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Key Practice Area - Global EHS - 2017 EHS Management Forum: Deep Dives, Facilitated Discussions, and
Key Practice Area: Global EHS

2017 EHS Forum - Deep Dives, Facilitated Discussions, and Exploratory Topics

Oct. 25-27, 2017

Offering a variety of types of content and exploring topics that we don’t always cover, these sessions will offer something new and different. Some are linked to other sessions on the program and will offer additional information or new perspectives. Some are emerging issues or timely topics and some offer a deeper dive or micro-training on a core issue.

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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Presentation and Discussion - Leveraging EHS Technology Trends... and Avoiding Risks
Learn how to improve project success rates involving advanced technologies in EHS programs, as well as how to risk-proof EHS investments in our fast changing and unpredictable technology world. Get insights on the Private Equity Investments Activity & Trends in the EHS space and where EHS technology investments are going. Following the presentation, share your feedback on how you are leveraging technology, what's working (or not working) and what you'd like investors to fund in terms of future developments.

  • Manish Sood, Advisor & Management Affiliate; MidOcean Partners Private Equity

Exploratory Topic Primer - Business Continuity in the event of a Black Sky Hazard
A Black Sky Hazard is a catastrophic event that severely disrupts the normal functioning of our critical infrastructures in multiple regions for long durations. This presentation will discuss efforts to ensure resilience in the event of a major, long duration power outage, often referred to as a Black Sky Hazard occurrence. Presented by Dave Maxwell, a nationally recognized emergency manager, this presentation and facilitated discussion will introduce you to strategies and projects that can help you and your organization develop and implement cost effective, loss avoidance and risk management measures for this type of event. Come away with an understanding of who is working on this issue, including the work of the EIS council, resources you can access to support your planning and a check list for getting started with this component of your resiliency and business continuity planning.

  • David Maxwell, Non-Government Organization Sector Coordinator; Electric Infrastructure Security Council

Presentation and Discussion - Global EHS&S Talent and Job Market Trends
Attend this interactive session to learn about sourcing international EHS&S professionals, and how to successfully evaluate their skills. Discussions will include a review of the recently-released INSHPO “OHS Professional Capability Framework” – a guideline document that has been developed from information provided by over 50 professional EHS&S bodies across 3 continents. Data from NAEM's 2017 Salary Benchmark Report will also be presented in this session, along with further information about global talent trends.

  • Sam Chappell, Director & Co-Founder; Shirley Parsons
  • Taylor Gelsinger, Manager of Research and Analytics; NAEM

Roundtable Discussion - Climate Risk Management
Join the discussion to talk about what your company is doing to integrate climate risk planning and mitigation into your operations, how you are approaching this in your public reporting and hear what others are doing on these topics.

  • Michelle Redfield, Director, Safety, Environment & Process Improvement, Global Supply Chain; Schneider Electric SE
  • Louis Christopher, Sustainability Specialist Energy & Sustainability Services; Schneider Electric SE

Training Session - Safety Investigation Approaches and Root Cause Analysis
For a deeper dive into safety investigation practices and how to perform root cause analysis, attend this training session. Taught by Susan Roche Hendrix, who leads training on this subject for FujiFilm, this session is excellent for anyone needing a primer on different safety investigating approaches and root cause analysis techniques. Learn about the importance of defining the problem correctly, techniques for gathering evidence, then selecting the correct root cause analysis tool (s). Don't use a "screwdriver" when a "hammer" is needed, and understand that sometimes you may need both.

  • Susan Roche Hendrix, Senior Manager, EHS; Fujifilm Manufacturing U.S.A. Inc.

Speaker Bios

Manish Sood, Advisor & Management Affiliate; MidOcean Partners Private Equity
Manish is a private equity affiliate at MidOcean Partners, a NYC based firm with approxinmately $4 billion under management. In that role, he designs investment strategies in data, analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven businesses in select areas including the EHS & Sustainability (EHS&S) area. He helps lead EHS&S industry research efforts, speaks with a number of enterprise and government sector organizations to understand their changing EHS&S end user needs and new technology adoption trends, engages with leading and emerging EHS tech and services vendors, exchanges insights with EHS&S 3rd party research analyst firms as well as other EHS&S investors and partners in this space. Manish evaluates investment opportunities in specific companies, performs due diligence, and advises boards and management teams on improving their enterprise values. Along with MidOcean, he is the CEO & Chief Product Officer at Smart Data Science LLC and has years of hands-on practical experience leading AI/Big Data analytics/Geospatial/IIOT technology implementations in the EHS&S space.

