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Key Practice Area - Global EHS - 2015 Forum Track 2 - Optimizing EHS Performance
Key Practice Area: Global EHS

2015 EHS Forum - Optimizing EHS Performance

Oct. 14-15, 2015

Optimizing is defined as making something as effective, perfect, or useful as possible. We are constantly challenged to optimize all aspects of our programs and ensure continuous improvement in even the core aspects of EHS management and compliance. Sessions in this track will look at ways companies are finding ways to improve their programs whether through shear management creativity or the use of emerging technologies or partnerships inside or outside the business to deliver on the promise of optimization.


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Compliance Assurance: Brilliant at the Basics

EHS managers today face increasingly stringent regulations, tight budgets, an aging workforce, shrinking EHS departments and increased responsibility. For the fundamental elements of EHS programs, such as regulatory and compliance tracking, permitting, auditing, and training; learn how companies are navigating these challenges to keep their EHS staff brilliant at the basic technical aspects of their jobs. You'll leave this session with lessons learned and proven strategies from companies who have found success through internal programs and practices.

  • Kisa Adkins, Global Environmental Compliance Program Manager; Newell Rubbermaid Inc.
  • Tom Finley, Senior Manager, Enterprise Workplace Safety & Health; The Boeing Co.
  • Julie Smoak, Environmental Manager; Toyota Tsusho America Inc.

Moderator: Fawn Bergen,Senior Environmental Engineer; Intel Corp.

Maximizing the Business Value of Management Systems and Conformance Standards

With the proliferation of ISO standards, certification schemes, and reporting requirements that impact EHS and Sustainability, companies are challenged with whether to keep existing certifications, and how to integrate the complex needs in this area. This session will provide an update on ISO 14001 revisions, along with details on the anticipated new ISO 45001 standard on OHSMS. Presenters will share on how their organizations are responding to the evolving ISO regime and in turn developing internal standards that address ISO as well as requirements from entities such as GRI, IIRC and SAB.

  • Susan LK Briggs, ISO TC207 Convenor for the revision of ISO14001; International Standards Organization (ISO)
  • Raj Chaudhry, Program Manager Sustainability & Management Systems; BD & Co.
  • Alan Leibowitz, former Head of EHS, Exelis Inc.

Moderator: Charles Redinger, President; Redinger 360

Leveraging Supplier Engagement to Drive EHS & Sustainability Performance

Many companies identify supplier sustainability performance as an important concern, yet few equate sustainability programs with supplier price, quality and on-time delivery. This session will explore why some companies have decided to go “beyond questionnaires” and include specific EH&S and other performance criteria in determining whether suppliers get, or keep, their business. Presenters will discuss how they are engaging with suppliers, the mechanics of their supplier sustainability programs, and share their reasoning around the weight and importance of EHS & sustainability issues when establishing and assessing supplier relationships. Attendees will be challenged to consider whether or not their current supplier sustainability programs are on track to deliver improved sustainability performance, and critical steps they can take to ensure they do.

  • Judi Kovacs, Vice President of Corporate Supplier Social Responsibility Programs; NBCUniversal Inc.
  • Jenny Levy, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility; Hypertherm Inc.
  • Rick Love, Manager, Environmental Sustainability; United Technologies Corp.

Moderator: Tim Greiner,Managing Director; Pure Strategies

Strategies for Safety Culture Reinvigoration

How can organizations look at safety culture with fresh eyes? Are your safety indicators trending the wrong way? Has safety taken a back seat to other priorities? If so, it might be time to refresh your safety culture program. Learn the symptoms of safety culture decline, and hear what others have done to reinvigorate or recreate their programs.

  • Aaron Duff, Director of EHS Standardization; Johnson & Johnson
  • Mike Lloyd, Director: Environmental, Health, Safety, and Sustainability; Huber Engineered Woods
  • Frank Marino, Corporate EHS Manager; The Raytheon Co.

Moderator: Annette Russo,Manager, Communications, Training- Worldwide EHS; Johnson & Johnson

Ensuring the ROI of Consultant Partnerships

EHS&S Managers are faced with the demands of increasing responsibilities with fewer resources. Using external consultants is often the choice EHS&S Managers use to bridge the gap. But how do you manage this relationship to get what you pay for and even more? Attendees will hear perspectives from EHS&S managers that use consultants for a variety of reasons to help manage some of these growing tasks. Participants will learn about how to manage consultancy relationships and how to maximize the value proposition and benefits of this outside resource.

