NAEM’s 2019 Forum to Emphasize New Skills for a Changing Profession

June 5, 2019 — As companies continue to expand their commitments to environmental and social sustainability, the corporate leaders who manage these programs need a new set of skills to achieve these goals. To meet the emerging needs of a changing profession, NAEM's annual conference will prepare attendees to identify new opportunities for value creation and effectively communicate their vision for organizational change.

The National Association for Environment, Health and Safety, and Sustainability (EHS&S) Management (NAEM) serves corporate leaders at the manager, director and vice president levels.

"The environment, health, safety and sustainability (EHS&S) leaders of tomorrow will be increasingly called upon to reduce business risks and drive bottom-line results," said Executive Director Carol Singer Neuvelt. "Our mission is to prepare those who lead these programs with the right skills and targeted connections to change their companies from within."

This October, NAEM's EHS&S Management Forum will welcome more than 650 corporate EHS&S managers, directors and vice presidents to Toronto for keynote presentations, peer case studies and unique networking events.

The peer-developed agenda will include 25 sessions organized around five core themes:
  • Driving Business Value
  • Risk and Resilience
  • Skilled Leaders and Strong Culture
  • Foundational EHS&S
  • Planning for a Sustainable Future
Paul Robbertz, Senior Director, Environmental Health and Safety at Danone North America, who leads the planning committee, said the conference delivers greater value for in-house leaders because it's designed by those who understand the core professional issues they face.

"To do our jobs well today requires us to integrate and partner across a whole host of different functions," he said. "The expansion of who we, what we need to be and how we can add value as EHS&S professionals is driving a lot of what we're after in this year's Forum."

The conference will also include networking opportunities, starting on Tuesday, Oct. 15, with a golf outing, NAEM's annual Day of Service and a meeting of the NAEM Board of Regents.

The full agenda will run from Wednesday, Oct. 16, to Thursday, Oct. 17, with three keynote presentations, peer-presented case studies and a ceremony to honor the recipients of the 2019 Excellence Awards. On Friday, Oct. 18, the Forum will wrap up with tours of the city, small-group benchmarking and the annual Women's Leadership Breakfast.

For more information about the program or to reserve your spot, please visit


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