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Key Practice Area - Leadership Development - 2013 EHS Management Forum Interactive Sessions
Key Practice Area: Leadership Development

2013 EHS Forum - Interactive Discussion Sessions

Oct. 23-25, 2013

If you're looking for new ideas to improve efficiency, manage risk or advance sustainability, you'll find inspiration through the interactive discussions and peer case studies the Forum delivers.


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Leading EHS Organizations - The Look, The Feel, The Challenge

Traditional EHS organizations tend to operate in the conventional world of internally driven metrics. But "high-performing" companies manage their EHS programs from a much wider organizational culture, process and data perspective. The objective of this interactive session is to discuss best practices and emerging trends within EHS that could be adopted by attendees to improve EHS performance and drive down the road to becoming ‘world class'.Hear first from "leading" companies and then engage one another to learn how your organization should change for the future. Topics for discussion will be focused on key elements of EHS performance including EHS strategy, policy, and programs; sustainability; environmental performance; health and safety performance; and external reporting.

  • Phil McIntyre, Director of Business Development; Milliken & Co.
  • Dan Wesolowski, Director, Global Environment, Health, and Safety; Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC

Facilitated by: Chris Milici, Director of EHS; John Crane Group

Mock Case Study: Staying Cool Under Legal Pressure: Preparing Your Organization for the Phase out of R22

Attend this interactive enactment of a company's efforts to prepare for the phase out of banned refrigerant R22. Through the scenario enactment, attendees will be able to explore the different concerns and stakeholders that will need to be addressed to meet this important regulatory requirement and continue business operations.

  • Heather Foran, Assistant General Counsel, Ethics & Compliance; Ingersoll-Rand Inc.
  • Judi Kovacs, Vice President EHS & Corporate Supplier Social Responsibility Programs; NBCUniversal Inc.

Facilitated by: Gretchen Digby, CSM, Director, Global Education Initiatives;Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability; Ingersoll-Rand Inc.

Exploring the Future: What is Beyond "Sustainability" as we Currently Know it?

Leading businesses have been implementing and advancing sustainability programs for almost two decades so what is the collective impact of this effort? What does the future look like? Attend this lively session and explore the question, What is beyond sustainability as we currently know it? As a corporate leader, what macro forces will impact our world and our companies and how do we stay ahead of these? Attendees will explore emerging ideas like the golden triangle the blurring of the profit and nonprofit boundary and the idea of conscious capitalism. Come to this session and leave with big ideas that might lead to transformational thinking for your own organization.

  • Javier Rodriguez Merino,Global Senior Director, Sustainability Marketing; The Coca-Cola Co.
  • Michael Muyot, President & Founder; CRD Analytics
Facilitated by: Samir Pathak, Environment and Sustainability Manager; The Coca-Cola Co.

Speaker Bios

Phil McIntyre, Director of Business Development; Milliken & Co.
Phil’s career in both business leadership and manufacturing make him the right person to direct the business development efforts of the Milliken Performance Solutions Business. Phil successfully worked with and led several business units within Milliken & Company to profitable growth and financial sustainability. Prior to his business leadership roles, Phil led the Performance Products Division Milliken Performance System implementation, was Director of Cost Improvement where he was responsible for strategic cost reduction efforts, and also spent time as the Pursuit of Excellence Director responsible for integrating customer needs (and wants) with manufacturing and business capability.

Early in his career, Phil worked in four different manufacturing locations for Milliken & Company holding 5 different positions ranging from quality to production to cost. Phil credits this early diversity in job responsibility and scope as the beginning of his in-depth knowledge of continuous improvement, his appreciation for sustainable, empowered safety processes and systems, and the criticality of establishing the right financial metrics to drive the right behavior.

Phil holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University and a Masters of Business Administration from Wake Forest University.

Dan Wesolowski, Director, Global Environment, Health, and Safety; Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC
As Director, Global Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS), Dan is responsible for management of the Corporate EHS group and programs, as well as oversight for the EHS function worldwide. After serving several EHS positions in coal-fired utilities, government (DoD), and consulting, Dan joined the Corporate Environmental Affairs group of Westinghouse Electric Corporation in 1989, where he served in a variety of roles in support of EHS compliance, sustainability and risk management for worldwide facilities.

Dan was retained with the nuclear energy businesses of Westinghouse Electric Company with its divestiture in 1998, and has served a variety of plant and corporate roles. He spent two years in Westinghouse's continual improvement program, becoming a certified Customer 1st Leader, while solving a variety of complex issues in manufacturing and service operations.

Dan joined the Corporate EHS group in 2010 as Manager, Global Environment. He then led the EHS transformation initiative that is focused on aligning worldwide EHS activities for Westinghouse. He was promoted to his current position as Director with the reorganization of the center EHS organization in 2012.

Dan is a registered professional engineer and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering.

Gretchen Digby, CSM, Director, Global Education Initiatives; Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability, Ingersol-Rand Inc.
Gretchen Digby is the Director of Global Education & Engagement for the Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand. In this role, Digby has established world-class internal and external energy efficiency and sustainability training curriculum for the company's 47,000 employees and led global employee engagement activities to further integrate sustainability into the company culture. She also oversees the company's volunteer employee global Green Teams, an initiative that has aided reductions in the company's overall environmental footprint, improved overall employee engagement scores, and increased recognition in communities where they operate.

