2018 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum

2018 Preliminary Agenda - Track 3


Leadership Excellence

Whether you are tasked with managing an EHS&S function or focused on improving your personal leadership skills, this track has lots of exciting opportunities to sharpen your skills - including mindfulness, storytelling, collaboration and influence.

*Great for EHS&S leaders interested in honing new leadership skills, as well as those wanting to ensure their company has a strong EHS&S talent pipeline.


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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 3 - Strategies for Successful EHS&S Talent Development & Succession Planning Salon 7-8

This session will offer attendees a look at how their peers are attracting, developing and retaining EHS&S talent in their organizations. Additionally, it will provide examples of different organizations’ succession planning tools and documents and allow attendees to discuss how they are tackling the challenges related to developing talent and ensuring there are leaders ready to step into key EHS&S roles.


Moderator: Monica Alston, Director, Environment, Health & Safety; Comcast Corp. - Bio



  • Holly Duckworth, Chief Learning Officer; Kaiser Aluminum Corp. - Bio
  • Mark Hause, SHE Manager - SHE & Sustainable Growth Center; DuPont Co. - Bio
  • Scott Fergon, Global Executive Director EHS; Tenneco Inc. - Bio
  • Christine KurtzEnvironmental Regulatory Assurance Manager; 3M - 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 8 - Building and Maintaining a Strong EHS&S Culture Salon 7-8

Culture is often defined as what people are doing when no one is watching. At the end of the day it’s the culture of the organization that matters most in terms of EHS&S performance. This session will look at examples of different companies’ culture initiatives, including the practices and behaviors that have been most effective for changing, building and maintaining a strong EHS&S culture.


Moderator: Larry Deeney, Senior Technical Leader Global Environment; General Mills Inc. - Bio



  • Kelvin Roth, Director, EHS; CF Industries Inc. - Bio
  • Megan Lum, Director Environment, Transmission; The Pacific Gas & Electric Co. - Bio
  • Jennifer Marvin, Project Engineer, Environment, Health and Safety; Boeing Co. - 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 13 - The Power of Storytelling and Narrative to Influence and Engage Salon 7-8

Join this workshop session and learn how to be a better story teller and how to apply storytelling and narrative to engage colleagues, advance your professional efforts and get others excited and interested in supporting you and your work.


Session Facilitators:

  • Annette RussoSenior Manager, Capability Building; Johnson & Johnson - Bio
  • Nicole VossDirector, Environmental & Sustainability; Ashland LLC - 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 18 - Skills for Mindfulness, Healthier, Happier Living and Working Skybox

Acknowledging the measurable productivity gains that a safe, healthy and focused workforce can make, this session will focus on some simple things people can do to relieve stress, quiet that voice in their head to become calmer, and listen more intently, (e.g., meditation and mindfulness). In addition to personal gains, this session will also tie these techniques to business outcomes, improved work environments and improving EHS&S leadership skills.


Moderator: Paul Robbertz, Senior Director, Environmental Health and Safety; Danone North America - Bio



  • Kate Kerr, Chief Attention Officer; Wake Up Kate - Bio
  • Linda Yoo, Head of Global Mental Wellbeing & Workplace Effectiveness; Johnson & Johnson - Bio
  • Ron Roberts, LCSW, Optum Global EAP/Work Life/Wellbeing Strategy and Clinical Director; Johnson & Johnson - 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 23 - Leadership in Action: Recognizing NAEM's Inaugural Award Recipients Salon 7-8

Join us for a lively panel discussion featuring NAEM’s NexGen EHS&S Leadership Award winners as they share insights about their paths to leadership, what motivates them, and what they value most when it comes to employers and career opportunities. This is a must-attend session for senior executives seeking to retain and engage the next generation of EHS&S leadership, and for emerging leaders hoping to excel in their organizations.


Moderator: Deborah Briggs, Vice President EHS, Security and Facilities; Polaris Industries Inc. - Bio


Panelists to be announced during the Thursday Awards Luncheon

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

Afternoon Break Marriott Ballroom Foyer

3:45 p.m.

Closing Keynote - Unlocking the Opportunities of Skillful Communication Marriott Ballroom Foyer


  • Dr. Steve Mortenson, Associate Professor; University of Delaware - Bio

More than ever, EHS and sustainability leaders rely on their interpersonal skills to achieve their work objectives. Yet no matter how skilled we might be, there are always 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 learn about the links between the conscious personality, the psychological shadow, and the dysfunctions that undermine us. They will gain strategies for how to hold boundaries, engage in confrontation in a productive way and give useful advice, leaving the session better able to defuse emotional triggers and 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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