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NAEM Webinar - Motivation and Management: Becoming a World Class EHS Leader
NAEM Webinar

NAEM Web Seminars are an easy and cost-effective way to share a learning experience with your colleagues. With one registration you can gather your entire EHS team around a computer or projector screen to collectively participate and brainstorm ideas.

Motivation and Management: Becoming a World Class EHS Leader

Motivation and Management: Becoming a World Class EHS Leader

Tuesday September 26, 2006
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Are you seeking new ways to demonstrate your leadership or motivate your staff?

Hear the personal perspectives of two world-class EHS managers on key skills and knowledge areas necessary for advancement and learn insights on how to motivate your team and yourself!

Take advantage of this easily accessible high-value learning format. This is your chance to learn from two of the most successful leaders in the EHS profession today! Hear how they motivate, manage and inspire excellence in their organizations and with their staff in this 60-minute online web seminar.

Managing and leading are two fundamental components of success. This session is guaranteed to provide you with:

  • A proven, practical checklist of leadership skills, attributes and knowledge areas that every EHS manager should develop as they work to advance themselves and their organizations.
  • An examination of how strong management and leadership skills add value to the business
  • A powerful vision for inspiring and encouraging you and coworkers towards EHS excellence.
  • An applicable and achievable management approach for creating a positive environment that makes people excited to come to work in the mornings and eager to set and reach their professional goals!

With no travel time or expense, be sure to take advantage of this high impact use of your training time and money! Register today to learn from two of the best and brightest in the field. Encourage your staff and “high potentials” to attend with you.


  • Wayne S. Balta, Vice President, Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety at IBM Corporation
  • Alex Pollock, Director of EH&S Expertise at Dow Chemicals

Speaker Biographies:

Wayne Balta

Wayne Balta

Wayne S. Balta has global responsibility for environmental affairs, energy efficiency, chemical management and toxicology, as well as product safety and related hardware compliance functions.

He joined IBM in 1984 as project manager for design and construction in the real estate and construction division. In 1989, he became assistant to the corporate vice president in charge of real estate. He entered the environmental arena in 1990, becoming responsible for IBM’s corporate environmental plans and strategy. In 1992, he became Director of Corporate Environmental Affairs. He became Vice President of Corporate Environmental Affairs & Product Safety in 2001.

Mr. Balta serves on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Institute and as Vice Chairman of the Board of the World Environment Center. He is a member and past Chairman of The Conference Board's Chief Environment, Health & Safety Officers Council. In addition, he is a member of the President's Advisory Board for Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University as well as the Dean's Advisory Council for the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. In addition to Mr. Balta’s many roles in the EHS Community, NAEM has also sought his insight and authority to support the ongoing development of an in-depth leadership curriculum for its members.

"In his presentation, Mr. Balta will discuss the Top 10 skills and disciplines Corporate EHS Leaders should develop, as well as the Top 10 pieces of advice he would give EHS professionals as they strive to become stronger leaders."

Alex Pollock

Alex Pollock

Alex F. Pollock is Director of EH&S Expertise at Dow Chemicals. In his role he has responsibility for Industrial Hygiene, Personal Safety, Auditing and EH&S Systems Services.

Mr. Pollock was born in Hamilton, Scotland. He received a Higher National Certificate in Chemistry from Coatbridge Technical College, Scotland, in 1972; an honour BSc in Applied Chemistry from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 1976; and a M. Eng. Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, in 1980. He is certified by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene and is a Registered Occupational Hygienist in Canada. He is a chartered chemist in the Province of Ontario.

During his 30 years at Dow he has had roles in Research & Development, Industrial Hygiene, Public Relations, Regulatory Affairs and Environmental Operations. In December 1994, he was named Director of Environment, Health and Safety Services for Michigan Operations. In 1997, he was named Change Management Leader to help lead the EH&S functions re-engineering initiative. In 2000 his responsibilities were extended to include leading the merger of the Dow and Union Carbide EH&S organizations. In 2001, he assumed the role of Global Director of EH&S Operations. He assumed his most recent position in April 2004.

In 2006 Pollock was awarded the Genesis Award which recognizes Dow employees around the world who have demonstrated exceptional people development skills.

Pollock and his wife Elizabeth have two children – Heather and Scott, both married, who live in Maryland and Indiana respectively.

"Mr. Pollocks' presentation will center around the theme of "Loving Mondays...Only a Dream?" He will speak directly about what conditions make a great workplace, how to engage your empolyees and how to to increase your effectiveness as an EHS Leader. "

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