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Key Practice Area - Leadership Development - 2017 EHS Management Forum - 2nd Annual NAEM IGNITE Powe
Key Practice Area: Leadership Development

2017 Forum - 2nd Annual NAEM IGNITE Power Hour

October 26, 2017

IGNITE is a series of speedy presentations. Presenters get 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds. The result is a fast and fun presentation which lasts just 5 minutes.

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.


Download the “2nd Annual NAEM IGNITE Power Hour” keynote presentation from NAEM's 2017 EHS Management Forum. This content is available to NAEM members only; you must be logged in as a member to view it. If you are not an NAEM member and wish to join the Association, please contact NAEM at


Keynote Session - 2nd Annual NAEM IGNITE Power Hour
Imagine ten topics from ten experts in less than sixty minutes. Back by popular demand, NAEM is excited to announce that we’ll be continuing the IGNITE power hour that kicked off to rave reviews at the 2016 Denver Forum. Attend this curiously fast-paced, peer-led session and experience a new kind of event; one that will have you at the edge of your seat with innovative ideas, lessons learned and how-to information straight from your peers. Listen as EHS&S leaders present informative and engaging material in a high energy, 5-minute Ignite format. Some presentations will be EHSS related, others may just be fun topics that will illustrate the Ignite concept. Your imagination will run wild as you think of various ways that you could make use of the Ignite concept in your workplace and training. So prepare to be entertained and intrigued for the entire session! Then brainstorm on how best to apply this useful tool back at work!

  • Kristen Duda, Vice President of Strategic Alliances; Intelex Technologies Inc.
  • Margaret Enos, Product Stewardship Manager; Baxter Healthcare Corporation
  • Drena Howard, Director, Global Retail Environmental Affairs & Safety; The Estee Lauder Co.'s Inc.
  • Dennis Hu, Director EHS and SSE; Ball Aerospace
  • Melissa Koob, Vice President; Tetra Tech Inc.
  • Carol Singer Neuvelt, Executive Director; NAEM
  • Gretchen Digby Norwood, Founding Partner; Future Partners LLC
  • Paul Robbertz, Senior Director, Environmental Health and Safety; DanoneWave
  • David Williams, Director, Environment and Sustainability; Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
  • Deborah Briggs, Director Environment, Health, Safety & Security; Polaris Industries Inc.

Speaker Bio

Kristen Duda, Vice President of Strategic Alliances; Intelex Technologies Inc.
Kristen brings more than 13 years of experience in environmental, health and safety management consulting to Intelex. As a professional engineer, she has hands-on experience implementing environmental compliance programs and strategies for large, multinational manufacturing corporations and defense agencies. Most recently, she served as Vice President with CH2M, a global engineering and consulting firm. While at CH2M, Kristen was responsible for spearheading highly successful environmental sales strategies, which led to double digit growth in the EHS consulting and information management practices, as well as industrial market verticals. Kristen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Margaret Enos, Product Stewardship Manager; Baxter Healthcare Corporation
Margaret Enos is the Manager of Product Stewardship for Corporate EHS & Sustainability at Baxter International Inc. She helps Baxter manage and improve product sustainability performance and conducts life cycle assessment projects to quantify the environmental profiles of products and therapies. Prior to joining Baxter in 2012, Margaret was a sustainability consultant at thinkstep, where she was responsible for life cycle assessment projects and enterprise sustainability software implementation projects for a variety of industries. She holds a Master of Environmental Science and Management from UC Santa Barbara and a B.A. in Geography/ Environmental Studies from UCLA.

Drena Howard, Director, Global Retail Environmental Affairs & Safety; The Estee Lauder Co.'s Inc.
Drena Howard is the Director of Global Retail Environmental Affairs and Safety at The Estée Lauder Companies. She leads EHS training, education and communication initiatives for the ever- growing global retail channel. "I have the challenge of making safety-sexy", she says.

Drena's diverse experience includes international auditing, industrial hygiene, ergonomics, hazardous waste management, shipping, and sustainability. She is a Certified Safety Professional and holds a Master of Environmental Management and Master of Public Health from Yale University. In 2014, she was awarded the 'Rising Star of Safety' by the National Safety Council.

Dennis Hu, Director EHS and SSE; Ball Aerospace
As Director of EHS and SSE, Dennis is responsible for all environmental, health, and safety matters for Ball Aerospace. This includes regulatory compliance, occupational safety, permitting, emergency response, hardware system safety engineering, EHS management systems, program development, sustainability, and external relationships.

