One of the most important factors that set’s NAEM EHS Management Forum apart from other conferences is the peer led program development process and the requirement that all speakers be EHS or sustainability managers sharing first hand stories about their challenges, successes and lessons learned.


Keynote Speakers

Wednesday Morning, October 13: Dr. Daniel Goleman

The bestselling author of 'Emotional Intelligence and Primal Leadership', Daniel Goleman reveals the hidden environmental consequences of what we make and buy, and shows how new market forces can drive the essential changes we all must make to save our planet.


We recycle bottles, but drive miles in gas-guzzling cars to shop. We take bags to the grocery store, but buy fruits shipped from South America. In Ecological Intelligence Daniel Goleman reveals why “green is a mirage” and illuminates the wild inconsistencies in our response to the ecological crisis.


Collectively, he says, we are in denial over the hidden impacts of the goods and services we make and consume. The problem is exacerbated by a blackout of information about the detrimental effects of producing, shipping, packaging, distributing, and discarding the goods we buy.


A new generation of technologies informing us of the ecological facts about products is poised to shift the balance of power, Goleman argues, from seller to buyer. This “radical transparency” will allow consumers to make smarter purchasing decisions, and will drive companies to rethink and reform their business practices. Full Bio...

Thursday Morning, October 14: EHS Vice Presidents Panel, featuring Mary Armstrong, Sandy Stash and Bill O'Rourke - Moderated by Steven Ramsey

(From left to right: Mary Armstrong, Sandy Stash, and Bill O'Rourke)

The challenges faced by EHS organizations as companies move to incorporate principles of sustainability into business strategy are some of the most important challenges facing the EHS professional today. Join Steve Ramsey, former Vice President of EHS for GE and Lecturer at the Yale School of Forestry, as he leads a discussion with Vice Presidents of EHS from Boeing, Talisman Energy and Alcoa about how they are incorporating sustainability goals and targets into their business operations and leadership roles and what corporate sustainability initiatives mean for traditional EHS organizations and personnel. For EHS managers tasked with implementing or supporting sustainability efforts, this session will offer insights and strategies that can be taken back and applied immediately. Full Bios...

  • Mary Armstrong, Vice President, EHS, Boeing Company
  • Sandy Stash, Vice President, EHS, Talisman Energy Inc.
  • William O'Rourke, Vice President, Sustainability, Environment, Health and Safety, Alcoa Inc.

Moderated by: Steve Ramsey, Former Vice President of EHS for General Electric Co. and Lecturer at the Yale School of Forestry

Thursday Lunch, October 14: Ben Heineman

In his latest book, ‘High Performance with High Integrity,’ Ben Heineman discusses the dark side to our free market system, outlining the principles corporate leaders must follow to remain competitive in today’s ever-changing global business environment.


“I believe a CEO’s core task is to channel financial pressures properly by fusing high performance with high integrity.” “What characterizes this culture?" Heineman writes. "It motivates by values, norms, incentives, penalties and transparent processes. It doesn’t just seek to keep people from misbehaving through threats of discovery and punishment. It also seeks to develop and reward employees who recognize value and exemplify integrity.” Full Bio...

Friday Morning: Mark Pascal and Francis Schott, "The Restaurant Guys”

The Restaurant GuysWhile significant portions of the US and global population live in "food deserts" and remain ignorant about nutrition and basic food, there is a small but extremely influential subset of people who are driving a new sustainable food movement.


Join Francis Schott and Mark Pascal, often called the “Car Talk” guys for food, as they deliver a fun, flavorful and interesting closing breakfast keynote at this year’s Forum. Their presentation will examine modern society’s evolution, during and after the industrial revolution, to a food system that emphasizes and delivers highly convenient and globally produced food and the rise of a subsequent movement back toward local systems and small food production that stresses environmental impacts and taste over convenience.


 As owners of two highly successful and environmentally conscience restaurants in New Jersey, they will offer anecdotes and observances on how and why this latest food movement has broader implications for how we define “sustainability” and what we can learn from the drivers of this movement about how we run our own businesses and develop sustainable products and services. Full Bios...

Session Speakers (Full Bios...)

