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In-person summit | San Diego, CA — October, 17–18

EHS Summit North America
Leading Your Organization To Business Resilience

Join us for 2 days and gain the insights you need to be a change-maker!

EHS and operations functions around the world demonstrated their strategic value during the pandemic, but they now face a new focus as CEOs turn their attention to ensuring business resilience in a volatile operating environment, optimising performance and meeting ESG & Sustainability commitments.

This summit will gather 200+ EHS leaders and examine the main environmental, health and safety, and sustainability strategic priorities for organizations in 2023 and beyond.

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Carla Davis-Madgett

Former VP, EHS

Shell and Boeing

John Dony

VP, Workplace Safety

National Safety Council

Jennifer Dunaway

Director of Safety and Occupational Health

Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC), Southwest

Riad Efendi

Global Corporate HSE Manager


Tiffany Felix

Senior VP, EHS


Alvino Gani

Sr. Global Retail EHS Leader


Eric Knight

Global Head of EHS & Sustainability


Shameka Lewis

EHS Supply Chain Category Director

Kellogg Company

Nicole McDargh

VP, Safety & Loss Prevention


Prasad Narayana

EHS Lead


Dr Kane Nixon

Deputy Chief, Professional Standards & Health, Wellness, and Safety

Arizona Fire & Medical Authority

Monique Parker

Senior VP, Safety, Environmental & Health

Piedmont Lithium

Richard J. Paine, Jr.

Vice-President, Quality Assurance (HSSQE) & Proposal Management

Hornblower Group

Rodolfo Ramirez

Head of Digital Operation. Global Health & Wellbeing


Andres Romero

Global Director, EHS


Shelley Scalzo Brown

Corporate Safety Director


Kathy Seabrook

Co-Chair, Human Capital in Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Project Group

Capitals Coalition

Dimitri Shanin

Senior Director, Environmental Sustainability & Compliance

Raytheon Technologies

Malcolm Staves

Global VP Health & Safety


Mike Truitt

Director, HSE

Independence Contract Drilling

Brian Bartal

SVP Safety & Compliance


Nathan Dibble

NA QA Manager

Quaker Houghton

Jon Liesmaki

Director of Environmental, Health, & Safety

Harmon Inc.

Taylor Allis

Chief Product Officer


Trevor Bronson

Director, Portfolio Strategy


Sara Busche

Product Marketing Manager


John Castner



Gary Cluck

Senior Project Manager


Rob Davis

Vice President Product Management

Wolters Kluwer

John Easton

VP of Product & Innovation


Jill James

Chief Safety Officer


Andy Johnston

ESG Solution Strategist


Blake McGowan

Solution Executive


Matt Sacks

Vice President, Sales & Business Development


Sanjiv Singh



Sean Snyder

Head of Partnership and Alliances


Dr. Torsten Thurmann

Director of EHSQ/ESG Product Business Unit

Quentic (powered by AMCS)

J R Vanorder

EY Global Digital Sustainability Leader


Erica Giovinazzo



Sara Schairer

Founder and Director


Bill Pennington

VP Research, EHS & Risk Management


Kim Knickle

Research Director, ESG & Sustainability


Stuart Neumann

VP, Advisory Services


Layla Sienne

Event Director


Nathan Goldstein

Senior Analyst


Tom Brown

Industry Analyst


Chris Sayers

Industry Analyst



October 17–18, 2023 | In-Person Summit

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Do you have an amazing story or incredible insight? We'd love to have you speak at our event. Reach out to Layla Sienne, [email protected], for sponsorship and speaking opportunities.

08:30 - 09:00 Break

Registration & Networking

09:00 - 09:10 Verdantix Welcome

Summit Overview & Welcome

09:10 - 09:30 Opening Keynote

The Invisible Parts Of Worker Health & Safety

A more comprehensive approach to the total being in workplace health & safety is needed to transcend the primitive organizational work cultures. Historically, safety has consisted of addressing unsafe conditions and unsafe behaviors, yet in today’s workplace there is so much more that must be unveiled & accepted in order for EH&S to be impactful in the workplace.

09:30 - 10:10 Panel

Risk Leadership: How Can EHS Become Part Of The Wider Risk Management Landscape?

EHS professionals have an important place in shaping the “risk culture” of an organisation. This session will be looking at the key areas that underpin effective risk leadership and their impact on management systems. We will consider how these impact health in safety activities in the organisation enabling health and safety to be integrated into the overall organisation’s risk management framework.

