2018 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum

2018 Preliminary Agenda - Track 2


Technology & Data in Action

How do you leverage emerging technology and data to advance EHS&S programs? This track will explore a variety of best practices and emerging opportunities for internal data management and technology as well as a look at how EHS&S data is being used externally by investors.

*Great for EHS&S leaders that are involved in collecting and leveraging EHS&S data for better decision making OR those who love technology and want to stay up to speed on how to apply these to their work.


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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 2 - Deploying Emerging Technology for EHS&S Gains Salon 9-10

EHS&S organizations must be creative, adaptive and agile when it comes to leveraging technologies and innovations being deployed in their companies. This session will showcase examples of how EHS&S leaders have successfully leveraged technology and look at strategies and tactics attendees can use to usher technology innovation into their EHS&S programs.


Moderator: Allen Stegman, General Director Environment; BNSF Railroad - Bio



  • Doug McReynolds, Director Environmental Project Controls and Real Estate; BNSF Railway - Bio
  • Eric Brown, EHS Digital Data Analytics Leader; General Electric Co. - 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 7 - Lessons Learned from Real World EMIS Implementations Skybox

Are you implementing or planning to implement a new EHS&S software solution? Come and hear do’s and don’ts from speakers who’ve recently gone through the implementation process. Discussion will focus on project structure, business process design, change management and user adoption. Attendees will leave with valuable lessons learned geared toward making their own implementation more successful.


Moderator: John Hollar, Principal; Geosyntec Consultants Inc. - Bio



  • Shawn Stokes, Environmental Compliance Director; Trident Seafoods Corp. - Bio
  • Jim Meier, Vice President of Environmental; Arch Coal Inc. - Bio
  • Lesley ClarkeEnvironmental Performance Lead; Walker Industries 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 12 - Understanding Cyber Risk and the Potential Impacts on EHS Skybox

Every day the news brings reports of breaches, ransomware, and identity theft. Although it may appear at first glance that these growing threats have little to do with EHS, the relationship between these two fields grows stronger as the risk increases. In this session, we’ll explore this linkage and discuss how organizations can benefit from holistic risk management. Topics will include data privacy and security; regulatory drivers; and the three types of cyber risk impacting EHS.


Moderator: Kathryn Nobrega, Senior Manager of Health, Safety and Environmental Programs, Global Physical Security and Safety; Symantec Corp. - Bio



  • John Ingram, Senior Manager of Business Strategy and Operations, Global Physical Security and Safety; Symantec Corp. - Bio
  • John Brence, Chief Information Security Officer; Knight Point Systems LLC - Bio
  • Stephen Oakes, Supervisory Special Agent; Federal Bureau of Investigation Cyber Squad - 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 17 - Leveraging Data Analytics & Visualization for Decision Making Salon 7-8

From dashboards to infographics, this session will examine how peers collected, analyzed and shared data in visual formats. It will highlight decisions and outcomes that speakers were able to attain using data visualization. Attendees will come away with an understanding of how to implement data visualization efforts even if they have limited resources, as well as an awareness of more sophisticated global tools.


Moderator: Christine Kurtz, Environmental Regulatory Assurance Manager; 3M - Bio



  • Emily Freeman, EMS Program Administrator, Denver Department of Public Health & Environment; City & County of Denver - Bio
  • Kelsey Klucas, Advanced Environmental Engineer; 3M - Bio
  • J.J. DeGiovanni, Managing Director; Corporate Quality, Safety, Regulatory and Data; United Airlines Inc. - Bio
  • Jared Pasparage, Data Visualization Lead; United Airlines Inc. - 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 22 - How Is Your EHS&S Data Being Used By Investors? Skybox

As companies disclose more and more EHS&S information and data via platforms like GRI, CDP or directly to ESG firms, how is it being used? In particular how are external stakeholders aggregating, manipulating, and summarizing your data and what if anything can you do about it? As EHS&S data becomes more front and center for investors, how are they looking at your data? This session will focus on what EHS&S leaders who participate in external reporting need to know to ensure their data is complete and being used to represent them in an accurate light.



  • Robert Dornau, Director Sustainability Service; RobecoSAM - Bio
  • Stella Kenway, Senior ESG Advisor; RepRisk AG - Bio
  • Bob Huber, Equity Markets Product Specialist; Bloomberg LP - Bio
  • Victoria Emerick, Director, Global Environmental, Health, Safety, and Sustainability; Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.

Moderator: Donna Laviolette, Sustainability Manager; Xylem Inc.

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




View Other Tracks

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

(View all Track 4 Sessions in Detail)

Track 5:
Everyday EHS Excellence

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