Ms. Digby joined Ingersoll Rand in 2001 as manager of safety and health engineering for the enterprise. She has managed the global EHS compliance audit program for more than 300 facilities. Prior to joining Ingersoll Rand, Ms. Digby worked for Capsule Environmental Engineering, where she developed Ingersoll Rand's corporate safety audit program. She began her career in manufacturing with Milliken & Company as Engineering Services Manager. Ms. Digby has been an active member of NAEM. She spoke at NAEM's 2012 EHS Management Forum and is currently a member of the 2013 EHS Management Forum Committee.

She holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University

Heather Foran, Assistant General Counsel, Ethics & Compliance; Ingersoll-Rand Inc.
Heather Foran is currently the Assistant General Counsel for Ethics and Compliance at Ingersoll-Rand plc. In this position, Ms. Foran is responsible for handling global environmental compliance matters in addition to conducting internal investigation and providing training and guidance on general Ethics and Compliance matters. Heather is also responsible for drafting and enforcing Ingersoll-Rand plc's document retention policy and procedures. Ms. Foran was previously Assistant General Counsel for Litigation at Ingersoll-Rand and focused on managing the company's commerical litigation docket.

Prior to joining Ingersoll-Rand plc, Ms. Foran was a senior associate in the New Jersey office of Latham & Watkins where her practice focused on complex environmental litigation, as well as permitting and compliance issues. At Latham & Watkins, Ms. Foran represented major corporations in New Jersey Spill Act and Superfund litigation, including contractual and statutory indemnification proceedings.

While at Boston University School of Law, Ms. Foran interned with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1 working on Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act permitting, in addition to Brownfields redevelopment projects. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Foran worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Executive Office of Environmental Affairs as a Program Coordinator. As a Program Coordinator, Ms. Ford worked on the roll out of Massachusetts' Watershed Initiative. Her work on the Initiative included regional planning, permitting and policy planning based on a watershed model.

Heather recieved her J.D. from Boston University and her Bacheror's from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Judi Kovacs, Vice President EHS & Corporate Supplier Social Responsibility Programs; NBCUniversal Inc.
Judi Kovacs has 27 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, Ground Systems Group, and Chemical Waste Management over a span on 6 years. She then moved her career into consulting where she worked for 12 years at two consulting firms; first at ENSR Consulting and Engineering, and later at Haley & Aldrich, Inc.

Judi joined NBCUniversal in June 2004 as the 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 took on leading Corporate EHS programs, digitization and Compliance Assurance for the entire business. In 2011, Judi's role expanded broadly when she assumed global responsibility for the Corporate Supplier Social Responsibility (CSSR) Program.

Judi received a BS from University of California, Los Angeles in Biology and Kinesiology, 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 and also has a certification in environmental auditing (CPEA) by the Board of Environmental Auditors.

Javier Rodriguez Merino, Senior Director, Sustainability Marketing; The Coca-Cola Co.
Javier Rodriguez, a Spanish citizen, has been a “marketer” for The Coca-Cola Co. for 14 years. Based in Atlanta, Javier leads the Company sustainability strategy and communication, with specific responsibility for the definition and development of sustainable brand strategies, and the development of The Coca-Cola Company leadership sustainability platform. Javier works closely with the Marketing team and with the Technical and Public Affairs functions.

Javier joined the Coca-Cola Company in Mexico in 1998 where he developed a multidisciplinary expertise in all relevant marketing fields. He led the launch of brands such as Disney juices and flavoured milks, Coca-Cola Zero in Mexico, and implemented a back to growth Coca-Cola 3-year marketing strategy across LatAm.

From 2008 to 2010, he moved back to Europe where he was director of Sparkling Beverages, he developed a long-term growth strategy for Sparkling brands and implemented an European marketing collaboration model.

Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Co., Javier worked for 7 years in Danone both in Mexico and in New York, where he led the development of the kids segment, successfully managing yogurt brands such as Danonino and Danimals, among others. Javier holds an AB from Anahuac University in Communication with specialty in Advertising and TV.

Michael Muyot, President & Founder; CRD Analytics
Michael is an acknowledged leader in Sustainable Investment Analytics and Innovative Algorithms. Michael has developed a unique set of tools that are helping to build the industry. He designed the SmartView 360 Platform, which powers sustainability indexes, rankings and research reports; including the NASDAQ CRD Global Sustainability Index (NASDAQ: QCRD), the Sustainability Leadership Report and the Southeastern Corporate Sustainability Rankings.

Michael Muyot was the executive producer of the SmartView 360 Roundtable on Sustainable Investing in May 2010 hosted at the NASDAQ MarketSite. Michael brought together global thought leaders to “Crack the Code” of accelerating Sustainable Investing in the United States, culminating with the Global Reporting Initiative's Vice Chairman of the Board Sean Harrigan ringing the Closing Bell.

Michael was chosen by Ford Motors to provide his Forward-thinking Perspective for their 2010/11 Sustainability report,

Michael is an Advisory Board Member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Boards' (SASB) and is part of their Financial Services Industry Working Group.

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