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Webinar - Emerging Leaders - The Difference Between Leading and Managing
Emerging Leaders Webinar

NAEM’s Emerging Leaders group is a professional development resource for aspiring environment, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability leaders. Through educational events, online discussions and in-person events the Emerging Leaders program is a unique opportunity to learn from seasoned leaders and connect with your peers.

The Difference Between Leading and Managing

The Difference Between Leading and Managing

May 22, 2012
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Download this webinar for FREE if you are an NAEM member.

This webinar is only available to NAEM members as a benefit of their membership. It was presented for free for NAEM's Emerging Leaders program. You must be signed in as a member to download the webinar recording.

Advancing from a technical track to a leadership position requires more than solid management skills. This moderated panel discussion will highlight the leadership skills you’ll need to drive change in your company by addressing the following questions:

  • What is leadership? What are the attributes of a good leader?
  • How is leadership different from management?
  • How do you go from managing to leading?
  • How can you demonstrate leadership no matter where in the org chart you fall?

Participants should come prepared for an active discussion with our expert panelists:

  • Alex Pollock, Equipping You LLC; and former Director of EHS for The Dow Chemical Co. (retired)
  • Erol Obadasi, Senior Sustainability Manager; Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices & Diagnostics
  • Pat Perry, Senior Group Manager of Risk and Responsibility; CVS Caremark

The following post first appeared on NAEM's Green Tie blog:

Leadership and Management: “It takes two”
Kelvin Roth, Director of Environment, Health & Safety for AMCOL International Corp., shares his perspective on the role of leadership and management skills in building effective EHS programs.

Speaker Bios

Alex Pollock, Equipping You LLC; and former Director of EHS for The Dow Chemical Co. (retired)
For more than 32 years, Alex Pollock was an influential leader of business operations for the Dow Chemical Company providing strategic expertise in the area of EH&S, Sustainability, Change Management, Merger Management, Public Affairs and Community Relations. He provided strong interpersonal leadership while delivering EH&S related improvements resulting in increased respect and reduced liability for this Corporation.

In 2006 he was the recipient of Dow's premier award for excellence in people leadership, the Genesis Award. Alex retired from Dow in June 2008 to pursue his passion, through his own company Equipping You LLC, to encourage and equip EH&S leaders to bring the very best out of their followers.

Mr. Pollock holds a BS degree in Applied Chemistry from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering (MEng) from the University of Western Ontario (Canada). He is Board certified in the practice of Industrial Hygiene by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene and the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists. He is a Chartered Chemist in the Province of Ontario.

Pat PerrySenior Group Manager of Risk and Responsibility; CVS Caremark
Pat Perry has more than 25 years of experience in the environmental management field. She is currently the Director of Environmental Management for CVS Caremark, a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. She leads the environmental management team responsible fordesigning and building enterprise-wide environmental programs.

Before joining CVS Caremark, she was Senior Group Manager of Corporate Compliance & Ethics for Target Corp., where she managed a team that oversaw environmental due diligence, recycling, compliance and industrial hygiene.

In addition to her corporate experience, Ms. Perry previously shared her expertise as a consultant, specializing in site remediation and hazardous materials management.

She is past President of the NAEM Board of Directors and the Board liaison for the Emerging Leaders program. She has a bachelor of science in Geology from the State University of New York.

Erol OdabasiSenior Sustainability Manager; Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices & Diagnostics
Erol Odabasi is Senior Manager of Sustainability for Johnson & Johnson's Medical Device & Diagnostics Sector. His responsibilities include development and deployment of the sector's global sustainability strategy in alignment with Johnson & Johnson's Healthy Future 2015 goals and in support of increasingly complex customer expectations.

Mr. Obadasi has more than 10 years of experience with Johnson & Johnson, starting his career at the J&J Corporate Headquarters with Worldwide Environmental Affairs. He then served in roles of increasing responsibility managing EHS programs within various medical device and pharmaceutical businesses. In addition to experience with J&J, he spent several years providing environmental, safety, and sustainability consulting for a number of global clients, and was responsible for developing the global EHS & Security programs for a rapidly growing smart-grid startup company in California.

He holds an MBA from University of California Davis and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Rutgers University.

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