2021 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum
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EHS & Sustainability Management Hybrid Agenda

The 2021 EHS & Sustainability Management Forum is a hybrid conference experience filled with educational programming, robust exhibit hall experiences and engaging networking events for in-person and virtual attendees. The hybrid Forum will continue the tradition of engaging, thought-provoking discussions for EHS&S leaders at all stages of their career journey!


Track: The Future Of EHS

Track: Leadership & Business Skills

Track: Managing Risk To Enhance Resiliency

Track: Advancing Sustainability

Track: Foundational EHS



All times in local Mountain time, 3 hours behind ET


On-Site - Tuesday October 19, 2021

Activity for NAEM's Board of Regents and Affiliates Council. Details to be announced.



On-Site - Wednesday October 20, 2021

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Morning Networking & Breakfast in Expo

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Opening Keynote: Understanding and Supporting the Movement for Environmental Justice


  • Peggy Shepard, Co-Founder and Executive Director; WE ACT for Environmental Justice - Bio

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


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

Virtual Session Watch Parties/Solution Talks in the Expo Area

Join a virtual session watch party or attend solution talks in the expo hall on pressing EHS&S challenges.

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

Lunch/Expo Hall Networking

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

EHS Innovation Showcase

Emerging technologies are rapidly infiltrating EHS&S. From 3D printing to wearables, IoT, drones and AI, this session will demonstrate how companies are leveraging new technologies to drive innovation and performance gains. Join us as ehsAI shares their process for discovering and evaluating tools, justifying costs and implementation lessons learned. You will leave with a pragmatic understanding of what it takes to bring a new technology online and examples of what you can achieve with it.


  • John McGuire, XR Lab Lead/Technical Product Owner; Duke Energy Corp.
  • Lucas Wolfenden, EHS Information Management Sales Lead; Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.


Moderator: Marcel Guevara, Vice President, EHS Regulatory Data; ehsAI - Bio

Understanding & Managing ESG Risk: Who, What, Where, When and Why

ESG - Environmental, Social, Governance - is all the buzz in 2021, but what is ESG beyond new reporting requirements and frameworks? Under the term lies very real company impact, both from a risk and opportunity lens. As we see ever more clearly with growing impacts of weather events, and in a post-COVID era, Environmental and Social externalities can and do impact the operations of businesses. In this session we will dive into the Who, What, Where, When, & Why of ESG Risk, and end our discussion with how management teams can begin to act for their business' resilience in an increasingly risky atmosphere.


  • Nicole Bouquet, Director of Environmental, Social and Governance; Apex Companies LLC - Bio

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

Expo Break

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Real-World Examples of Nature-Based Solutions

Attend this session to learn from early examples and success stories of implemented programs that restore nature, reduce GHG emissions and make good business sense. Ideas and considerations for setting a biodiversity goal as part of your overall sustainability program will also be discussed.


  • Jessica Fox, Senior Technical Executive; Electric Power Research Institute - Bio
  • Nurit Katz, Chief Sustainability Officer; University of California, Los Angeles - Bio
  • Evan Meyer, Executive Director; Theodore Payne Foundation - Bio

Moderator: Maria Sison-Roces, Manager of Corporate Sustainability Programs; Los Angeles Department of Power and Water - Bio

Creating Change through Influence

This session will explore how to build trust and influence to achieve outcomes when you don’t have direct authority. Attendees will learn about techniques that work best with different generational groups, as well as how to influence up and out to colleagues who don’t report to you.


  • Danielle Frost, EHS Specialist; Liberty Packaging
  • Anne Monine, Associate Vice President, Environmental Compliance & Regulatory; Cargill Inc. - Bio
  • Jason Richard; Epcor Utilities

Moderator: Marc Juaire, Director, Environmental, Health, & Safety; Liberty Diversified International Inc. - Bio

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


4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Driving a Strategic Approach to ESG Management

The demand for corporations to take action on a plethora of ESG and sustainability issues can be overwhelming for those tasked with coordinating necessary actions. Because of the complexity of these issues, an ESG management system can be a game changer. But what does this approach involve? Join this session to learn the key steps: identifying material topics, assessing the risk and opportunities, identifying applicable guidelines, and developing an action plan. Come away with a deeper understanding of how to avoid “random actions of sustainability kindness” and instead take a strategic approach that adds business value and decreases risk.