10:15 - 10:35 Trailblazer

Innovation Trailblazer

Quaker Houghton Advances EHSQ And ESG Across Global Departments With DevonWay

Quaker Houghton, a global leader in industrial process fluids will present a case study on their journey through advancing EHSQ, ESG, & Sustainability with DevonWay. Their talk will include:

  • A brief overview of the challenges faced pre-DevonWay due to having multiple systems and disconnected processes across global departments and teams.
  • How DevonWay, a single, integrated platform to handle all EHS, QMS, and ESG functions across 17 languages, helped them reduce risks of injuries, illnesses, and financial liabilities while providing real-time visibility into safety and quality insights for informed decision-making.
Presented by Devonway
CorityOne: Innovation Through Integration

For an innovation strategy to be effective, it needs to be integrated seamlessly. This session will deep-dive into leveraging technology & innovation for improvements to product, people, and processes.

Presented by Cority
10:40 - 11:00 Trailblazer

Innovation Trailblazer

Practical Use Of Prescriptive Analytics

To share how Unifi, an aviation services provider, leveraged machine learning to develop and implement a predictive analytics model with 500+ individual data points to predict operational safety risk with a 93% degree of accuracy. And how these highly accurate predictions are used detail specific prescriptive actions for operational leaders to take to mitigate risk to lowest reasonable level.

Presented by Benchmark Digital
AI’s Transformative Role: Bridging The Gap Between Safety Work And Safety Of Work
  • Sean Snyder, Head of Partnership and Alliances, Intenseye

In this captivating session, Intenseye’s Principal Customer Success Manager and EHS expert, David Lemon, takes the stage and explores the transformative role of AI in bridging the gap between safety work and the safety of work. From discussing Intenseye’s mission to providing real-world examples of how AI has become a game-changer in enhancing workplace safety, you’ll learn why deploying AI is crucial for enhancing workplace safety and how it can directly impact your organization’s safety standards. Join us as we celebrate the powerful impact of leveraging AI to create a safer tomorrow.

Presented by Intenseye
11:00 - 11:20 Break

Wellness Break & Networking

Sponsored by IsoMetrix
11:20 - 12:00 Panel

Strengthening EHS Governance: Building Bridges With The CFO, COO And CSO

The changes brought about by Covid-19 and the ever-increasing requirements of ESG disclosures are fundamentally altering the role of EHS leaders, creating more touchpoints and dependencies with other corporate functions. 80% of the 302 EHS leaders in the latest Verdantix survey state that they are key decision-makers or owners of ESG strategy in their firm. This session highlights increased visibility into the stakeholder landscape for EHS professionals and discusses the opportunities for creating an EHS hub that delivers impact across the organization.

12:00 - 12:30 Workshop

Best Practices Workshops

Workshop Presented by Wolters Kluwer

Wolters Kluwer is a global leader in information services and solutions for professionals in the health, tax and accounting, risk and compliance, finance and legal sectors. We help our customers make critical decisions every day by providing expert solutions that combine deep domain knowledge with specialized technology and services. Founded in 1836 and headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands, the company serves customers in over 180 countries, maintains operations in over 40 countries and employs 18,600 people worldwide.

How do we get started? What it takes to roll out EHS software, and how to get leadership (and employees) engaged
  • Sara Busche, Product Marketing Manager, HSI
  • Jon Liesmaki, Director of Environmental, Health, & Safety, Harmon Inc.

What does it take to roll out EHS software? Join Jon Liesmaki, Director of EHS from Harmon Inc., who evaluated 27 vendors, and has rolled out multiple EHS processes across departments for the last several years, as he walks you through selection criteria, to leadership buy-in, to employee adoption. There are plenty of organizations looking to move from old processes (either dated systems, or paper and Excel.) It’s not easy to get just a handful of employees adopting a new system and process, let alone hundreds more. Often, the thought can be, “I’ll stick with what we have, because the idea of changing seems overwhelming.” How can we make this less difficult? What do companies need to consider, what do they need to know, and what do they need to worry less about? Not to mention the question - why is a digital platform so beneficial to your organization? Jon is joined by Jill James, Chief Safety Officer at HSI, and former OSHA Inspector, to talk through the trials and tribulations of adopting a new system.

Presented by HSI
12:30 - 13:30 Break

Networking & Lunch

Sponsored by HSI
13:30 - 13:40 Verdantix Welcome

Morning Overview & Welcome Back

13:40 - 14:10 Verdantix Workshop

Best Practices For EHS Digital Strategy & Technology Selection

This session will leverage Verdantix expertise in running dozens of EHS software selection processes for corporates across the world. In this session, we will discuss how buying processes can be managed to ensure high-impact returns, and how to manage post-purchase programmes for effective deployment. We will share and discuss best practices, as well as steps to avoid that may lead to delays and reduced business value.

