NAEM's 2020 EHS Operational Excellence Conference

Virtual EHS Operational Excellence Conference: Sustaining EHS During Times of Business Interruption


Live on Thursday, May 21, 2020


Now virtual! Attend when it fits your schedule. Sessions will be recorded and you can listen to them for up to 2 weeks after the live event!


Check out the agenda below for:


  • A special focus on responding to the demands of COVID-19
  • Sessions on best practices and strategies for a variety of EHS management topics
  • Great virtual networking with other EHS leaders
  • Special facilitated problem-solving sessions to benchmark with your peers on COVID-19 topics
  • Opportunities to re-energize and have some good laughs with virtual trivia, bingo, showing off your pets, and mindful meditation
  • Recorded bonus content to be announced!


Thursday, May 21, 2020

10:00 a.m. - 10:05 a.m. (ET)

Opening Remarks


  • Carol Singer Neuvelt, Executive Director; NAEM
10:05 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (ET)

Opening Keynote: The Urgent Call for Leaders - Keeping EHS Steady and Effective During Crisis

Now more than ever corporations are looking for leaders to exemplify exceptional leadership and go above and beyond traditional EHS responsibilities. Come to this keynote session to hear our speaker share his strategies, approaches and lessons learned leading a global EHS Team and company through the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Rick Taylor, Vice President EHS; Parker-Hannifin Corp. - Bio
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. (ET)

Thank You Remarks


  • Carol Singer Neuvelt, Executive Director; NAEM
10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (ET)


11:00 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. (ET)

Benchmarking the Impacts of COVID-19 on the EHS Function

Wondering how your peers are deploying specific tactics and plans during a time of resource shortages driven by COVID-19? From reduced opportunities to meet in person, to reduced spending and staff, this session will explore the impacts of COVID-19 on the EHS function. We will first hear results from NAEM’s benchmark survey on “The Impacts of COVID-19 on the EHS Function.” We will then transition to a panel of two EHS leaders who will share how they are doing more with less and strategies they are using to manage in a remote work environment.


Part I - Presentation of the results of NAEM's recent survey looking at the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on corporate EHS functions.


  • Callum Lever, Research Analyst; NAEM - Bio

Part II – Panelists will share how they are coping with the impacts of COVID-19 and doing more with less. We'll discuss how panelists are managing in a remote work environment and strategies they are using to meet their targets.


  • Lara Malatesta, Director of Environmental Risk and Compliance, Aramark Corp. - Bio
  • David Newman, Executive Director, Health & Safety; Comcast Corp. - Bio

11:40 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (ET)


12:00 p.m. - 12:40 p.m. (ET)

Spotlight on Mental Health & Wellness Best Practices During COVID-19

Taking care of employees' physical health has always been a top priority for EHS leaders, but what about providing support for mental health and wellness? Especially during a stressful time, like a global pandemic. Come to this session to hear how one EHS leader has provided resources and deployed best practices to her workforce in order to support mental health and wellness, now and before COVID19.


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

Buzz Session: Benchmarking COVID-19 Procedures & Practices at Your Facilities

Join this facilitated discussion to share and hear what procedures and practices peers have put in place to monitor and limit COVID19 exposure for essential employees at their facilities and offices.


  • Tom Martin, CIH, CSP, Senior Managing Consultant; Ramboll - Bio


Sponsored by:

Consulting engineers, designers and management consultants - Ramboll Group


Space is limited. This session is only open to in-house EHS&S professionals and the sponsor of the session. Vendors and consultants will not be able to attend but can attend the other session scheduled for this time.

12:40 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Break to Grab Lunch

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (ET)

Lunch and Learn: Benchmarking the Impacts of COVID-19 on the EHS Function

Share how your EHS function has personally changed since COVID-19 began with an expert facilitator and your peers. This is an opportunity to personally share your experiences and benchmark and problem-solve with the facilitator and other EHS professionals on how you've been handling the impacts of COVID-19. Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions about NAEM's benchmark survey "The Impacts of COVID-19 on the EHS Function" in this interactive session.


  • Meghan Mann, Senior Solutions Engineer; Enablon - Bio


Sponsored by:

Enablon® - Sustainability, EHS & Operational Risk Management Software


Open to all conference attendees.

