2017 Management Excellence Conference

2018 EHS Compliance Management Agenda


Keynote Speaker

Gina McCarthy, Former Administrator; The United States Environmental Protection AgencyBio


Gina McCarthy, Former EPA Administrator - Director; Center for Health and the Global Environment and Professor; Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Now, in an era of regulatory rollbacks and uncertainty, should companies rethink their EHS&S strategies? Come hear former EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, who will discuss how companies can chart a path for EHS&S programs and initiatives that will facilitate long-term success, no matter the current trends.


Gina McCarthy is one of the world's most respected voices on the critical interconnection between the environment and global public health. For more than 30 years as a career public servant in both Democratic and Republican administrations, and now, at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, she has championed common sense strategies that protect the environment and public health while fostering economic growth. During her tenure at EPA, initiatives cut air pollution, protected water resources, reduced greenhouse gases and strengthened chemical safety to better protect more Americans, especially the most vulnerable, from negative health impacts. Internationally, McCarthy worked with the UN and WHO on a variety of efforts and represented the U.S. on global initiatives to reduce high risk sources of pollution. She is currently serving as Director of Harvard Chan's Center for Health and the Global Environment, leading the development of the School's strategy in climate science, health, and sustainability.


The Program

The agenda will focus on the continuing trend toward integrating compliance into the fabric of organizational culture and operations. These sessions will show how proactive management strategies and effective systems can leverage the role of the EHS professionals within their company.


A continued theme is the use of metrics to drive risk management and create business value. This year's agenda will focus on risk management, auditing trends and how insights from key metrics can impact overall business strategy.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018: Training Workshop

1:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Build Your Playbook for Successful EHS Post-Merger Integration

Training Workshop sponsored and presented by Ramboll Group A/S


Trainer: Michael J. Bittner, Principal and Director, Post-Merger Integration; Ramboll Group A/S - Bio
Supporting Trainer: Milind Pradhan, Principal; Ramboll Group A/S - Bio


The changes that occur during mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and spin-offs create enormous challenges for environmental, health, and safety (EHS) leaders. Opposing company cultures, shifting priorities, insufficient resources, and the departure of critical staff can disrupt the continuity and effectiveness of EHS programs, preventing EHS leaders from meeting their company’s compliance requirements and business needs. 

Fortunately, many of these EHS integration challenges can be predicted and managed using a company-specific playbook for EHS PMI.


Attend this workshop to acquire the knowledge and tools to implement an EHS Post-Merger Integration (PMI) program based on industry best practices and proven success factors. Through interactive exercises and case studies, workshop participants will also modify instructor-provided tools to create a customized playbook for EHS PMI that can be used on future transactions.


Key elements of the training will include:


  • EHS PMI Fundamentals
  • PMI Planning
  • Initial Integration Activities (First 100 Days)
  • On-going EHS Program Optimization

Sponsored by Ramboll Group A/S

Ramboll Group A/S


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

8:00 a.m.

Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:45 - 9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks


  • Carol Singer Neuvelt, Executive Director; NAEM
  • Caitlin Wilson, Senior Program Manager; NAEM
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Keynote Presentation by Gina McCarthy: Building a Legacy of Corporate EHS Excellence


  • Gina McCarthy, Former Administrator; The United States Environmental Protection Agency - Bio

In an era of regulatory rollbacks and uncertainty, should you be rethinking your compliance strategies? Come hear Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator, discuss the opportunities you have to chart a path that will lead to long-term compliance success.

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.


10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Leveraging Your Management Systems for a Strong EHS Culture


  • Allison Montgomery, EHS Director, CQH; Harris Corp. - Bio
  • Mark Hause, Environmental Competency Leader; DuPont Co. - Bio
  • Megan Lum, Director, Environment, Transmission; The Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Corp.

With EHS Management systems influencing much of how the department functions, they also heavily impacts the culture of the department. No matter where you are with your EHS Management system, it is important to know the linkage to culture. This is especially essential when tasked with making the business case for investing in different management systems. Come to this session to hear how to get corporate-wide buy-in for management systems and the impact of EHS management systems on the culture of a department.


Moderator: Mark Kozeal, Commercial Director, Product Management; Bloomberg Environment

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Approaches to Closing out Audit Findings


  • Nic Jones, CSP, CHMM, Audit Program Manager; Exelon Corp. - Bio
  • Marian Hwang, Principal; Miles & Stockbridge pc - Bio

Now that you have successfully completed your audit, it's time to act on the findings. But what are your options and immediate next steps? This session will teach you what other companies do after an audit turns up issues of non-compliance. Learn the terms of Attorney Client Privilege and the details of Voluntary Audit and Disclosure Programs.


Moderator: Van Hilderbrand, Counsel; Miles & Stockbridge pc

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:30 - 2:15 p.m.