14:10 - 15:00 Panel

The ‘Whole Person’ Approach To Safety And Health

Workplace burnout is on the rise, due to performance-related pressure, economic uncertainty and unpredictable job security. This has fuelled employee anxiety and stress, negatively impacting productivity and overall job performance. These factors contributed to the ‘Great Resignation’ in early 2021. Societal changes have brought mental health and wellbeing into the spotlight, highlighting the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. As a result, many firms are now facing increased pressure to take responsibility for the wellbeing of their workforce. In this session, our panelists will discuss how the EHS function is embedding mental health into overall worker’s health strategies.

15:00 - 15:45 Wellbeing Workshop

Healthy Sleep Habits

This workshop will focus on why sleep is critical, the case for improving sleep, the impact of sleep on the brain, best practices for improving sleep, creating your own sleep ritual, breathing exercises to practice, nutrition and eating and its effects on sleep. Good sleep plays a vital role in your resiliency and ability to manage stress. We will discuss strategies to develop and maintain healthy sleep habits, such as establishing a relaxing bedtime routine. Parallels will be drawn between the importance of good sleep and its effects on your personal/professional relationships, workplace performance and ability to manage stress.

15:45 - 16:05 Break

Wellness Break & Networking

Sponsored by IsoMetrix
16:05 - 16:50 Panel

Process, People And Technology To Boost EHS Efficiency

  • Tom Brown, Industry Analyst, Verdantix
  • Jennifer Dunaway, Director of Safety and Occupational Health, Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC), Southwest
  • RiadEfendi, Global Corporate HSE Manager, TechnipFMC
  • Dr. Torsten Thurmann, Director of EHSQ/ESG Product Business Unit, Quentic (powered by AMCS)

This panel will address the challenges posed by budget rationalization and the broader impact of the recession on workplace safety. The latest Verdantix survey has highlighted a slowly growing EHS budget landscape. This, coupled with rising inflation and economic pressures, will force EHS functions to become more efficient, to support EHS and organizational needs.

16:50 - 17:00 Verdantix Roundup

Day One Summary & Thank You

17:30 - 19:00 Drinks

Welcome Drinks

Sponsored by Origami Risk
19:00 - 22:00 Dinner

Dinner & Awards

09:00 - 09:30 Break

Registration & Networking

09:30 - 09:40 Verdantix Welcome

Summit Overview & Welcome

9:40 - 10:25 Panel

The Rising Challenge Of Climate Change: How Are EHS Leaders Getting Ready To Tackle It?

With global temperatures continuing to rise, reaching temperatures above the 20th century average for the 46th consecutive year , it is clear that climate change is a pressing global issue. The World Health Organisation COP24 Special Report described climate change as “the greatest health challenge of the 21st century, with major threats to life, health and wellbeing”. While the field of EHS is traditionally concerned with protecting workers’ health and safety, the impacts of climate change are increasingly affecting occupational and environmental health. Through heat stress, death or injury from floods, wildfires and storms, and through changes in the ranges of disease vectors, waterborne pathogens, water quality, air quality, and food availability and quality, climate change has the potential to affect human health in unprecedented ways. In this session, our panellists will discuss how EHS professionals can prepare for the impacts of climate change and play a role in creating or revisiting contingency plans for organizations to ensure operations resiliency and staff safety and health.

10:25 - 10:45 Break

Wellness Break & Networking

Sponsored by IsoMetrix
10:45 - 11:15 Keynote

Business Resilience: Three Lenses On Risk

  • Rob Davis, Vice President Product Management, Wolters Kluwer

Join Rob Davis, VP Product Management at Wolters Kluwer Enablon as he described the three main benefits of an integrated risk strategy: greater safety and health of individuals, greater productivity and safety of products and processes, and greater resilience and compliance of corporate processes. We will discuss how a sound basis in EHS can lead to holistic risk management of the organization and how current trends in ESG can also be an outcome of a sound risk aware EHS strategy. Finally, we will explore how combining Process Safety Management, ESG, and EHS can result in a 360 degree risk culture that brings the organization to greater productivity.

