NexGen Leaders Awards

NAEM NexGen Leaders Awards recognize rising environment, health and safety, and sustainability (EHS&S) managers who possess the talent and skills required for the next generation of EHS&S industry leadership. See past award recipients here.


  • High-potential corporate professional with a minimum of 5 years' experience in the fields of environment health & safety and/or sustainability.
  • Recognized as an emerging EHS&S leader within their organization.
  • Demonstrated results within area of responsibility.
  • Proven decision-making and/or problem-solving ability.
  • Dedication to professional development.
  • Commitment to the EHS&S profession.
  • Nominees need not be members of NAEM.

Submission Requirements

  • Any corporate industry professional who is a supervisor/mentor of person being nominated; or, a company executive where person being nominated is employed
  • Nominators may nominate more than one individual — a separate form is required for each nominee.
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted.
  • Nominators need not be members of NAEM.
  • Individuals who sit on NAEM's Board of Directors or Board of Regents are not eligible to be nominated.

Required Documents

  • The nomination form must be completed.
*Incomplete forms will not be considered.


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Past Award Recipients

Congratulations to these rising EHS&S leaders!

2019 Award Recipients

Cynthia DiMeglio
Cynthia DiMeglio
Lockheed Martin, Rotary & Mission Systems
ESH Senior Manager
Ivan Marquez
Ivan Marquez
Regional EHS Manager
Jennifer Pippin
Jennifer Pippin
EHS Manager
Rudolfo von Borstel

Rudolfo F. von Borstel
Regional Environment Director for Latin America

The 2019 NexGen Leaders Awards were sponsored by Apex Companies, Brown and Caldwell, Jacobs and Sphera.

2018 Award Recipients

Budd Batchelder
Comcast Cable
Senior EHS Manager
Lesley Clarke
Walker Industries
Environmental Performance & Compliance Lead
Janet Evans
CF Industries
Process Safety Manager
Drena Howard
Drena Howard
The Estée Lauder Companies
Director, Global Retail Environmental Affairs & Safety
Max Rutz
Max Rutz
Delta Global Services
Managing Director for Safety Strategy, Optimization & Compliance
Rachel Warman
Schneider Electric
Environmental Programs Manager

The 2018 NexGen Leaders Awards were sponsored by AECOM.

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