Verdantix EHS Summit Americas 2019 Harnesses Peer-To-Peer Conversations On The Future Of EHS Technology
Over 190 EHS executives from a range of industries and firms—including Amazon, Birla Carbon, the Campbell Institute of the National Safety Council, Cardinal Health, CBS Corporation, Comcast Cable, Delta Air Lines, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles, Flowers Foods, Marriott Vacations Worldwide, and Solvay Specialty Polymers, among many others—along with representatives of EHS technology and service vendors came to Atlanta on September 24 and 25 to attend the eighth Verdantix EHS Summit. Participants spent two days learning from one another and discussing the growing role of multi-functional software and innovative hardware within effective EHS management, and letting off some steam with an exhilarating Porsche 911 racetrack experience at the Porsche Center Atlanta.
The Summit agenda provided a broad outlook on the opportunities and challenges of implementing EHS technological tools within corporate settings. Starting from the Day One keynote, “Technology Turmoil or Tranquility?,” delivered by Robert Sheninger, Vice President Health, Safety, Environment (HSE) and Sustainability at Talos Energy, and running through the Day Two workshops for customers and vendors in the EHS software market, participants heard from panel speakers, attended best practices workshops, shared their perspectives within focus groups, and asked questions of one another during peer-to-peer exchanges. Summit sessions, informal networking, and the gala dinner and awards ceremony for the 2019 International EHS Innovation Awards—located at Atlanta’s Porsche Experience Center—provided numerous occasions for professional collaboration and knowledge sharing.
One of the important themes during the Verdantix EHS Summit Americas was the value of ongoing interaction between corporate buyers and technology vendors to continue enhancing EHS tools for their on-the-ground usability. The Atlanta event marked the launch of Summit focus groups, during which vendors asked EHS managers about their emerging needs and programmatic priorities. Throughout all Summit sessions, speakers addressed the role of collaboration within the marketplace to align various technologies and their functionalities with firms’ EHS use cases. For example, in separate workshops—Pamala Bobbitt, Vice President of Product Marketing at Cority, along with Sara Pasqualoni, Medical Director at Los Alamos National Laboratory; and Donavan Hornsby, Vice President and Corporate Strategy Executive at Gensuite, along with John Novotny, Director of Global Environment and Sustainability at Corning Incorporated—presented their experiences utilizing EHS software platforms to leverage firms’ digital transformation, drive operational excellence and engage various stakeholders.
Another important theme of the Summit was the diversity of EHS technology across firms—in terms of the range of software and hardware technologies being developed and deployed, the ways that EHS managers are using technologies, and the wide-ranging extent of digitization within industries. Panellists and speakers discussed these topics and audience members’ questions and their responses to our live polls demonstrated the assorted viewpoints around the room. Repeatedly, attendees told us that the importance of the event was not only learning what they could pursue on the EHS technology front but also hearing their peers’ strategies, experiences, successes and challenges in implementing new solutions.
“The 2019 Verdantix Summit in Atlanta was the first I had attended. I was thoroughly impressed by the quality of the content and the seniority of technology experts from vendors. It was valuable to spend two days with my peer group.” – David Templeman, Vice President of EHS, CBS Corporation
At Verdantix, we recognize the opportunity to bring together professionals from throughout the EHS technology community—from long-term corporate EHS directors, to managers just getting started, IT developers, safety specialists at non-profit organizations, representatives of EHS service providers, technology vendors, and everyone in between. We are excited about the success of the EHS Summit Americas 2019 and look forward to our upcoming events!
To view the highlights of the event and to find out what attendees thought, view our EHS Americas Summit 2019 video here. To learn more about our next EHS Summit, visit the HSE & OPEX Innovation Summit EMEA 2020 page of our website and make your plans for March 2-4, 2020, at the Tottenham Hotspur FC Stadium in London!