  • David Mordue, IT Sourcing Manager; Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
  • Lisa Shpritz, Senior Vice President, Environmental Operations Executive, Global Environmental Group; Bank of America Corp.
  • Allen Stegman, General Director, Environmental; The BNSF Railway

Moderator: Keith Green,Vice President; WSP Global

Speaker Bios

Kisa Adkins, Global Environmental Compliance Program Manager; Newell Rubbermaid Inc.
Kisa Adkins Baskin is the Global Environmental Compliance Program Manager for Newell Rubbermaid, where she supports operational compliance, primarily working with the manufacturing and distribution center, as well as supporting mergers and acquisitions, and product regulatory compliance. During her time at NWL Mrs. Baskin has also partnered with other organizations such as sourcing, safety and health, and risk management to build cross-functional relationships to better support NWL's new operating structure.

Ms. Baskin's diverse environmental career, including working for state government and as a consultant, provided her with the experience and opportunities to support the development of management systems that are rooted in compliance but focus on continual improvement and sustainable growth. At NWL she has led the development of their Global Compliance Program, including an internal education and training program for manufacturing and distribution environmental coordinators.

Ms. Baskin graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science from Marshall University. She began her career as a regulator for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, followed by several years with CH2M focusing on management system development and multi-media auditing. She joined Newell Rubbermaid in 2010.

Tom Finley, Senior Manager, Enterprise Workplace Safety & Health; The Boeing Co.
Tom is currently the Senior Manager of Enterprise Workplace Safety & Health at The Boeing Company. He joined Boeing in 2008 to lead the EHS Audit organization. For six months, Tom was on temporary assignment as EHS Director for Boeing Australia.

Prior to joining Boeing, Tom left his position of 15 years at Alcatel-Lucent, which spun off from AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1996. He was manager of EHS in the company's Services Business Unit. During his tenure, some of his major projects included coordination of divestiture EHS-related activities, achieving OSHA Voluntary Protection Program certification at company and Bell Laboratories world headquarters, EHS coordination of the overall company response to the World Trade Center disaster, and managing the Business Continuity program for the company's Services business unit.

Prior to joining AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1993, Tom worked as an industrial hygienist at IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, NY.

Tom has a Master of Science degree in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Rutgers University. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and a Registered Environmental Health Specialist.

Julie Smoak, Environmental Manager; Toyota Tsusho America Inc.
Julie Smoak is the Environmental Manager for Toyota Tsusho America, Inc. (TAI) headquartered in Georgetown, KY. She began her career as an environmental generalist with the Division of Environmental and Emergency Management in Lexington, KY. Prior to coming to TAI she was an Environmental Scientist with the KY Division of Water where she served as Technical Advisor for EPA Section 319(h) grant projects, worked in Stormwater and Wastewater Planning, then later supervised the Drinking Water Capacity Development Section. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Zoology, and completed Master's research in Behavioral Ecotoxicology.

Susan LK Briggs, ISO TC207 Convenor for the revision of ISO14001; International Standards Organization (ISO)
Susan L.K. Briggs is known nationally and internationally for her work developing and implementing Environment, Health and Safety Management Systems in large complex organizations in the aerospace/defense and research & development sectors.

She is the Chairperson of both the U.S. Technical Advisory Group on Environmental Management and its EMS subcommittee. With her US colleagues, she developed and negotiated US positions during the 2004 revision of ISO 14001/14004.

Susan served on the ANSI-ASQ Accreditation Council overseeing the accreditation of certification bodies in the U.S.

She is a member of the ISO Joint Technical Coordination Group task force that wrote ‘Annex SL’, ISO’s core management system requirements and the related guidance now used in all ISO management systems standards.

It is this unique set of experiences that enabled her to be elected to the leadership role of Convener of ISO’s international working group responsible for the 2015 revision of ISO 14001. She has led the international group over the past three years and has just completed the Final Draft International Standard.

Susan graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor degree in Natural Science, concentrating in environmental science and statistics.

Raj Chaudhry, Program Manager Sustainability & Management Systems; BD & Co.
Raj Chaudhry is the Program Manager for Sustainability and Management Systems at BD and Company. He was previously with CareFusion Corp. as Global Manager, EHS for 5 years and transferred to BD when CareFusion merged with CareFusion in early 2015. Raj's primary role at BD is to standardize the implementation of management systems at the company globally and support the development, implementation, and strategization of programs to strengthen the culture of sustainability throughout BD.