David Maxwell, Non-Government Organization Sector Coordinator; Electric Infrastructure Security Council
Mr. David Maxwell currently is working for the Electric Infrastructure Security Council as a Sector Coordinator for the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) sector. In this role Mr. Maxwell will work to ensure the NGO Sector is prepared for a major outage on the electrical grids that could last days/weeks/months. The primary focus of this preparation will be on mass care.

Maxwell was appointed on June 30, 2006 as Director of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) and State Homeland Security Advisor. He served as ADEM's Deputy Director from March 2002 until this appointment. He had over 38 years of service with the agency, was the designated State Coordinating Officer for twenty-four federally declared disasters, one federally declared emergency and served three Governors when he retired June 30, 2016.

As Director, Maxwell chaired the Arkansas Homeland Security Executive Committee and served on the Arkansas Governor's Earthquake Advisory Council, State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), Arkansas Wireless Information Network (AWIN) Executive Committee, and Arkansas Tech Emergency Administration and Management Citizens Advisory Council. In October 2009, David served a one year term as 2010 President of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA). Mr. Maxwell served at various times as the chair of the NEMA Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) Committee, Preparedness Committee and Response and Recovery Committee, as well as, helping form and chairing a working group between NEMA and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). Additionally, David served on the Board of Directors of the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC), and was a member of the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association (NGA) Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council for which he chaired the Catastrophic Disaster and Preparedness Committee. In 2015, David was awarded the Lacy E. Suiter Distinguished Service Award by the National Emergency Management Association.

In 1978, he began his career in emergency management working in temporary housing for the State after major flooding in Little Rock, Arkansas, and was promoted to Planning Specialist in 1980. Later he advanced to ADEM's Plans and Operations Division Manager. In that capacity, he ensured the State Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and local jurisdictional plans were maintained and in compliance with state and federal guidelines. Mr. Maxwell led the division in its mission of coordinating state response and recovery operations, collaborating with federal and local governments, and volunteer agencies with disaster response or recovery responsibilities.

David Maxwell has a Master's Degree in Sociology from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas with a Bachelor's Degree from Arkansas Tech University. David and his wife Lauren reside in Conway, Arkansas.

Sam Chappell, Director & Co-Founder; Shirley Parsons
Sam is a founding director at Shirley Parsons – a global executive search, recruitment and staffing firm that specializes in the placement of EHS professionals. Sam spent a couple of years working from the company's UK office, before moving to Boston in 2014 to set up the North American HQ. He has worked with clients across a variety of sectors to source candidates of all levels – from safety graduates to global directors and vice presidents – and is uniquely positioned to provide insight on the subject of EHS talent attraction.

Taylor Gelsinger, Manager of Research and Analytics; NAEM
Taylor Gelsinger has been with NAEM since 2013. She executes NAEM's research program, specializing in a range of EHS and sustainability topics, including: compliance, environmental information management systems, corporate responsibility reporting, materiality, metrics and professional development. Taylor graduated with a Master of Environmental Management degree in environmental economics and policy from Duke University and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Oklahoma State University.

Susan Roche Hendrix, Senior Manager, EHS; Fujifilm Manufacturing U.S.A. Inc.
Susan Roche Hendrix is the Senior Manager of Environmental, Health, Safety and Quality Management Systems for Fujifilm Manufacturing USA, Inc. in Greenwood, SC, where she is responsible for the implementation, maintenance and continual improvement of an integrated environmental, safety, health and quality management system.

Mrs. Hendrix has over 30 years of experience in a manufacturing environment and has been with Fujifilm since 1991. In 2009, Ms. Hendrix assumed responsibility for the Health and Safety department, and in 2017 assumed responsibility for the Environmental and Regulatory department. She has led the efforts in improving the Safety Culture by leveraging her background in Quality Assurance with a strong emphasis in problem solving and continual improvement. She helped develop and implement an improvement methodology which integrates Six Sigma, Lean, Kaizen and Fujifilm internal methods into an overall business improvement strategy, and develops and delivers training programs to help support this strategy.

Since 2014, she has been involved in developing and implementing the Fujifilm FIT program that integrates Associate's wellness with safety for total Associate health. The CDC Healthy Worksite and Total Worker Health program have been used as guides in developing and implementing this program. It has been so successful in improving Associate's health, reducing the company's health care costs, and improving morale that it is being rolled out to all Fujifilm companies in North America.

She is an ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, ASQ Certified Quality Engineer and a PathWise Analytical Problem Solving Certified Trainer. She has a degree in Electronic Engineering from Piedmont Technical College, a degree in Organizational Management from Newberry College, is a member of the Newberry College Bachman Honor Society and is on the Newberry College Alumni Association Board of Managers.

She is a native of Newberry County and resides in Newberry with her husband of 35 years. She has three sons and four granddaughters and is a member of St. Marks Catholic Church.

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