2018 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum

2018 Preliminary Agenda - Track 1


The Business of EHS

From aligning EHS&S Strategy with business strategy to elevating EHS&S risks into the Enterprise Risk picture, sessions in this track will offer EHS&S leaders a chance to discuss strategic program management issues.

*Great for senior corporate level attendees in charge of EHS&S strategy and program design and advocating for the business value of EHS.


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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

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

Opening Keynote - Systems and Leadership Design: Lessons From Nature Kentucky Ballroom


  • Janine Benyus, Co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8 and the Biomimicry Institute - Bio

Join us for an inspiring and intriguing discussion that will reveal some of the latest innovations and opportunities that Biomimicry is unlocking in industrial and product design. Janine will also bring Biomimicry to life as she takes the audience through an insightful look at leadership and organizational design principles in nature and applies these lessons to the design of successful EHS&S organizations and principles of strong EHS&S leaders. You’ll come away from her talk with a new sense of wonder for the natural world and an appreciation for the genius design behind complex natural systems, as well as a direct sense of how these design principles can be applied to your workplace.

10:00 a.m. Morning Break in the Exhibit Hall Marriott Ballroom

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

Session 1 - Aligning EHS&S Strategy with Business Strategy Bluegrass

How well is business strategy represented in your EHS&S program? Learn how your peers have conducted business reviews on EHS&S specifically looking at operating models, how to effectively pressure test EHS&S against the company strategy, and how to focus on EHS&S organizational agility while supporting the needs of the business to seize market opportunities and manage emerging risks.


Moderator: Paul Taylor, Partner; Environmental Resources Management (ERM) - Bio



  • Deborah Briggs, Vice President EHS, Security and Facilities; Polaris Industries Inc. - Bio
  • Tracy Baumgartner, Executive Director of Sustainability; Comcast Corp. - Bio
  • Mark Chrisos, Director, Environment, Health and Safety; Con Edison Clean Energy Business Inc. - Bio

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

Welcome and Business-to-Business Luncheon Kentucky Ballroom


Join our Forum sponsors at today’s welcome luncheon where you will have the opportunity to discuss best practices and learn about new solutions and resources to address the challenges of the ever-changing EHS&S landscape. So find a seat beside one of our many sponsors, engage, network and enjoy lunch.

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

Session 6 - Getting EHS&S Done without EHS&S People Bluegrass

Is Your EHS&S org right-sized? Is it effective? Are you integrating EHS&S responsibilities into the business? This session will look at models for EHS&S organizational structures and the benefits and challenges of different approaches. Speakers will share the ways they believe their org structures yield efficiency and effectiveness and strategies for integrating EHS duties into the business… making EHS everyone’s job.


Moderator: Becky Corbin, Senior Principal, Project Manager; Woodard & Curran Inc. - Bio


  • Paul Robbertz, Senior Director, Environmental Health and Safety; Danone North America - Bio
  • Nicole Wilkinson, Director Corporate Environmental; CVS Health Corp. - Bio
  • Zhaleh Naghibzadeh, HSE Systems and Process; PepsiCo Inc. - Bio

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

Afternoon Break in Exhibit Hall Marriott Ballroom

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

Session 11 - Calculating and Communicating the Business Value of EHS&S Bluegrass

Your CEO is expecting more value from EHS&S. Through a variety of examples, this session will demonstrate how EHS&S leaders calculate and communicate the business value of their EHS&S programs using both quantitative and qualitative approaches.


Moderator: Jim Mraz, President; Capitol Environmental Services Inc. - Bio



  • Rick Love, Manager, Environmental Sustainability; United Technologies Corp. - Bio
  • Dennis Hu, Director, Environmental Health and Safety and System Safety Engineering; Ball Aerospace - Bio
  • Edan Dionne, Vice President, Corporate Environmental Affairs; IBM Corp. - Bio


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

Opening Reception Marriott Ballroom


Open to all.

Sponsored by:

Brown and Caldwell | Home


Thursday, October 25, 2018

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Emerging Issues for Corporate EHS & Sustainability Management: What's Next, What's Hype, What's Keeping You Awake at Night Kentucky Ballroom


  • Carol Cala, Vice President Energy, Environment, Safety & Health; Lockheed Martin Corp. - Bio
  • Rich Goode, Executive Director; Climate Change and Sustainability Services; EY - Bio
  • Tiffin Shewmake, Executive Director; Center for Retail Compliance - Bio
  • Wayne S. Balta, Vice President, Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety; IBM Corp. - Bio

Moderator: Carol Singer Neuvelt, Executive Director; NAEM - Bio


In just a decade, corporate EHS & sustainability has transformed decision-making, business culture and even how companies think about their very reason for being. So what’s next on this ever-shifting horizon? This dynamic panel of experts and influencers will discuss emerging sustainable business practices and share what they see as the issues that will have the biggest impact on how EHS&S leaders work, collaborate and engage with the full ecosystem of stakeholders. You’ll walk away with a glimpse of what’s possible that will help you steer your programs toward a future you can rally your business around.