Rapid Thermal Temperature Screening: Best Practices

COVID-19 has permanently changed expectations for workplace safety. Security and risk mitigation now demand that we protect against visible and invisible threats. With accuracy to 0.38°F, thermal temperature screening provides a rapid and reliable solution when deployed according to FDA and local guidelines. Learn how your business can reduce risk, promote safety and confidently maintain operations.


  • Justin Morris, Executive Vice President, Strategic Solutions; EyeOn Technologies - Bio



Sponsored by:

EyeOn Technologies | Surveillance Solution Specialists


Open to all conference attendees.

1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. (ET)

Advancing 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 and to understand the metrics and data that they use to evaluate EHS projects. Knowing how to speak this financial language provides EHS leaders with a critical skill necessary to get their work done. This session will provide tips for effective engagement with finance leaders and a deeper understanding of the key metrics finance leaders use. Come away with a new level of financial savvy and sharper business skills.


  • Lauren Cecil, Acting Capital Engineering Director; AdvanSix - Bio
  • David Eherts, Vice President Global EHS; Allergan plc - Bio

Workshop Session - What Technology Should be in Your COVID-19 Tool Kit

Join this session to hear what technologies you need in your tool kit to achieve operational excellence during this challenging time. Expert technology panelists will share insider information on what tools are currently being used by in-house EHS&S professionals during a crisis and how companies are meeting compliance, audit, and safety standards daily. Plus, get the insider scoop on the most cutting-edge technology on the market being developed to help you.


  • Caitlin Bergman, Senior Product Manager; Enablon - Bio
  • Noelle Harvey, Senior Director of Product Management; Enablon - Bio

This session is open to in-house EHS&S professionals only.


Sponsored by:

Enablon® - Sustainability, EHS & Operational Risk Management Software

2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (ET)

COVID-19 International Resource & Health & Safety Compliance Tools

Staying on top of the latest requirements surrounding COVID-19 for one country is hard enough. But the struggle for multi-national corporations is compounded many times over. Join convergence consulting for a focused presentation on how it supports multinationals in managing COVID-19 globally, and an introduction to tools that support country regulatory H&S compliance.


  • Christine Chui Lee, Products Director; convergence consulting LLC - Bio


Sponsored by:

International EHS Compliance - convergence consulting LLC

2:30 p.m. - 2:40 a.m. (ET)


2:40 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. (ET)

Pivoting Your Auditing Program During Times of Extreme Business Interruptions

Managing an audit program is a tactical way to make sure your sites stay compliant and adhere to regulations. But what about managing an audit program during mandatory social distancing and non-essential shutdowns? What strategies are EHS managers using to ensure their facilities are remaining safe and compliant? Come to this session to learn how these two EHS managers are leading their audit programs during times of extreme business interruptions.


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

Buzz Session: Preparing Employees to Return to Work

Join this facilitated discussion to share and hear how peers are thinking about the future and creating new execution plans based on update timelines.  Discussion will also focus on ways attendees are thinking about the "return to work" process and what steps they will need to take to prepare their workforce when social distancing comes to an end.


  • Danyle Hepler, Corporate Health and Safety Manager; Haley & Aldrich - Bio

Sponsored by:

Haley Aldrich - Environmental and Engineering Consulting


Space is limited. This session is only open to in-house EHS&S professionals and the sponsor of the session. Vendors and consultants will not be able to attend but can attend the other session scheduled for this time.

3:20 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (ET)


3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (ET)

Closing Keynote: Lessons Learned from the Frontlines Running A Cross Functional COVID-19 Taskforce

EHS leaders often find themselves on the frontlines of crisis and business interruptions. But how do you plan for and respond to something that is so far reaching and uncertain? Come to this session to hear our closing keynote speaker detail their experience leading the internal response task force for a major retail corporation for COVID19.


  • Mike Miller, Vice President, Risk, EHS & Sustainability; Advance Auto Parts Inc. - Bio

4:00 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. (ET)

Closing Remarks

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (ET)

Virtual Happy Hour

Bring your own beverage, network, and re-energize from the comfort of your own home on a virtual happy hour. You'll get to join one of the four groups below. You'll have the option to join a group on one of the two topics below. Due to popular demand, we’ll have two groups on each of the topics:


  1. Trivia: Attendees will be split up into two groups and a facilitator will ask the trivia questions. Win fun prizes!
  2. Show off Your Pet: Bring your furry friends and mingle with fellow attendees. You'll have a chance to introduce yourself and your pet.



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