NAEM's 2020 EHS Operational Excellence Conference

COVID-19 Announcement


In light of COVID-19, NAEM will be transitioning our May 5-7, 2020 in person conference to a virtual, exciting digital experience to help keep everyone safe. We know that many of you are on the front lines of managing the challenges of COVID-19 and hope this virtual change will help you better be able to balance the event with your schedules as well.


The NAEM team is working diligently to find meaningful ways for you to connect and share information, especially during this time of need. Below is our current virtual agenda to help you achieve operational excellence. We will be announcing more details in the weeks to come. All times below are Eastern Daylight Time. For any additional questions, please email



2020 EHS Operational Excellence Agenda


The agenda will focus on the continuing trend toward integrating compliance into the fabric of organizational culture and operations. No longer can EHS professionals simply tick the boxes; they must make safety culture, regulatory compliance and incident reporting an instinctive part of day-to-day operations.


Tuesday, May 5, 2020: NAEM Corporate Member Board of Regents & Affiliates Council Meetings

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

NAEM Corporate Member Virtual Meeting - Corporate Members only.

Please email to become a corporate member.

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (EDT)

NAEM Affiliates Member Virtual Meeting - Affiliate Members only.

Please email to become an affiliate member.



Tuesday, May 5, 2020: Training Workshops

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

Deep Dive Training Session

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (EDT)


3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (EDT)

Deep Dive Training Session



Wednesday, May 6, 2020

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. (EDT)

Opening Remarks

9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (EDT)

Opening Keynote: Drive EHS Operational Excellence Using Effective Leadership Tactics

EHS is a quintessential part of corporate strategy as it drives the safety of employees, keeps the company compliant and mitigates risk to business operations. To continue to drive value into EHS programs, it is imperative to focus on how EHS can exemplify leadership skills to support the needs of the business to seize market opportunities and manage emerging risks. Come to this session to see how connecting the ecosystem of EHS to key leadership practices can drive support from all parts of the business and in turn elevate current EHS programs.


  • Rick Taylor, Vice President EHS; Parker-Hannifin Corp. - Bio
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (EDT)


11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (EDT)

Leading EHS When Asked to Do More With Less

The seasoned EHS leader is used to being tasked with the responsibilities of a fully-staffed department when in reality, they are stretching resources — both human and capital. With shrinking budgets and a changing workforce, being creative with how tasks are delegated and prioritized is a key to a success. How can an EHS professional be an effective leader in a business climate with pressure costs? Come to this session to learn how to do more with less and still have a successful EHS&S programs.


  • Kisa Adkins Baskin, Director of Environment Affairs; Treehouse Foods Inc. - Bio

Evaluating Management Approaches to Improve Health & Safety Performance

Though many companies have a goal of a zero-incident rate, they all take different approaches to attempt to achieve this goal. How do you know which management approach works best for your organization? Come to this session to learn the ins and outs of behavior based safety, human organized performance safety, human error management, and other successful safety management approaches.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (EDT)


1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. (EDT)

Innovative Ways to Create Safety Culture and Engage Employees

Safety affects every employee - no matter the department, level or location. With more and more distractions, it is getting harder to keep employees focused on behaviors that lead to a successful safety culture. What strategies have been effective in engaging employees to work safer? This session will highlight innovative ways that EHS&S leaders have cracked the case on safety culture and have successfully leveraged tactics to engage employees from other departments to result in a low incident rate and an overall safer workplace.


  • Brent Proudfoot III, Director, Health & Safety; Synagro
2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. (EDT)


2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. (EDT)

Advance EHS&S Programs Through Deeper Engagement With Finance Leaders

To advance EHS&S programs, it is imperative to have the support of corporate financial leaders; to have their support, it is imperative to understand the metrics and data that they use to evaluate EHS projects. Knowing how to speak this financial language provides EHS leaders with the additional benefit of expanding their knowledge of business operations. This session will provide tips for effective engagement with finance leaders and a deeper understanding of the different financial metrics utilized, and will showcase how expanding financial savviness will benefit EHS programs.


  • Lauren Cecil, Project Controls Manager; AdvanSix - Bio
  • David Eherts, Vice President Global EHS; Allergan plc - Bio
    David was also NAEM's 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Getting Value and Results Out of Audits

Audits give leaders a chance to mitigate risks before they become a threat to business operations. In order for the audit to be valuable, the results need to be properly communicated and changes need to be implemented. Come to this session to learn how EHS&S leaders have leveraged audit findings to mitigate risks, as well as how effectively communicating these findings has resulted in changes and strategies to elevate their audits — creating further value for their EHS&S program.


  • Casey Anderson, Senior Manager ESH Programs; Lockheed Martin Corp. - Bio
  • Phillip G. Levasseur, EHS Specialist; Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.



3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. (EDT)


4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (EDT)

Solution Center & Networking Reception

Hear Regional Updates for Managing A Global EHS Program

When you must pay attention to local, state, federal and international regulatory bodies it becomes overwhelming to constantly know the status of impactful regulations. Come to this networking reception where we will have tables discussing different regulations that EHS&S leaders should be paying attention to. Each table will be facilitated by a subject matter expert that will drive the conversation, capture the challenges and explore solutions.​


Similar to speed dating, NAEM will facilitate formal rotations throughout the room so you have time to hear multiple ideas over drinks and hors d'oeuvres.



Thursday, May 7, 2020

8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. (EDT)

Opening Remarks

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (EDT)

Career Outlook: The EHS&S Leader of Tomorrow

New skills, technologies and policies are impacting the role and responsibilities of EHS&S leaders. How will automation change the workforce? What skills will be required to succeed in the year 2030? 2040? Staying ahead of these aspects is the key to being in demand in the future EHS&S job market. Come to this session to learn the answers to your burning questions about the future of the EHS&S profession and what you can do today to remain successful tomorrow.


  • Jennifer PippinEHS Manager; Novolex Holdings Inc. - Bio
    Jennifer is NAEM's 2019 NexGen Award Recipient

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. (EDT)


10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (EDT)

Training Innovations That Grab Employees' Attention

Shortening attention spans are changing the way we communicate and process information. But what about the way we are training our staff? What are effective training methods for employees to learn necessary environmental, health and safety measures? Come to this session to experience different training techniques and explore how to apply them to EHS&S programs to achieve an equipped and educated workforce.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (EDT)


1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (EDT)

EHS Management Systems Beyond the Software

Just because you have a software system doesn't mean you have a management system. Are EHS&S leaders solely subscribing to one management system? Or is it an integration of multiple frameworks? How are these frameworks evaluated and implemented? Come to this session to learn how a strong management system leads to continuous improvement, to EHS initiatives being adopted company-wide, and to successfully operationalizing EHS&S programs.

How to Prepare for a Surprise Inspection

Good employers with strong health and safety programs should not fear visits from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). However, when OSHA knocks at the door it can be a stress producing event. So how do you make sure that your facility is prepared for the inspection? What are the top "dos" and "don'ts" when you are facing an unknowing inspection? Come to this session to learn tips and tactics on how to successfully manage a surprise inspection.


2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. (EDT)

A 2020 Perspective on Wellness

With a recent extra focus on mental health and well-being, it is important that companies evaluate their internal corporate wellness programs. In today's world, wellness goes beyond the physical safety of employees. Does your wellness program incorporate mental, intellectual or financial health? This session will explore strategies that companies have taken to respond to the changing climate of wellness and how they have found their approach to be better for business.


  • Candace DiCreseSenior Director, Safety & Well-Being; Rogers Communications Inc. - Bio

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (EDT)

Closing Remarks

3:30 p.m. (EDT)

Conference Adjourns




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