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Morning Break in the Exhibit Hall Marriott Ballroom

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Session 16 - Painting EHS&S Risks Into the Enterprise Risk Picture Bluegrass

Integrating EHS&S risks into the broader context of Enterprise Risk Management can elevate the conversation about EHS&S resources and open a seat at the table for EHS&S leaders. This session will feature case studies from those who have framed EHS&S risks into the enterprise risk picture and examine what benefits they were able to achieve. It will also explore key information EHS&S leaders can learn from Enterprise Risk Management and the top EHS&S risks companies are facing today versus tomorrow.


Moderator: Kenny Ogilvie, Chairman and Executive Officer; EHS Support Inc. - Bio



  • James GoudreauHead of Climate; Novartis International AG - Bio
  • Mike Miller, Vice President, Risk, EHS & Sustainability; Advance Auto Parts Inc. - Bio
  • Kym Fawcett, Partner; VineQuest Ltd. - Bio

12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Lunch and Inaugural NAEM Excellence Awards Ceremony Kentucky Ballroom


The NAEM Excellence Awards program recognizes and elevates leaders in the corporate Environmental, Health & Safety and/or Sustainability (EHS&S) community as well as showcases best practices of EHS&S management in corporations. This year NAEM will present one Lifetime Achievement Award and six NexGen Leader Awards.


The Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed on an EHS&S leader whose vision and commitment has positively shaped the fields of environment, health & safety, and/or sustainability within a corporate management role.


Presented by:

  • Sandra Nessing, President; NAEM Board of Directors and Managing Director Corporate Sustainability; American Electric Power Co. Inc.


NexGen Leaders Awards are bestowed on rising EHS&S managers who possess the talent and skills required for the next generation of EHS&S industry leadership. NexGen Leader Awards sponsored by AECOM.


Presented by:

  • Sandra Nessing, President; NAEM Board of Directors and Managing Director Corporate Sustainability; American Electric Power Co. Inc. and with support from Al Hannum, Executive Vice President, Environment; AECOM

AECOM | Imagine it. Delivered.

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

Session 21 - Strategies to Effectively Manage EHS&S During M&A Bluegrass

Is your company facing major change as a result of a merger, acquisition, divestiture or spin-off? This session will share lessons learned, strategies and tactics for successfully managing EHS&S when these types of significant changes are happening. Learn about effective on-boarding and off-board of EHS&S personnel, knowledge transfer, training new personnel and other key aspects that are critical during times of transition.


Moderator: Ana Fernandez, Senior Director Health Safety Environment and Compliance; TBC Corp. - Bio



  • Ann MacDonald, Environmental Affairs Manager; Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. - Bio
  • Perry D. Hawkins, Corporate Director Environmental, Health, & Safety; CIRCOR International Inc. - Bio
  • Jason Johantges, Director Environmental, Health and Safety; The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. - Bio

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Afternoon Break Marriott Ballroom Foyer

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

Closing Keynote - Unlocking the Opportunities of Skillful Communication Kentucky Ballroom


  • Dr. Steve MortensonAssociate Professor; University of Delaware - Bio

More than ever, EHS and sustainability leaders rely on their interpersonal skills to achieve their work objectives, so it is important we are prepared to handle situations and people that can set us off and undermine our effectiveness. Identifying and defusing our emotional triggers is the foundation for skillful communication in crucial moments of confrontation, persuasion, influence, and accountability. Through this engaging and interactive keynote, attendees will gain strategies for how to hold boundaries, engage in confrontation in a productive way and give useful advice. They will leave the session better able to manage difficult people with skill and composure.

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

Closing Remarks Kentucky Ballroom


  • Virginia Hoekenga, Deputy Director; NAEM
  • David Williams, Environment and Sustainability Director; Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.

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

Dinner and Networking Event

Tickets are available at the registration desk. Enjoy dinner, dancing and networking aboard the historic Belle of Louisville Riverboat.


Cost: $95.00

Attire: Dress warm and comfortable. Casual attire, comfortable shoes and bring a sweater or jacket.

Open to everyone but only 250 spots available. RSVP today before it sells out!

Belle of Louisville - Louisville at See Level




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Track 1:
The Business of EHS

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Track 2:
Technology & Data in Action

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Track 3:
Leadership Excellence

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Track 4:
Sustainability in the Value Chain

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Track 5:
Everyday EHS Excellence

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