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

The 2021 EHS & Sustainability Management Forum is a multi-day 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


Virtual - Wednesday October 20, 2021

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Morning Coffee Virtual Networking

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.

Exhibitor Networking Break

Use this time to review and connect with our sponsors in the virtual expo, grab a snack and stretch your legs!

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

Leveraging the Best of Pandemic Work Practices

This session will touch on strategies, tools, tactics, and wisdom EHS Leaders garnered during the pandemic that they intend to carry forward into their programs. Attendees will leave the session with examples of new ways for getting EHS results, whether they apply to auditing, remote collaboration, or building and leading strong teams. Special attention will be given to the considerations for what work must be done in-person vs. when it makes more sense to implement new remote or virtual practices.

How to Build Cross Functional Relationships that Elevate EHS

Whether it is collaborating with Operations Leaders, HR, Engineering, or even Marketing and Sales, EHS&S leaders often must work across many parts of the organization to build cross-functional relationships that support initiatives. An EHS&S program will not be successful by working alone but only by influencing others. Through real-world examples—both successes and failures--this session will offer attendees strategies on how to listen, engage and influence when working across various parts of a complex and often matrixed organization.


  • Chris Milici, Director, Operational Excellence; AptarGroup Inc. - Bio
  • Ilse Bacchus, Vice President EHS; NBCUniversal Media LLC

Moderator: David Newman, Executive Director of Health & Safety; Comcast Corp. / NBCUniversal Media LLC - Bio

Implementing Management Systems Using a Risk Lens

How are organizations using their assessment and analysis of risk to drive EHS management system objectives, priorities, strategy, and controls? How have their views of risk changed over the year of the COVID pandemic? How have risk-based approaches changed their overall EHS performance? Attend this session and get practical learnings from peers on using a risk management approach to steer and fine tune the implementation of EHS programs and controls to achieve measurable performance improvements.


  • Moderator: Barbara Jo Ruble, President; Specialty Technical Consultants - Bio

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

Exhibitor Networking Break

Use this time to review and connect with our sponsors in the virtual expo, grab a snack and stretch your legs!

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

Sustainable Mobility Trends & Innovation in Corporate Transportation/Fleets

With transportation emissions making up a large portion of the national GHG profile, companies can't afford to overlook their fleet and employee transportation activities. Find out what companies are doing to reduce fleet impacts and consider employee mobility more broadly. From vehicle electrification trends to corporate challenges of greening fleets, this session will focus on issues most relevant to EHS&S leaders. Join us for creative ways companies are thinking about mobility in general - supporting employee use of public transit and biking - to how they are addressing specific fleet challenges.


  • Moderator: Mary Linn Leonards, Eastern Sales Manager; Heritage Environmental Services - Bio

Strategies for Engaging in Effective Mentorship

This panel discussion will include insights from senior level mentors and mentees involved in “official” mentorship programs as well as those in “unofficial” mentor/mentee relationship. Emerging leaders and early career professionals will learn how to approach potential mentors and get advice on setting and maintaining expectations. The panel will also discuss what criteria make a good match between mentors and mentees and some of the key areas where mentors can help mentees develop and grow.


  • Stefani Fischer, Vice President of Information Technology; Bunzl Distribution USA LLC
  • Allie Patton, Leadership & Organizational Effectiveness Consultant; Ameren Corp. - Bio
  • Bethany Fontenoy, Safety Specialist; Liberty Packaging

Moderator: Katie Chrisler, EHS Manager; Bunzl Distribution North America - Bio

Preparing for a Winning Audit

EHS&S professionals operate in a complex regulatory environment and need to effectively manage audits from regulatory bodies, such as OSHA, EPA, the health department, FDA, etc. In this session, attendees will learn how to facilitate an accurate representation of their organization’s compliance status while minimizing the potential for fines and violations. Learn from the best auditors and successful auditees who will share how to prepare, what to expect, practical tips to put into action, and keys for success.