It’s Time to Complete Your ISO: 14001 Implementation


  • Susan Briggs, Principal Consultant; SLK Briggs - Bio

2018 is the final year that IS0:14001 2004 certifications will be valid, so time is of the essence to implement the new standards. Susan Briggs, a key technical advisor to the ISO organization, will provide an overview of the new standard, review common implementation challenges and share strategies for successfully leveraging the new standard.

2:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Networking Break

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Update on Key Regulations


  • Eric Weber, Vice President of Product Development; McCoy & Associates - Bio
  • Kasia Branny, Team Lead; Enhesa S.A. - Bio

Join this intensive regulatory update to get key updates on changes at the global, federal and state levels. Hear about regulatory changes that will impact your function and get a chance ask questions from our EHS regulatory experts. The session will cover hot topic areas like RCRA reform, the Hazardous Waste Generator rule, the new E-manifest Rule, Brexit and ISO 45001 as well as global changes within climate change and renewable energy, chemicals and hazardous materials management, worker protection and environmental standards and enforcement rules.


Moderator: Karen M. HansenPrincipal; Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Balancing Transparency and Risk for a Strong Corporate Brand


  • Amy Ebersole-Martinez; Manager, Environmental, Safety and Health; PETCO Animal Supplies Inc. - Bio
  • Stephanie Hart, EHS Manager - Audits; PepsiCo Inc.

A strong risk management system is essential in the age of social media, as companies are challenged to balance transparency with reputational risk. Come to this session to learn how consumer-facing companies are building brand value by engaging with external stakeholders without introducing new risks.


Moderator: Julee Vecchio, Director, Corporate Marketing; Verisk 3E

5:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks


  • Virginia Hoekenga, Deputy Director; NAEM
5:15 p.m.

Welcome Happy Hour


Thursday, May 17, 2018

8:00 a.m.

Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:45 a.m.

Morning Announcements


  • Virginia Hoekenga, Deputy Director; NAEM
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Emerging EHS Trends and Risks


  • John A. Dony, Director, Environmental, Health, Safety & Sustainability; National Safety Council - Bio
  • Steve LaMarre, Regional Environmental, Health & Safety Manager – North; Carrier Corp. U.S. Field Operations - Bio
  • Mark Ames, Director, Government Relations; AIHA (American Industrial Hygiene Association) - Bio
  • Allen Stegman, Director of Environmental and Hazardous Materials; BNSF Railway Co. - Bio

From regulatory changes to “Industry 4.0,” focus on the “Whole Human” and the impacts of the opioid epidemic, the scope and diversity of risks you are managing is ever-changing.  What are the big trends and risks that will dominate your time in the year to come? This engaging panel discussion will feature a variety of EHS industry leaders who will discuss the issues they are  most closely watching.

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.


10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Comparing Notes on Training Programs
An interactive benchmark on EHS&S Training Programs


  • Taylor Gelsinger, Manager of Research and Analytics; NAEM - Bio
  • Elizabeth Ryan, Director of Communications; NAEM - Bio

Would you like to know how your peers are structuring their EHS&S training programs? Are you looking for ideas to keep your training program fresh? Join this interactive benchmarking discussion to learn how others are segmenting their programs, training non-EHS staff and customizing their content by regional requirements. The outcome of this discussion will be a complimentary report, thanks to financial support from Intelex.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Risk Management Tools and Tips


  • Nicholas Brunson, Director of Loss Control and Sustainability; Dixie Chemical Co. - Bio
  • Steve Groseclose, Senior Director, Risk Management, Sustainability & Real Estate; GLOBALFOUNDRIES U.S. Inc. 

Risk matrices and risk heat maps are key tools when defining and prioritizing risk. Though it can be a familiar process, it is important to learn how other companies are mapping risk. Come benchmark your process with other companies and learn how they develop these matrices and maps and use them to assign EHS resources.


Moderator: Linda Spaulding, Manager, US & Canada; Red-on-line

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Keeping Compliance Programs on Track During Times of Change and High Employee Turnover


  • Jason Reichert, Director of Safety - South Division; Advance Auto Parts Inc. - Bio
  • Luis Costa, Senior Manager, Governance; Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • Drena Howard, Director, Global Retail Environmental Affairs & Safety; The Estée Lauder Co.'s Inc. - Bio

Whether it's a new regulation, key staff turnover or evolving stakeholder demands, EHS professionals are constantly managing under changing conditions. Come hear this panel discussion from companies that have built a strong compliance program that can survive changing conditions.


Moderator: Paul Norian, Senior Client Manager; Woodard & Curran

2:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks


  • Carol Singer Neuvelt, Executive Director; NAEM
2:45 p.m. Conference Adjourns


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