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!


  • Susan Apel, Partner; K&L Gates (Bio)
  • Kisa Adkins Baskin, Global Environmental Compliance Program Manager; Newell Rubbermaid
  • James Basore, EHS Training Manager; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Bio)
  • Zach Baumer, Climate Program Manager; Office of Sustainability, City of Austin (Bio)
  • James Bilgo, Manager Environment, Health and Safety; Kohler Co. (Bio)
  • Erin M. Black, Vice President of Environmental, Health and Safety; Coca Cola Refreshments
  • Deborah Briggs, Corporate Director EHS; Cargill Inc. (Bio)
  • Pat Brush, Vice President of HSE, Quality & Industrial Risk Management; Air Liquide S.A.
  • Douglas Bryden, Environment and Operational Regulatory Partner; Travers Smith LLP (Bio)
  • Brian Burnikel, Senior Manager EHS; The Boeing Co. (Bio)
  • Christina Copeland, Sector Manager, Disclosure Services; CDP (Bio)
  • Richard Crowther, Manager of Sustainability; Coca Cola Refreshments (Bio)
  • Barry Dambach, Senior Director EHS; Alcatel-Lucent (Bio)
  • Thomas Day, Chief Sustainability Officer; United States Postal Service (Bio)
  • Gretchen Digby, Director, Global Sustainability Programs, Ingersoll-Rand Inc. (Bio)
  • Paul Dober Sr., Environmental Business Analyst; American Electric Power Co. Inc. (Bio)
  • John Dony, Program Manager; The Campbell Institute (Bio)
  • Alexandra Dapalito Dunn, Executive Director and General Counsel, Environmental Council of States (ECOS) (Bio)
  • Hal Ehrhardt, Senior Manager of Energy, Environment & Common Systems; Lockheed Martin Corp. (Bio)
  • Holly Emerson, Senior Analyst, Product Stewardship, Center for Energy Efficiency Sustainability; Ingersoll-Rand Inc. (Bio)
  • Paul Fleming, Manager Climate Resiliency Group; Seattle Public Utilities (Bio)
  • Mark Fowler, EHS Facilities Manager; Philips Invivo (Bio)
  • Scott Fulton, Principal; Beveridge & Diamond pc (Bio)
  • Mike Gabaly, Director Finance & Business Operations, EES&H; Lockheed Martin Corp. (Bio)
  • Sarah Gibson, Environmental Programs Manager; Dell Inc. (Bio)
  • Gary Gioioso, Director of Organizational Development; Philadelphia Gas Works (Bio)
  • Kate Gordon, Executive Director; The Risky Business Project (Bio)
  • Nicole Hamilton, Manager EHS; Ashland Inc. (Bio)
  • Terri Harrison, Senior Manager Compliance and Regulatory Affairs; Apex Tool Group LLC (Bio)
  • Mark Hause, Environmental Competency Leader; DuPont Co. (Bio)
  • Marty Healy, Enterprise EHS Leadership Team, W. L. Gore & Associates Inc. (Bio)
  • Michael Hightower, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff; Sandia National Laboratories (Bio)
  • Johanna Jobin, Director of Corporate Responsibility; EMD Millipore (Bio)
  • Bruce Karas, Vice President, Environment & Sustainability; The Coca-Cola Co. (Bio)
  • Robert ter Kuile, Senior Director Sustainability, Global Public Policy; PepsiCo Inc. (Bio)
  • Dina Kuykendal, EHS Director; Baker Hughes (Bio)
  • Tim Lindsey, Global Director of Sustainable Development; Caterpillar Inc. (Bio)
  • Raymond Lizotte, Director, IT Environmental Stewardship Office; Schneider Electric SE (Bio)
  • Richard Love, Manager, Environmental Sustainability; United Technologies Corp. (Bio)
  • Ryan McMullan, Environmental & Safety Manager; Toyota Motor Sales (Bio)
  • Curt Michols, Senior Principal Specialist Global EHS & Energy; Abbott Laboratories (Bio)
  • Tim Mohin, Director, Corporate Responsibility; Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (Bio)
  • Tyler Monzel, Director of Loss Control & Sustainability; Dixie Chemical Co. (Bio)
  • Amanda Moses, EHS & PR Chemical Controls Program Manager; Ashland Inc.
  • Chris Nelson, Environmental Permitting Manager ; 3M Co. (Bio)
  • Sandy Nessing, Managing Director, Sustainability & EHS Strategy & Design; American Electric Power Co. Inc. (Bio)
  • David Newman, Senior Director of Environment, Health & Safety; Comcast Corp. (Bio)
  • Tracy Perkins, Senior Manager, Americas Environmental Programs; SABIC Innovative (Bio)
  • Anna Pierce, EHS Compliance Assurance Manager; GE Power and Water (Bio)
  • Steve Sacco, Senior Vice President of Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability; Schneider Electric SE (Bio)
  • Natasha Scotnicki, Director, Corporate Program; CERES (Bio)
  • Laura Scott, Manager Environmental Business; NRG Energy Inc. (Bio)
  • Chhevi Sharma, Manager, Process Improvement and SAP Compliance Controls; Ashland Inc. (Bio)
  • Ray Sharples, Manager, Product Stewardship, Medical Devices and Diagnostics; Johnson & Johnson (Bio)
  • Tony Shea, Director, Environmental Compliance; NRG Energy Inc. (Bio)
  • Scott Stallard, Senior Manager, Environmental Sustainability; Lockheed Martin Corp. (Bio)
  • Lanita Stevens, Manager, Product Stewardship & Sustainability; USG Corp. (Bio)
  • Juan-Carlos Tabora, Environmental and Sustainability Manager; Ryder Inc. (Bio)
  • Seaton Thedinger, Associate; Hogan Lovells (Bio)
  • Greer Tidwell, Director Environmental Management; Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (Bio)
  • James R. Van Langen, PE, Vice President Management Systems, Corporate Maritime Policy; Carnival Corp. & plc (Bio)
  • Sam Waldo, Director of EHS & Support Services; Amphenol Corp. (Bio)
  • Brad Waldron, Director, Corporate Risk Management; Caesars Entertainment Corp. (Bio)

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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