  • Jill Cooper, Senior Principal; Geosyntec Consultants - Bio

Advancing Your EHS Program Along the Maturity Curve

Everyone wants to "get to the next level" with their EHS programs. Join this discussion session to learn about your peers' programs and discuss different aspects of program maturity including compliance assurance, corporate organizational structures and staffing levels, and metrics and reporting. Attendees will be able to assess where they are relative to the group and think about areas where they may want to work on advancing their program maturity.

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

Opening Reception in the Expo



On-Site - Thursday October 21, 2021

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Morning Networking & Breakfast in Expo

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Opening Keynote: Activate Your Brain: Thriving in Today's World™

As leaders we seek to instill confidence and calm, set the tone, explain, and help us make sense of the world. In the most collaborative sense, our role is to inspire team members, help to maintain and increase engagement, and simply keep things afloat — all tasks which require knowledge and skill. But who takes care of us? In this keynote, we will explore how to activate the full potential of the brain. Discover the neuroscience behind five identifiable traits that trigger the feelings and responses commonly shared in challenging times, and how addressing them instills a safe space in our brains — increasing our effectiveness and well-being. You’ll get an inside look at stress: what too much can do to our bodies, and how we can reframe or reset our response. You’ll also receive a primer on the day-to-day care and feeding of your brain.


  • Scott Halford, Keynote, Author and Neuroscientist; SG Halford Inc. - Bio

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Final Break in Expo

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

Fostering Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace

EHS&S leaders have a critical role in promoting and building equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplaces. Hear from different leaders as they discuss the concrete steps they are taking to foster inclusivity and equity in their teams and beyond. From training on unconscious bias to revamped policies and new metrics, this session will give attendees actionable ideas they can take back to their organization for immediate implementation.


  • Moderator: Megan Lum, Director, Environmental Programs & Sustainability; Baxter International - Bio

What Biden's Build Back Better Plan Means for EPA & OSHA in 2022 & Beyond (Livestream)

This session will explore the main themes of the Biden Administration's 'Build Back Better' Agenda and how some of the proposed policy changes related to climate change; worker protection health, and well-being; equity and environmental justice will impact corporate EHS&S programs.


  • Edwin Foulke, Jr., Partner; Fisher & Phillips LLP - Former Assistant Secretary of Labor; Occupational Safety and Health Administration - Bio
  • Peggy Otum, Co-Chair, Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Practice; Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP - Bio

Moderator: Brooke Dillon, Senior Managing Consultant; Ramboll - Bio

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

Lunch/Expo Hall Networking

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Keynote Session: Vice Presidents' Armchair Discussion

Listen in on this armchair interview with three leaders in our field as they address questions about the latest topics and challenges in the EHS&S management field.

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


3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Critical Considerations for Setting and Achieving Zero Targets & Carbon Neutrality Goals (Livestream)

From carbon to water to waste, join us as our panel of sustainability leaders discuss how they are setting and working toward Net Zero targets. They will provide lessons learned in their journeys, discuss what stakeholders have been engaged, how they are measuring and reporting their progress, and what advice they have for you on your journey towards making Carbon Net Zero Targets.


  • Chris Benjamin, Director of Sustainability; Pacific Gas and Electric Corp. - Bio
  • Glen Murrell, Executive Director; Wyoming Energy Authority - Bio

Moderator: Meghan Foley, Principal Consultant, Digital Solutions; Trinity Consultants - Bio

Maximizing your EHS MIS Data to Drive Outcomes

On average, every person generated 1.7MB of data per second in 2020. Whether you are just starting to implement an EHS MIS, or you have a well-established set of tools, maximizing your EHS MIS data can unlock actionable insights to drive performance improvement and help EHS professionals see opportunities that were previously obscured by bureaucratic paper processes. Hear from companies at different phases of EMIS implementation maturity and learn how they are putting their digital tools to work by using new modules and data visualizations to manage risk.


  • Emily Hansroth, Senior Manager, ESH Common Systems; Lockheed Martin Corp. - Bio
  • Kristin Pelizza, Director EHSS; Heico Corp.

Moderator: Lori Smargiassi, Senior Staff Environment, Health & Safety Engineer; Lockheed Martin Corp. - Bio

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

Closing Session

5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Thursday Night Closing Dinner and Networking Event: Dinner Under the Stars

Join friends and colleagues for dinner and entertainment Southwest Style.


On-Site - Friday October 22, 2021

Networking activities to be announced.




Contact Sonora Munks, NAEM Director of Programs at [programs at naem dot org].


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