  • Peter Cormier, Manager, Environmental Engineering; McCain Foods Ltd. - Bio


Moderator: Matt Shanahan, Technical Services Leader, EHS Compliance and Inspection; Burns & McDonnell - Bio

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

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

Event Analysis and Human Factors

To understand and respond to incidents, it is critical to understand what is behind an incident —the root cause. How did the organization's culture, training, communication, and norms affect or cause an incident? In this session, attendees will learn about human factors engineering, examine case studies to put these skills into action, and walk away with a new mindset to apply when responding to incidents in their organization.


  • Stephen Giles, Senior Director, EHS, Facilities & Sustainability; Hach Co. - Bio

Moderator: Rodney Canada, Senior Director, Environmental, Health & Safety; Comcast Corp. - Bio



Virtual - Thursday October 21, 2021

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Morning Coffee Virtual Networking

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.

Exhibitor Networking Break

Use this time to review and connect with our sponsors in the virtual expo, grab a snack and stretch your legs!

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

Refresh Your ESG Reporting Strategy

Keeping up with the rapidly changing ESG reporting and regulatory landscape can feel like a full-time job. Making sure your ESG programs and reporting don't have major gaps or blinds spots is a never-ending process. Attend this session to get an update on recent developments in the ESG reporting space and hear how your peers are managing ESG reporting and transparency.


  • Melissa Tominack, Corporate Sustainability Manager; American Electric Power Inc. Co. - Bio
  • Kelli Okuji-Wilson, Analyst; Sustainability Accounting Standards Board - Bio

Moderator: Kelli McCoullough,Governance, Stakeholder & Sustainability Manager; Southern Co. - Bio

Attracting, Developing and Retaining the Next Generation of EHS Leaders

The ability to attract and retain top EHS talent will be a great differentiator between successful companies and those that struggle to meet the expanding expectations of internal and external stakeholders. This session will look at strategies and tools leading teams are using to find, grow and keep the best and brightest in our field. Attendees will receive example tools including roadmaps, competency models, and onboarding programs, and come away with ideas for how to set up new EHS employees for long term success and reduce turnover.


  • Katie Chrisler, Corporate EHS Manager; Bunzl North America - Bio
  • Paul Robbertz, Senior Director, Environmental Health and Safety; Danone - Bio

Moderator: Lesley Clarke, Manager, Environmental Performance; Walker Industries Inc. - Bio

EHS Regulatory Update

Details to be announced

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

The Art & Science of Risk Assessment

Crafting a good risk assessment can seem like a mix of art and science. In this session, attendees will learn how to contemporize their risk assessment processes by honing their risk assessment skills, exploring new tools to mitigate risk, and hearing strategies to manage the ever-changing nature of their business. Peers will share how they leverage risk assessments to communicate to leaders where hazardous operations present risk to the business, while also communicating to frontline employees the defenses and controls critical to effectively maintain safe and compliant operations.


  • Kelly Mowlavi, Global EHS&S Governance Director; Baxter International Inc. - Bio
  • Lisa Reno, Senior Manager, EHS; General Electric Healthcare

Moderator: Kelvin Sanborn, Director, EHS Strategy & Operations; General Electric Healthcare - Bio

Waste Management & Reduction Strategies

From schools, hotels, restaurants and office buildings to R&D facilities, retail stores and hospitals, each type of building generates a unique type of waste in varying amounts. States and companies review waste management in varying degrees which include items such as plastics, lifecycle of solar panels, batteries, organic waste, zero waste goals and hazardous waste reduction. This session will focus on tools and resources to assist in improving waste management, reducing costs and building long term sustainability plans. You'll hear tactics and strategies from peers that include tips on waste minimization and working with supply chain for a greater means of efficiency.


  • Moderator: Mary Linn Leonards, Eastern Sales Manager; Heritage Environmental Services - Bio

Opportunities to Integrate Eco-Conscious Design into your Products

Details to be announced

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


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. - 2:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks


  • Carol Singer Neuvelt, Executive Director; NAEM



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