11:20 - 11:50 Workshop

Best Practices Workshop

Uncovering The Value And Valuation Of Employee Health & Safety On Business Performance

From a business perspective, the management of employee health and safety is typically considered an expense (e.g., SG&A) on the business income statement. Or, simply put, health and safety is an expense that does not positively impact business revenue. During this workshop, the value of employee health and safety will be discussed, specifically as a positive impact on operational efficiency, rather than as a cost avoidance on expenses. Furthermore, potential methods to calculate the valuation of managing employee health and safety will be considered. Examples from corporate annual business reports, corporate sustainability reports, and US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Form 10-K reports will be used to support the workshop.

Presented by Velocity EHS
11:55 - 12:15 Trailblazer

Innovation Trailblazer

Unlocking ESG Innovation Through EHS Experience

IsoMetrix Chief Revenue Officer, John Castner, and IsoMetrix ESG Solution Strategist, Andy Johnston, will demonstrate how to integrate IsoMetrix’s EHS and ESG software to create a single powerful solution for all your organizational EHS and ESG needs.

In addition, they will display how IsoMetrix’s modern ESG and GHG reporting platform can pull data from a myriad of software systems, lowering the barrier for entry and expediting the implementation of a truly consolidated solution.

Presented by IsoMetrix
12:15 - 13:15 Break

Networking & Lunch

Sponsored by HSI
13:15 - 13:25 Verdantix Welcome

Morning Overview & Welcome Back

13:25 - 14:10 Panel

EHS In A Hyperconnected World: How To Leverage AI, VR And IoT To Create A Safer Workplace

  • Bill Pennington, VP Research, EHS & Risk Management, Verdantix
  • Alvino Gani, Senior Global Leader Retail, EHS, Amazon
  • Shameka Lewis, EHS Supply Chain Category Director, Kellogg Company
  • Dr Kane Nixon, Deputy Chief, Professional Standards & Health, Wellness, and Safety, Arizona Fire & Medical Authority
  • Sanjiv Singh, COO, eCIFM

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are revolutionizing occupational health and safety by providing real-time monitoring and analysis of workplace conditions. AI-powered sensors can detect hazardous conditions such as toxic gases, high temperatures, and noise levels that can cause hearing loss. IoT devices can track workers’ movements and provide alerts when they enter hazardous areas or when they are in danger. These technologies can also help identify patterns in workplace accidents and injuries, allowing companies to take proactive measures to prevent future incidents. By using AI and IoT technologies, companies can improve workplace safety, reduce the risk of accidents and injuries, and ensure that employees return home safely to their families.

In this session, our speakers will share technology use cases highlighting how a specific technology has significantly improved occupational safety outcomes.

14:10 - 14:55 Wellbeing Workshop

Meditation, Mindfulness And Journaling

Focusing on the present moment in our busy lives takes practice. This workshop will take a look at tools and tricks to help lower stress levels. Our meditation gurus will expound upon the practice of meditation, mindfulness, and journaling. It will teach you about the importance of channeling your emotions into a meditational mindset for everyday growth. Expect proper balance in life by achieving optimal health of body, mind, spirit, and emotions. Learn the value of putting pen to paper and journaling your days.

14:55 - 15:15 Break

Wellness Break & Networking

Sponsored by IsoMetrix
15:15 - 15:45 Verdantix Workshop

Futureproofing EHS With New Digital Solutions: Five Breakthrough Technologies

In a fast-paced operating environment, EHS leaders need to anticipate the changes that will impact their business operations and safety culture. This session will explore five new technology trends that will allow you to operate at scale, faster and with fewer resources, whilst providing an optimal experience for your stakeholders.

15:45 - 16:30 Panel

From Reactive To Preventive: How Data And Analytics Can Improve Safety Outcomes

It has becone increasingly important for organizations to fully understand the benefits of advanced data analytics in assessing EHS performance. Data and analytics can play a crucial role in reducing incidents and operational overheads, directly impacting profitability, improving employee morale, reducing reputational risk for the business and improving competitiveness. In this session, our panellists will share best practice on how their data strategy is helping them achieve compliance, conduct efficient ESG reporting and proactively manage risk.

16:30 - 16:40 Verdantix Roundup

Day Two Summary & Upcoming Events


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Verdantix EHS Innovation Excellence Awards Americas 2023

Recognizing outstanding achievements in the field of EHS, Sustainability & Operational Excellence

The Verdantix EHS Innovation Excellence Awards North America recognize the people and organizations who are instrumental in implementing innovative strategies, technologies and projects that improve processes, management, reporting and outcomes. By identifying and sharing best practices, we aim to help EHS, ESG, Sustainability and Operations professionals lower incident rates, reduce maintenance downtime, maintain environmental compliance and enhance operational safety.

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