Speaking from Experience


When you come to the Forum, you’ll hear compelling case studies from in-house EHS and sustainability managers who are driving changes within their organizations. These candid conversations focus on challenges, successes and lessons learned, leaving you with insights you will rarely find anywhere else.


Inspiring Keynotes


Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014

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." Learn more about his thought-provoking work.


Thursday Oct. 23, 2014

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. Learn more about their thought-provoking work.


Thursday Oct. 23, 2014

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.


Meet some this of years great keynotes

William McDonough
William McDonough

Sustainable growth pioneer and business strategist

William McDonough + Partners


Lucy Parker
Lucy Parker


The Brunswick Group


Jon Miller
Jon Miller


The Brunswick Group


Dodie Gomer
Dodie Gomer

Global Environmental Health Safety Competency Development Supervisor

Caterpillar Inc.

2014 EHS Management Forum Speakers


Meet some of this year’s EHS Management Forum Speakers.  Check back as we add more over the coming weeks!


  • Kisa Adkins Baskin, Global Environmental Compliance Program Manager; Newell Rubbermaid
  • Susan Apel, General Counsel; Ellwood Group Inc.
  • Zach Baumer, Climate Program Manager; Office of Sustainability, City of Austin
  • James Basore, EHS Training Manager; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Fawn Bergen, Global Environmental Program Leader; AMCOL International Corp.
  • James Bilgo, Manager Environment, Health and Safety; Kohler Co.
  • Erin M. Black, Vice President of Environmental, Health and Safety; Coca Cola Refreshments
  • Brian Burnikel, Senior Manager EHS; The Boeing Co.
  • Juan-Carlos Tabora, Environmental and Sustainability Manager; Ryder Inc.
  • Ian Cohen, Environmental Specialist; Florida Power & Light (Invited)
  • Christina Copeland, Sector Lead, Disclosure Services; CDP
  • Richard Crowther, Manager of Sustainability; Coca-Cola Refreshments
  • Barry Dambach, Senior Director EHS; Alcatel-Lucent
  • Hal Ehrhardt, Senior Manager Energy & Environmental Programs; Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • Holly Emerson, Senior Analyst, Product Stewardship, Center for Energy Efficiency Sustainability; Ingersoll-Rand Inc. (Invited)
  • Jon Farris, General Manager; Nucor Corp.
  • Paul Fleming, Manager Climate Resiliency Group; Seattle Public Utilities
  • Scott Fulton, Principal; Bevridge and Diamond pc (Invited)
  • Mike Gabaly, Director Finance & Business Operations, EES&H; Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • Steve Gedalje, Director, Environment, Health and Safety; ITT Corp.
  • Sarah Gibson, Environmental Programs Manager; Dell Inc.
  • Nicole Hamilton, Manager EHS; Ashland Inc.
  • Terri Harrison, Senior Manager Compliance and Regulatory Affairs; Apex Tool Group LLC
  • Marty Healy, Enterprise EHS Leadership Tea;, W. L. Gore & Associates Inc.
  • Michael Hightower, Energy Systems Analysis Department; Sandia National Laboratories
  • Johanna Jobin, Director of Corporate Responsibility; EMD Millipore
  • Bruce Karas, Vice President of Environment & Sustainability; The Coca-Cola Co.
  • Brian Kellogg, Global Manager Safety, Health and Environmental; Quaker Chemical Corp. (Invited)
  • Robert ter Kuile, Senior Director Sustainability, Global Public Policy; PepsiCo Inc.
  • James R. Van Langen, PE, Vice President Management Systems, Corporate Maritime Policy; Carnival Corporation & plc
  • Tim Lindsey, Global Director of Sustainable Development; Caterpillar Inc.
  • Raymond Lizotte, Director, IT Environmental Stewardship Office; Schneider Electric SA
  • Richard Love, Manager, Environmental Sustainability; United Technologies Corp.
  • Ryan McMullan, Environmental & Safety Manager; Toyota Motor Sales
  • Curt Michols, Senior Principal Specialist Global EHS & Energy; Abbott Laboratories
  • Mitch Mitgang, Director, Environment, Safety, Health & Security; ITT Corp.
  • Tim Mohin, Director, Corporate Responsibility; Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
  • Tyler Monzel, Director of Loss Control & Sustainability; Dixie Chemical
  • Amanda Moses, EHS & PR Chemical Controls Program Manager; Ashland Inc.
  • Paul Narog, Manager Environmental Operations; 3M Co.
  • Sandy Nessing, Managing Director, Sustainability & EHS Strategy & Design; American Electric Power Co. Inc.
  • Tracy Perkins, Americas Environmental Manager; SABIC Innovative Plastics
  • Gene Ruminski, Director Risk, Compliance and Assurance Development; Diageo (Invited)
  • Steve Sacco, Senior Vice President of Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability; Schneider Electric SA
  • Natasha Scotnicki, Director, Corporate Program; CERES
  • Chhevi Sharma, Manager, Process Improvement and SAP Compliance Controls; Ashland Inc.
  • Ray Sharples, Manager, Product Stewardship, Medical Devices and Diagnostics; Johnson & Johnson
  • Tony Shea, Director, Environmental Compliance; NRG Energy Inc.
  • Scott Stallard, Senior Manager, Environmental Sustainability; Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • Seaton Thedinger, Associate; Hogan Lovells
  • Sam Waldo, Director of EHS & Support Services; Amphenol Corp.
  • Brad Waldron, Director, Corporate Risk Management; Caesars Entertainment Corp.

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.

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