Prior to joining BD/CareFusion, Raj spent almost 25 years with Philips Lighting Electronics and was the Sr. Director of EHS and Product Quality when he left them. At Philips, Raj was extensively involved in strategizing and driving the EHS programs and also established management systems (ISO-14001, ISO-9001) to support business expectations. At CareFusion, Raj was able to establish an Umbrella ISO-14001 Certified program for 15 sites together through standardized procedures, harmonized implementation approach and cohesive teamwork. Raj is also very involved in establishing and reviewing OHSAS 18001 (safety management system) program and has good expertise and knowledge in setting up this system in harmonization with ISO-14001 or by itself. He has been effective in deriving business value from the establishment of management systems through improvements, standardization of programs and approaches, regulatory compliance, and people engagement.

Raj holds an M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas and an MBA from Texas A & M University. Raj and his wife live in San Diego, California.

Alan Leibowitz, former Head of EHS; Exelis Inc.
Alan Leibowitz is Director of Environment, Safety, Health and Security (ESH&S) for ITT Exelis Corp., based in McLean, Va. In this position, he leads the worldwide team addressing ESH&S issues for this $6 billion-dollar-international supplier of advanced technology products and services including defense communications and electronics.

Mr. Leibowitz is a leader in professional and industry group activities, including his recent roles on the Board of Directors of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and as a Liaison Delegate to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

He has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Registrar Accreditation Board (RAB), Chair of the ANSI Z10 Committee that developed the first American National Safety and Health Management System Standard, Chair of the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) Environmental Issues Council and the Environmental Committee of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA). He is a frequent speaker on Environmental and Safety Management and recently contributed a chapter on the subject to the textbooks “The Occupational Environment - It's Evaluation and Control” and “Patty's Industrial Hygiene."

He holds a Master's degree in Environmental Science from Drexel University and received extensive postgraduate training at the Columbia University School of Public Health.

Judi Kovacs, Vice President of Corporate Supplier Social Responsibility Programs; NBCUniversal Inc.
Judi Kovacs has 29 years of experience in developing and managing a variety of aspects of EHS and CSR programs. Judi began her career in industry, where she was employed by Hughes Aircraft and Chemical Waste Management over a span on 6 years. She then moved her career into consulting, where she provided technical and management consulting services for clients over a span of 12 years within a variety of industry sectors including: consumer goods manufacturing, oil & gas, mining, pharmaceuticals, entertainment, aviation, aerospace, and cruise lines.

Judi joined NBCUniversal in June 2004 as an EHS Program Director, with the primary responsibility to provide strategic leadership over integration of the EHS programs across the footprint of the newly-acquired Universal Studios and Theme Parks. Once the successful integration was complete, she subsequently lead enterprise wide EHS programs, digitization and compliance assurance at NBCUniversal. In 2011, Judi’s role changed to lead the development and implementation of NBCUniversal’s Corporate Supplier Social Responsibility (CSSR) Program.

Judi received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from University of California, Los Angeles in Biology, and a Master's of Science Degree in Environmental Occupational Health from California State University, Northridge. Judi is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) with the American Board of Industrial Hygiene; a SA 8000 Certified Social Auditor; and is a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA) by the Board of Environmental Auditors.

Jenny Levy, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility; Hypertherm Inc.
Jenny Levy is the Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at Hypertherm,Inc. in Hanover, NH, where she has worked for eleven years. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Hypertherm, a 100% associate owned company with 1,400 Associates worldwide, designs and manufactures advanced industrial cutting systems. Hypertherm has a set of environmental sustainability strategic goals for the year 2020, including becoming a zero landfill waste organization and reducing their carbon impacts by 50%. Prior to Hypertherm Jenny held a variety of leadership roles at McMaster-Carr Supply Company.

Rick Love, Manager, Environmental Sustainability; United Technologies Corp.
Rick Love is the Manager of Environmental Sustainability at United Technologies Corporation. Recent responsibilities include program management for the development and implementation of UTC’s 2020 supplier sustainability goals, implementation of UTCs 2020 facility sustainability goals and progress reporting, external sustainabilty reporting, program benchmarking, waste and climate change risk impact reduction, and sustainability business case development. Prior to UTC, Rick worked as an environmental consultant, including significant experience at USEPA in the development of US Clean Air Act data management programs. He has a BA from Brown University, and an MBA in strategic planning from the University of Connecticut.

Aaron Duff, Director of EHS Standardization; Johnson & Johnson
An EHS&S professional for nearly 20 years with extensive global and site operational experience, Aaron Duff is Director of Global EHS&S Standardized Solutions for Johnson & Johnson. Duff's experience has included strategic and tactical responsibilities both at the site and enterprise level over all areas of safety, health, risk management, engineering, and management systems. He is currently an active committee member of NFPA 51b, 350, 600, 601. Within Johnson & Johnson he has been leading a global initiative to standardize Safety Culture across an organization of 120,000+ employees in 250+ operating companies at 900+ sites, including manufacturing, R&D, offices, and fleet operations. The Johnson & Johnson Safety Culture initiative is outlined in their “Safety Culture Roadmap,” which describes the company's beliefs and commitment to safety as well as tactical requirements for all operations to embed into their management systems.