Dennis has over 23 years of EHS and business experience and has used this background to help continue to drive program and process efficiency improvements in the aerospace industry. This includes a practical approach for risk-based management of issues with a focus on increasing EHS compliance and improving EHS culture while reducing operational costs. He has a proven track record of building and leading diverse and collaborative multi-functional teams to success while helping to establish the value proposition of EHS within the business.

Prior to joining Ball Aerospace, Dennis served in leadership roles in the consulting, chemical, and oil and gas industries working for multinational companies, both domestically and abroad, with a focus on helping companies solve complex EHS and regulatory issues.

Dennis has an MBA, with distinction, from New York University's Stern School of Business with specializations in Finance, Change Management and Social Impact and Innovation and a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and Public Policy from Washington University's School of Engineering and Applied Science in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dennis currently serves as board chair on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Pollution Prevention Advisory Board, appointed by Governor John W. Hickenlooper. He also sits on the Executive External Advisory Panel of the Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center for Health, Work and Environment with the Colorado School of Public Health and serves as a board member for the Denver Ronald McDonald House Charities. Dennis has been a guest speaker at numerous professional and charitable events covering topics such as EHS leadership, managing organizational change, EHS culture, strategic planning, technical EHS issues and charitable giving

Melissa Koob, Vice President; Tetra Tech Inc.
Melissa Koob is Vice President for Tetra Tech, Inc. For the past eighteen years, Melissa has served a variety of commercial clients with their environmental compliance needs - including strategy development, system implementation and global auditing programs. She is an active member of NAEM’s Affiliate Council and a serial multi-tasker.

Paul Robbertz, Senior Director, Environmental Health and Safety; DanoneWave
Paul Robbertz serves as Senior Director, Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) for DanoneWave. Paul is a vital component to the company's senior leadership in critical EHS performance areas. His responsibilities include leading EHS operations, management systems, strategic planning and resource deployment.

In addition, Paul is instrumental in managing company risks that affect business growth and short/long term liability. He also manages the advocacy and implementation process for new legislation regulations and emerging trends.

Paul's 25+ year career in EHS and Sustainability affairs spans numerous industries including paper, medical device, chemicals and mail stream solutions and services. Prior to joining WhiteWave Foods, he served as Vice President, Environment Health and Safety for the Gates Corporation, VP EHS for Pitney Bowes; Director of EHS Audits and Compliance for Chemutra Corporation; and Global EHS Product and Operations Leader for The Dow Chemical Company.

Robbertz is an active member of the National Association for Environmental Management and US Food & Beverage EHS Network. He chaired the DMA Committee for Environmental & Social Responsibility, served on the Board of the Massachusetts Chemical and Technology Alliance and held leadership roles on The Environmental Roundtable and other industry consortia.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts and a Master in Business Administration from Suffolk University in Massachusetts.

Paul and his wife Anna, reside in Cherry Creek, Denver.

David Williams, Director, Environment and Sustainability; Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
Every business, organization and senior leader faces a challenge to deliver today's commitments while also continuously improving - the "Run the Business, Change the Business” paradox. David's specialty is helping businesses meet today's challenges while doing the right things to be better tomorrow. He combines his environment, health and safety (EHS) leadership experience with expertise in Operational Excellence and information technology to deliver lasting value and change. David is skilled in utilizing Agile, Lean, Six Sigma and Management Systems as powerful approaches to guide the problem-solving process.

In his current role as the Director of Environment and Sustainability for Teva Pharmaceuticals, David has global responsibility for program and project management across a network of over 85 operating locations. Currently, his focus is on leading global programs for wastewater, pharmaceuticals in the environment and regulatory compliance management.

David is a member of the NAEM Board of Directors. He has participted on the NAEM EHS Forum annual planning committee the past three years.

Outside of work David enjoys spending time with his wife, two grown daughters and their dog, a Havanese. He is a motorcycling and alpine skiing enthusiast and when not out on two wheels or sliding down a mountain he can be found on a small stream fly-fishing for trout.

Deborah Briggs, Director Environment, Health, Safety & Security; Polaris Industries Inc.
Deborah Briggs is the Corporate Director, Environment, Health, Safety and Security, for Polaris Industries. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.

Deborah joined Polaris to the lead the organizations EHS&S efforts in 2015. Prior to joining the Polaris team, she spent 21 years working for Cargill, Incorporated. Throughout her career she has worked across many disciplines including Quality Assurance, Production Supervision, Integration Management, Strategic Business Development and EHS Leadership.

She received her Bachelor's degree from Indiana University with a double major in Biology and Environmental Science and holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from St Thomas University. Deborah also maintains her board certification in safety and certification in advanced project management.

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