  • Tracy Beaudry, Health and Safety Manager, Goodrich Corp.
  • Paul Bender, Compliance Assurance Manager, GE Aviation
  • Catherine Benoit, Lead Developer, UNEP Social Life Cycle Assessment Guidelines
  • Barruch Ben-Zekry, Environmental & Sustainability Specialist, Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Jeff Blake, Director, Health, Safety and Environmental Affairs, Barnes Precision Component
  • Paul Bowen, Water Technology Director, The Coca Cola Company
  • Kathy Brewer, Product Stewardship Program Manager, Hewlett-Packard Co.
  • Candy Chambers, Employee Relations Consultant, American Electric Power Company
  • Mike Christian, Manager EHS Stewardship, Goodrich Corp.
  • Blaine Collison, Director, EPA Green Power Partnership
  • Laurie Counsel, Energy and Environmental Relations Director, Cummins Inc.
  • Christopher Cox, Environmental Manager, Deere & Company
  • Shaun Clancy, Ph.D., Director, Product Regulatory Services, Evonik Degussa Corp.
  • Sally Curley, Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, Cardinal Health Inc.
  • Rob Currie, Director Environment, Health & Safety, Baxter Healthcare Corp.
  • Rodney Davis, Senior Manager Global Sustainability, Mattel Inc.
  • Larry Deeney, Senior Manager of Environmental Sustainability, General Mills, Inc.
  • Hal Ehrhardt, Manager Energy and Environment, Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • Dianne Fitzgerald, Managing Director, Environmental Affairs, American Electric Power Company
  • Mike Gromacki, Vice President Operations and Chief Sustainability Officer, Dixie Chemical Co. Inc.
  • Debbie Hammond, Director EHS Governance, Abbott Laboratories
  • John Harris, Global HSE Product Stewardship Coordinator, Eli Lilly & Co.
  • Don Hayden, EHS Manager, Reynolds Flexible Packaging Inc.
  • Steve Huntzinger, Director EHS North America, Cephalon Inc.
  • Balaji Jayaseelan, Manager Global Sustainability, Newell Rubbermaid
  • Jill Kauffman Johnson, Executive Director, Chemical Strategies Partnership
  • Willie Johnson, Product Supply Sustainability, Procter & Gamble Co.
  • Marc Juaire, Senior Environmental Manager, The Valspar Corp.
  • Steve Kooy, Senior Environmental Engineer & Global Sustainability Leader, Haworth Inc.
  • Linda Kurtz, Corporate Environmental Manager, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co.
  • Thomas Laginess, Product Steward, BASF Corp.
  • Darryl LeDoux, Senior Manager Safety & Security, Autodesk Inc.
  • Rina Levy, ESG Equity Analyst, Bloomberg L.P.
  • Ray Lizotte, Group Expert, Office of Environmental Stewardship, APC
  • Mike Lloyd, Director, Global Environmental Services, Kimberly-Clark Corp.
  • Al Loiselle, Corporate EHS Manager and VPP Lead, Raytheon Co.
  • Andy Mangan, Executive Director, U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • Vickie Mecsey, Manager of Global Environmental Programs, General Motors Co.
  • Mitchell Mitgang, Director, ESH Audit/M&A, ITT Corporation
  • Chris Milici, Director, Global EHS & Security, John Crane Inc.
  • Mike Miller, Global EHS Director, Danaher Corp.
  • Paul Narog, Manager, Environmental Operations, 3M Co.
  • Stephen Newell, Director EH&S Programs, ORC Worldwide
  • David Newman, Senior Director Sustainability, Millipore Corp.
  • Monique Oxender, Global Supervisor, Supply Chain Sustainability, Ford Motor Co.
  • Larry Perry, Director, Global Environmental Compliance, PepsiCo Inc.
  • Lidia Peterson, Director, Environment, Safety and Health, ITT Corp.
  • Kristin Pierre, Program Lead, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Loren Polak, Director of Environmental Management, Bunge North America
  • William Porter, Research Engineer, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • David Raney, Senior Manager, Environmental and Energy Affairs, American Honda Motor Co. Inc.
  • Anne Venneta Richard, EH&S/Product Safety Manager, Alcatel-Lucent Inc.
  • Nancy Roberts, Green MBA Faculty, Dominican University
  • Carol Singer, Executive Director, NAEM
  • Bill Sisson, Director Sustainability, United Technologies Research Center
  • Jay Spano, ESH Regional Manager, ITT Corp.
  • Lindsay Stoda, Senior Business Analysis, Sustainability, Interface Inc.
  • Audrey Templeton, P.E., Environmental Engineer, MillerCoors
  • Gay Trovei, Director Responsible Care Process, Ashland Inc.
  • George Valaitis, RoHS Program Manager, AB SCIEX, Molecular Devices Inc.
  • Samuel S. Waldo, Director, EHS & Support Services, Amphenol Corp.
  • Steve Walker, Manager, Environmental Sustainability, Burt’s Bees Inc.
  • David Wilkerson, Corporate Director, Sustainability and Product Stewardship, Shaw Industries Inc.