Aaron is a graduate of Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a BS in Safety and Environmental Management. He also holds a MBA in Business Administration from Dowling College School of Business. He is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS). Before joining Johnson & Johnson, Duff held management roles at Bristol-Myers Squibb, DuPont, and The Hartford.

Mike Lloyd, Director, Environmental, Health, Safety, and Sustainability; Huber Engineered Woods
Michael Lloyd is Director for EHS & Sustainability for Huber Engineered Woods. He has worked in Europe and the US and had Global responsibilities in previous roles. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Great Britain and a Master's Degree in the US. In his current role Mike is defining the organizations roadmap to World Class EHS & S Performance that incl

Frank Marino, Corporate EHS Manager; The Raytheon Co.
Frank Marino is a Senior Corporate Environmental, Health and Safety Manager at Raytheon Co., where he works on a variety of EHS challenges including auditing, corporate social responsibility reporting, sustainability, injury prevention, OSHA VPP, installing electric vehicle charging stations, and enterprise e-waste management.

He has more than 30 years of experience in industrial EHS management, including auditing manufacturing plants in a variety of settings including computers, appliances, military hardware and aircraft.

Frank holds a master's degree in environmental engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

David Mordue, IT Sourcing Manager; Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
Dave Mordue has been a sourcing and procurement professional for more than 20 years. He has led strategic supplier negotiations and management initiatives across many categories of spend in the US and Europe. Dave was US Head of Procurement for British Telecom Global Services for 3 years. In 2011 PG&E recruited Dave to provide strategic direction to their environmental consultants and suppliers as well as other shared services. Dave developed a program that incentivized PG&E's environmental consultants to maximize their performance, deliver cost benefits over and above their contract and strive to innovate. Dave is now PG&E's IT Sourcing Manager working in Downtown San Francisco.

Lisa Shpritz, Senior Vice President, Environmental Operations Executive, Global Environmental Group; Bank of America Corp.
Lisa Shpritz is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Senior Vice President in the Global Environmental Group, within Bank of America’s Corporate Social Responsibility Group. As Environmental Operations Executive, she is responsible for tracking and reporting on global environmental impacts at Bank of America. Lisa works to ensure that operational efficiency and resource conservation are integrated into the Bank and oversees public environmental commitments related to Bank operations.

Lisa joined Bank of America in 2005, and spent six years in Corporate Workplace, where she established the Environmental Risk and Sustainability Group, which oversaw environmental compliance and sustainability in the Bank’s occupied real estate portfolio of more than 100 million square feet.

Prior to joining Bank of America in 2005, Lisa worked in international environmental management, managing risk for telecommunications companies. She developed and maintained environmental health and safety programs, ISO 14001-registered environmental management systems and electronics recycling programs for facilities throughout the US and Canada.

Lisa represented Bank of America on the Board of Directors of United States Green Building Council (USGBC), in the Finance, Surety and Corporate Real Estate seat from 2006 through 2013, serving the last two years as Board Treasurer. She currently is Chair of the USGBC Board Finance and Audit Committee, serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the USGBC North Carolina chapter and is an ex officio member of the board of Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful. As a volunteer Citizen Teacher for Citizen Schools at Quail Hollow Middle School in Charlotte, she teaches 6th graders how to minimize their carbon footprints.

Lisa holds a master’s degree in environmental management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University in the program of chemistry, toxicology and risk assessment, an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School with concentrations in real estate and sustainable enterprise and a BA in Biology from Cornell University. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, she resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and two children.

Allen Stegman, General Director, Environmental; The BNSF Railway
Allen M. Stegman is General Director Remediation and Environmental Programs for BNSF Railway and has 25 years of experience in the Environmental, Health and Safety field. Allen was last year's Forum Chair and is a frequent speaker at various conferences including Battelle, AHC and NAEM.

At BNSF, one of the largest transportation providers in the United States as well as one of the largest landowners, his core responsibilities include remediation and environmental liability management, emergency response, data/document management, acquisitions, divestitures, metrics and project controls.

Prior to joining BNSF, Allen was the Director of Safety and Environmental Affairs for a global chemical company and has a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering with an option in Biochemical Engineering from the University of Missouri.

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