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NAEM Chapter - New England - NAEM & SEF Presents: EHS Career Profiles & COP21
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NAEM & SEF Presents: EHS Career Profiles & COP21

NAEM & SEF Presents: EHS Career Profiles & COP21

Wednesday March 2, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Location: Massachusetts Biotechnology Council

For the first time ever, the MassBio SEF team will be hosting a joint event with the New England Chapter of the National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM), the premier organization for leading EHS and Sustainability professionals.

Part one of the event will begin with a presentation from NAEM exploring “EHS Career Profiles and Skill for Success.” The report will include:

  • Core competencies, attributes and responsibilities for EHS professionals at different stages of their career.
  • Analysis of job titles, years of experience, salaries, educational background and skills.

Whether you're planning your own development or your organization's development, this is valuable information drawn from over 350 in-house EHS and Sustainability professionals.

After the Career Profiles presentation, panelists will shift gears and lead a lively discussion on the experience at COP21 and the aftermath. Panelists who participated directly on the front lines at the Paris event will share their perspectives on:

  • What strategies worked (and what didn't).
  • The impact on short and long term planning for companies.
  • How EHS/Facilities/Sustainability professionals can contribute.


  • Anne Kelly, Senior Program Director, Policy and BICEP Program; CERES
  • Asheen Phansey, Senior Manager, Sustainable Innovation Lab; Dassault Systemes S.A.
  • Elizabeth Ryan, Manager, Interactive Media and Communications; NAEM


  • Johanna C. Jobin, Director of Global Sustainability; Biogen Inc.
  • Betsy Parsons, Manager, EHS; Biogen Inc.

Speaker Biographies

Johanna C. Jobin, Director of Global Sustainability; Biogen Inc.

Johanna C. Jobin

As Biogen's new Director of Sustainability, Johanna will work to promote the company's culture and vision on corporate citizenship by helping to implement global environmental sustainability programs and initiatives, such as improving product life cycle impacts to waste reductions, as well as driving employee and stakeholder engagement. She is also responsible for the corporate citizenship reporting and carbon neutrality strategy.

As the former Head of Corporate Responsibility & Community Affairs of EMD Millipore, the life science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, Ms. Jobin led their corporate responsibility efforts, including the vision and strategic direction for environmental and social responsibility. Her responsibilities centered around strengthening the organization's business performance by embedding sustainability into key business practices and overall culture. Key programs she managed and supported included greenhouse gas management and energy, Design for Sustainability, community engagement, and access to health and shared value initiatives.

Prior to joining the former Millipore Corporation in 2008, she served as a Management Consultant, working with public and private sector clients in developing and implementing EHS and sustainability management systems. She received her Master of Environmental Management degree, with a certificate in Energy and Environment, from Duke University and is also an ISO 14001 trained auditor.

She is involved in a number of sustainability related organizations, and is currently a Board member of the National Association for EHS & Sustainability Management (NAEM), Co-Chair of the Association Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) Sustainability Roundtable, and on the Advisory Board for the Center for Sustainability in Business at WPI and Advisory Committee Member for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Marine Safety and Environmental Protection. She also serves on the City of Cambridge Climate Protection Action Committee and is a Board member of “e” inc., an organization focused on environmental and STEM education for children. She's a regular volunteer in the community for organizations such as Read to a Child and Habitat for Humanity.

Betsy Parsons, Manager, EHS; Biogen Inc.

As Biogen’s Associate Director of EHS, Betsy is the Site Lead and primary point of contact for EHS+S in Cambridge. Betsy has over 15 years of experience in EHS in biotech and pharma previously working for Merck, Schering-Plough, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Betsy is also an active member of the EHS community outside of Biogen, where she is a board member for the New England Biosafety Association and co-chair of the Mass Biotechnology Council’s Safety, Environmental, and Facilities Working Group. She has a degree in Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Toxicology and her MBA from Clarkson University.

Anne Kelly, Senior Program Director, Policy and BICEP Program; CERES

Anne Kelley

Anne L. Kelly is Senior Director of the Policy Program at Ceres, a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to mobilize investor and business leadership to build a more sustainable global economy. Anne also directs Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP), a coalition of 38 leading consumer-facing companies including Nike, Starbucks and eBay seeking to advocate for meaningful climate and energy policy at the federal level. She is a registered lobbyist and is actively engaged on Capitol Hill on behalf of Ceres and BICEP member companies.

Asheen Phansey, Senior Manager, Sustainable Innovation Lab; Dassault Systemes S.A.

Asheen Phansey

Asheen has been a corporate sustainability leader at Dassault Systèmes since 2010 in roles serving as sustainability product manager for the SOLIDWORKS brand, global head of its Sustainable Innovation Lab, and now Solution Experience Senior Manager for Sustainability for its High Tech industry. Dassault Systèmes is a $3B scientific company that provides business and people with 3D EXPERIENCE universes to imagine sustainable innovations capable of harmonizing product, nature, and life.

Asheen’s expertise in sustainable innovation builds on his years in the biotech and aerospace industries. He is on faculty at Babson College, where his innovative curricula have received press in BusinessWeek and The Economist, and at Harvard University, and is ranked as one of the top 10 most influential social media thought leaders in corporate sustainability (twitter: @asheen).

In his ample remaining spare time, Asheen enjoys learning languages (he’s working on his fourth), running, networking with and mentoring sustainability professionals, and chasing after his young kids. Asheen holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, an MBA from Babson College, and a certificate in bio-inspired design from the Biomimicry Institute.​

Elizabeth Ryan, Manager, Interactive Media and Communications; NAEM

Elizabeth Ryan

As editor of NAEM's research and publications, Elizabeth directs the association's research program, produces multimedia content for the Association's website, manages its GreenTie blog and moderates activity in its social media networks. Prior to joining NAEM, she leveraged market research for strategic insights as a brand planner for advertising and reported long-form investigative features as a journalist. She holds a MSJ from Northwestern University.

Thanks to our hosts, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council

Please contact Johanna Jobin, NAEM's New England Chapter President at

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