2017 Management Excellence Conference

2017 EHS Management 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.


A continued theme is the use of compliance metrics to drive risk management and create business value. This year's agenda will focus on the intersection of data and risk management, exploring how insights from data can inform a risk mitigation strategy.


At this year's conference, you can expect to expand your knowledge of:


  • Auditing structures
  • Regulatory updates
  • Identifying and prioritizing EHS risk
  • Lagging and leading metrics
  • Management Systems for Enterprise Compliance
  • Data Management Strategies
  • Staffing and knowledge retention¬†

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Wednesday May 17, 2017

8:00 a.m.

Registration and Networking Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.


9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Mitigating Risk to Ensure Compliance and Improve EHS Initiatives

Taking a risk based approach to EHS initiatives increases compliance rates. The tools and techniques that are traditionally used to assess overall risk can be focused-in and applicable to evaluate and mitigate risk in EHS programs. Come learn the benefits and the lessons learned on taking a risk-based approach to evaluate EHS programs.


  • Steve Shedroff, Section Head, Global Innovations HS&E; Procter & Gamble Co. - Bio
  • Jennifer Kriner, Corporate EHS Manager, Power Tools; Stanley Black and Decker Inc.

Moderated by: Anita Dawson, Manager, Global EHS: Air Liquide

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Interactive Polling: Management of Regulatory of Change

Change management is an integral part of the EHS field. Regardless of job, EHS professionals are constantly navigating changes to staff, operations and regulations. The purpose of this session is to provide a live, interactive benchmark for meeting the changing expectations of EHS regulations.


  • Taylor Gelsinger, Research Analyst; NAEM - Bio
  • Lori Smargiassi, Senior Staff Environment, Health and Safety Engineer; Lockheed Martin Corp.

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


1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The New ISO14001: What is it & How Are Companies Handling It?

Navigating the new criteria and standards of the Environmental Management System, ISO14001:2015 can be challenging and overwhelming. Especially with the three-year allowance transition period approaching in September 2018. Come hear the major changes to the Standard, how it is impacting management systems as well as how one company is tackling the changes.


  • Michael R. Wardell, Assessment Manager; LRQA

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


2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Domestic and International Regulatory Update

A new administration typically means new regulations that impact business functions. Also, as more companies seek international locations, tracking global regulations are an essential part of an EHS leader’s job. Come hear the latest update on domestic regulations that will be effected by the newest administration. Also learn key international regulations, specifically Asian hotspots, that directly impacts the scope of an EHS leader’s job.


  • Paul Gallagher, P.E., President; McCoy and Associates - Bio
  • Jillian Bernstein, Expert Services Manager; Enhesa - Bio

Moderated by: Brooke Dillon, Senior Technical Manager; WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff

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


3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Auditing: Before, During and After

EHS leaders typically spend their time on the auditing process and mostly focus on what happens during the audit. But what about pre- and post-audit? Come learn innovative processes and tools to the auditing experience and why investing time in the pre-and post-audit phases is beneficial to many organizations.


  • John Novotny, Corporate Environmental Controls & Capital Project Management / Facilities Engineering; Corning Inc. - Bio
  • Michelle Dolfi, Environmental Manager; NRG Energy Inc. - Bio

Moderated by: Tony Shea, Senior Director, Environmental Compliance; NRG Energy Inc.

5:00 p.m. Day 1 Adjourn


Thursday May 18, 2017

8:00 a.m.

Registration and Networking Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.


9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Navigating a Time of Political Transition

A new administration usually means a shift in current climate and standards. How do you position your strategies with pending uncertainty? Our speakers will delve into the major domestic and global trends in the context of sustainability, what to consider during a time of change and key strategies of how to evaluate new policies.


  • Dr. Terry Yosie, President & CEO; World Environment Center (WEC) - Bio
  • Carloyn Hanson, Deputy Director; Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) - Bio

Moderated by: Mark D. Anderson, Esq., Co-Chief Executive Officer & Principal; Stateside

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

How to Attract, Retain and Develop EHS Talent

Companies that can attract and retain talented employees decrease their level of risk. Millennials are not only the largest generation entering the workforce but they are also the generation most likely to change jobs. It is essential for EHS leaders to maintain a talented staff in order to leverage EHS programs. Come hear case studies of companies that have cracked the case on getting and keeping youthful talent, identifying key characteristics of the talent pool and training techniques that keeps staff engaged.


  • Sam Chappell, Director & Co-Founder; Shirley Parsons - Bio
  • Dennis Hu, Director, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and System Safety Engineering (SSE); Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. - Bio

Moderated by: Keith Green, EHS Client Manager; EHS Support LLC

12:00 - 12:45 p.m.


12:45 - 2:00 p.m.

Digitization of EHS Compliance Data

Collecting and submitting data to show compliance can be a daunting process. This session will explore how digital management systems ensure that compliance data is precise and complete. It will also show case how digitization of compliance data leads to increased compliance rates and for companies to accurately benchmark their EHS programs over time.


  • Nicole Carey, Advisor, Environment and Reporting; BHP Billiton Canada
  • Pete Batrowny, Managing Director EHS & Security; AES Corp. - Bio
  • Zac Penix, Director, Drone & Robotic Solutions; AES Corp.

Moderated by: Chad Mathews, Senior EHS Consultant and Associate; Golder Associates Inc.

2:00 p.m. Conference Adjourns


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