2018 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum

NAEM Corporate Member Meeting


Board of Regents Fall 2018 Q4 Meeting
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Louisville Marriott Downtown; Louisville, Kentucky
7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (CT)

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

7:45 a.m.

Breakfast Opens (Salons IX and X)


  • Networking breakfast with leaders from NAEM's Board of Regents, Retail Industry Leaders Association and NAEM's Affiliates Council

8:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions


  • Carol Singer Neuvelt, Executive Director, NAEM

9:00 a.m.

Special Keynote Presentation: Crisis Ready Communications

Melissa Agnes, a leading authority on crisis preparedness, reputation management, and brand protection will share how to prepare for crisis situations and protect your brand during an era where social media and digital technology can spread bad news like wildfire.


  • Melissa Agnes, Author; Crisis Ready
Melissa Agnes

Building an Invincible Brand in an Uncertain World, Melissa Agnes is a leading authority on crisis preparedness, reputation management, and brand protection. Agnes is a coveted speaker, commentator, and advisor to some of today's leading organizations faced with the greatest risks.


As a strategic advisor and keynote speaker, Agnes has worked with NATO, Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense, financial firms, technology companies, healthcare organizations, cities and municipalities, law enforcement agencies, global non-profits, and many others, helping them understand risk and build invincible brands that can withstand even the most devastating of events. In 2015, she gave a TEDx talk in Los Angeles where she discussed the secret to successful crisis management in the 21st century.


Agnes is the editor of the Crisis Ready Blog, a contributor to Forbes, and a go-to source for the press, with recent coverage including the Wall Street Journal, VIBE Magazine, USA Today, and many others.


As a university guest lecturer, Agnes teaches crisis management in university courses around the world, including at NYU and McGill.

10:15 a.m.


10:45 a.m.

NAEM Member Check-in and Round Robin of Pressing Issues

12:00 p.m.


12:45 p.m.

Safety Benchmarking Session: Survey Results Presentation and Discussion


  • Taylor Gelsinger, Manager of Research and Analytics; NAEM
  • Mark Hause, Environmental Competency Leader; DuPont Co.

2:15 p.m.


2:30 p.m.

DOE Better Plants and Technology Days

The Department of Energy's Better Plants program is helping industry boost their productivity through leveraging expertise and adopting of energy technology researched and developed at the 17 National U.S. Laboratories. This presentation will focus on real measures that have been put work, a look at what's in development, and how NAEM members can take advantage of what's available.


  • Eliott Levine, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Advanced Manufacturing Office; U.S. Department of Energy
Eliott Levine

Eli Levine leads the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI) to develop and leverage strategic partnerships to advance U.S. manufacturing. In this role, he is spearheading the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) effort to increase U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing clean energy technologies by boosting energy productivity and leveraging low-cost domestic energy resources and feedstocks.


Since being promoted from serving as the CEMI Deputy Director, Eli has assumed new leadership responsibilities to implement the CEMI strategy, including the Technologist-In-Residence program and the Clean Energy Manufacturing Assessment Center. He is also developing high-profile engagements with strategic partners, including the Department of Commerce and the White House, to support the launch of the new Energy Materials Network.


Prior to joining EERE and CEMI, he worked on energy issues at the White House, at the Council on Environmental Quality and the Office of Management and Budget. Eli joined the Energy Department to help stand up the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy in 2010. At ARPA-E, he worked on legal, budgetary, and Congressional affairs matters. He is a graduate of Washington University School of Law and Cornell University.

3:30 p.m.


3:45 p.m.

NAEM Update


  • Board of Director Elections
  • Association Activities

4:30 p.m.

Closing Comments & Feedback

5:00 p.m.


6:00 p.m.

Walk to NAEM-hosted dinner (3 blocks)


Evan Williams Bourbon Experience https://evanwilliams.com/visit.php

9:00 p.m.

Return to hotel


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