look at how you can incorporate advanced technology to accelerate EHS programs, as well as provide insights for how to evaluate the growing universe of options.



  • Allen Stegman, General Director, Environmental and Hazardous Materials; The BNSF Railway Co.
  • Tiffin Shewmake, Executive Director; Center for Retail Compliance

Session Chair:

  • Kristen Duda, Vice President of Strategic Alliances; Intelex Technologies Inc.

Session 11:

Auditing Best Practices & Innovations

This session will give attendees a look at what their peers are doing to choose the best audit approach for their company, as well as what tools and methodologies they are employing. Speakers will discuss audit formats, staffing (including the use of consultants), and process improvements.



  • Scot Frost, EHS Assurance Manager; UTC Aerospace Systems
  • Kent Hart, Director, HSE&F; Honeywell
  • Rob Somers, Director Global Environment Health & Safety; Perrigo Co. plc

Session Chair:

  • Chris Daly, Supervising Engineer; MWH Global Inc.

Session 12:

Supply Chain Transparency: Key Challenges for Retailers and Product Manufacturers

Whether you are in the middle or at the end of the supply chain as a retailer, this session will be an opportunity for all attendees to share their key challenges when it comes to supply chain transparency and get strategies for how to move the needle on supplier engagement, data collection and disclosure.



  • Wendy Brant, Senior Director, Environmental, Health and Safety Compliance; Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
  • Dee O'Reilly, Assistant Vice President; L'Oreal USA Inc.


Session Chair:

  • Nicole Wilkinson, Director, Corporate Environmental; CVS Health Corp.

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

Welcome Reception


Thursday, October 26, 2017

7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

Registration Opens and Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks

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

Keynote Session

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Morning Break in the Exhibit Hall


Track 1:
Safety and Risk

Track 2:
Optimizing Performace

Track 3:
Compliance & Core Practices

Track 4:
Strategic Sustainability

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Session 13:

Prioritizing and Assigning EHS Resources Through the Lens of Risk Minimization

Hear from speakers in this session about how they structure their programs and resources with the guide of risk heat maps and enterprise risk assessment processes and tools.



  • Debbie Kalish, Program Manager; Ingersoll-Rand PLC
  • Sandy Schenk, Manager S&E; Merck & Co. Inc.
  • Dennis W. McKinney, Senior Director, Corporate EHS and Global Citizenship; Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc.

Session Chair:

  • Denny Lerch, Engineer; Haley & Aldrich Inc.

Session 14:

Improving Performance by Integrating EHS Management Systems into the Business

Integration is key. This session will look at ways EHS leaders are connecting their management systems into other business systems as well as leveraging and engaging with their company's enterprise management systems and data to advance EHS.



  • John Martin, Quality, Environmental, Health, and Safety Manager; Liberty Paper Inc.
  • Debra Hamlin, Environmental Manager; Bridgestone Retail Operations LLC

Session Chair:

  • Deborah Briggs, Director Environment, Health, Safety & Security; Polaris Industries Inc.

Session 15:

Creating Metrics that Resonate from the Shop Floor to Senior Management

While metrics are used and reported upward, they can sometimes be hard for people on the shop floor to feel any ownership or control of. This session will look at how the speakers established their key performance indicators (KPIs) and the ways they go about inspiring their workforce to care about these indicators and empowering them to take action.



  • David Newman, Senior Director - Environment, Health, Safety and Compliance; Comcast Cable Communications LLC
  • Taylor Gelsinger, Research Analyst; NAEM
  • Allen Stegman, General Director Environmental; BNSF Railway

Session Chair:

  • Mark Hause, SHE Manager; DuPont Co.

Speakers to be announced

Session 16:

The New Metrics of Sustainability

With external groups like GRI, DJSI and CDP asking for new and different metrics—like level of training and employee engagement--and the increasing emphasis on "science-based" metrics, this session will look at the growing suite of "non-traditional" sustainability metrics. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of trends in this area and get ideas for how to be prepared to satisfy requests for these new types of information.



  • Cynthia Cummis, Director, Private Sector Climate Mitigation; The World Resources Institute
  • Robert Dornau, Director; RobecoSAM
  • Delilah Rothenberg, Managing Director; Pegasus Capital Advisors L.P.
  • Ron Jarvis, Vice Presidet, Merchandising & Sustainability; Home Depot Inc.

Session Chair:

  • Monty Lovejoy, Director, Industrial Key Accounts; Ramboll Environ Inc.

Speakers to be announced

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Business-to-Business Luncheon

1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Session 17:

Strategies for Moving your Focus from Injury Rates to Behavior Based Safety

Attend this session and discuss: How have companies and EHS&S leaders accomplished this shift? What were the challenges and push back they had to overcome? What role did the traditional safety metrics (TRIR and Lost Time) play in their company after they made the transition? How are people keeping their BBS programs relevant and fresh? What metrics have been most effective in showing your success and keeping support for the program high?



  • Larry Cuomo, Director EHS; Dean Foods Co.
  • Majo Thurman, Director Environment & Safety; Rockwell Automation Inc.
  • James Caulfield, EHS Facilities Manager; Raytheon Co.

Session Chairs:

  • Marc Juaire, Corporate EHS Director; Liberty Diversified International
  • Aimee Taylor, Director of EHS; Dean Foods Co.

Session 18:

Managing Change & Implementing Standards in an Ever-Changing Global Business Environment

Management of change processes and standards development are two major challenges for EHS managers. This gets even tougher in a global company. Attend this session to learn about three different approaches being taken by your peers. Speakers will emphasize how they ensure a robust MOC process and how they have implemented standards in unstandardized operations and cultures around the globe.


Session Chair:

  • Bennett Leff, Senior Director, Environmental Health and Safety; American Standard Brands

Speakers to be announced

Session 19:

Post Merger Integration: Strategies for a Smoother Transition

"Chaotic, disorganized, frustrating," are words often used to descript EHS post-merger integration (PMI). In this session representatives from companies that have recently completed mergers and acquisitions will evaluate the PMI approach, identify challenges that can threaten merger integration and provide practical tips for balancing existing programs. Come prepared to share the challenges you've faced and any solutions or steps you found to make the integration more successful.



  • Shanel Aliano, Staff Environmental Health & Safety Engineer - Corporate Energy, Environment, Safety & Health; Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • Jack Conway, Senior ESH Manager; Lockheed Martin – Rotary Mission Systems/ Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.
  • David Gunnarson, Senior Staff Environmental Engineer; Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • Tony Ewing, EHS Manager, Advanced Materials Division; 3M
  • Christine Kurtz, Environmental Regulatory Assurance Manager; 3M

Session Chairs:

  • Hal Ehrhardt, Senior Manager, Energy & Environmental Stewardship; Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • Beth Secor, Program Director & Vice President; ARCADIS U.S. Inc.

Session 20:

Maximize Your Impact by Teaming up to Address Large Sustainability Challenges

Some of the biggest gains in sustainability are coming from industry collaborations and large scale partnerships with NGOs and government. To reach your big audacious sustainability goals, you may need to join forces with each other and possibly NGO's. This session will look at how you can evaluate a partnership, pilot a program, and earn a victory to build on.


Session Chairs:

  • Rob Currie, Director, Corporate Environment, Health & Safety; Baxter Healthcare Inc.
  • Veli Ivanova, Partner & Principal Climate Change and Sustainability Services; EY

Speakers to be announced

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

Afternoon Break

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

Thursday Afternoon Keynote

5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m

Thursday Evening Networking and Dinner Event


Friday, October 27, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Grab and Go Pastries and Coffee

If you are joining a tour and discussion group, 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

Join your EHS&S peers for a lively networking breakfast. The cost is $60/person. Sign up when you register or purchase the ticket using your confirmation email if you are already registered.



  • Tracie Sheehan, Chief Health, Quality and Sustainability Officer; ARYZTA AG - Bio

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.

More details coming soon

11:30 a.m.

Conference Adjourns


Interested in Speaking


Are you an EHS or sustainability leader with a case study to share? We are currently accepting applications. Please provide a title and short description for your presentation. In addition, please include information about what management challenge or issue the presentation will address and what the attendees will learn or take away from the presentation. Please note we do not permit consultants or service providers to be speakers at our conference. Contact Virginia Hoekenga, NAEM Deputy Director, at  virginia@naem.org or submit your speaker application.

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