2016 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum

Innovative Resource Management


Track 4: Innovative Resource Management

Whether referring to natural or human resources, this session will give attendees a change to focus on specific ways their peers are leveraging resources and delivering big wins for EHS and sustainability. Sessions will also touch on strategies for ensuring the EHS function has a strong succession plan, attracts and retains talent, and offers an opportunity to build leadership skills in the area of influence and communications.

Wednesday October 26, 2016

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote - Simplifying Complexity

Recent research on natural ecosystems suggests that, for any problem with many moving parts that all influence one another, the more complex the problem - the more resistant it seems to change - the easier it may be to understand and solve. In this talk, Eric Berlow explores how embracing complexity can lead to simple answers. How can complexity theory help us harness more creativity to solve difficult problems? How can you map complex systems to be able to isolate their most influential agents? And, how can we use our knowledge of ecosystems to help solve our largest societal problems? Berlow unravels his fascinating research to help audiences embrace complexity and become better problem solvers, while sharing insights into the ways big data is changing our ability to see and solve complex problems.


  • Eric Berlow, Ecologist and complexity scientist - Bio

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Morning Break

10:30 a.m.
- 12:00 p.m.

Session 4: Lessons from the Zero Waste Journey

Benefit from the insights of a panel of experts who are living the Zero Waste journey. Learn answers to questions, such as: How do you define “Zero Waste"? What did your company do to begin the Zero Waste journey? What are some of the key challenges your Zero Waste efforts have faced and how have you addressed these? Learn about the key practices for being successful in pursuing Zero Waste and understand how the panelists have demonstrated the value of their Zero Waste efforts.



  • David Williams, Director, Environment and Sustainability; Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd


  • Johanna Jobin, Director, Global EHS & Sustainability; Biogen Inc. - Bio
  • Nicole Krenner, Manager, Sustainability Operational Excellence; 3M - Bio
  • Michelle Redfield, Director, Safety, Environment and Process Improvement; Schneider Electric SE - Bio

12:00 - 1:15 p.m.


1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Session 8: Getting More Renewable Power in Your Energy Portfolio
More Questions than Answers? What are the options? How do you “sell” it? What’s right for your company? What’s it all mean (on-site, off-site, PPA, REC, solar, wind, bio, new innovations, additionality …)? Attend this session and learn from the experience of others who have successfully added renewable power to their energy and environmental strategies. Discover what benefits they are getting from their shift toward green power, what worked and what didn’t and learn strategies for getting started or advancing your own power shift.



  • Hal Ehrhardt, Senior Manager, Energy, Environment & Common Systems; Lockheed Martin Corp.


  • Scott Stallard, Senior Manager, Environmental Stewardship; Lockheed Martin Corp. - Bio
  • Jonathan Poggi, Multi-function Facilities Manager; Lockheed Martin Corp. - Bio
  • Rob Threlkeld, Global Manager, Renewable Energy; General Motors Co. - Bio
  • Hervé Touati, Managing Director; The Business Renewables Center (BRC) of Rocky Mountain Institute - Bio
  • Ramé Hemstreet, Vice President, Operations, Chief Sustainable Resources Officer; Kaiser Permanente - Bio

3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

Afternoon Break

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

Session 12: Communication and Influencing Skills for EHS&S Leaders

EHS professionals build their careers on a solid technical foundation – some of them so well they find themselves promoted to leadership positions. However, leading a team is a very different than being a member of the team. Come to learn how others have made the transition from individual contributor to leader. This session will be good for those who are new to leadership and also those who are mentoring or working with someone who has recently been promoted to a leadership role.



  • Megan Lum, Director, Environment, Transmission; The Pacific Gas and Electric Co.


  • Kris Morico, Global Leader Environmental Programs; General Electric Co. - Bio
  • Drena Howard, Director, Global Retail EHS; The Estee Lauder Co.'s - Bio
  • James Mangold, Projects Supervisor for Environmental Management – Generation; Pacific Gas & Electric Co. - Bio

5:30 - 7:00 p.m

Welcome Reception


Thursday October 27, 2016


8:45 - 9:45 a.m.

Keynote Session - Leading as an EHS&S Professional Now and Into the Future

Drawing on a learnings from career of more than 30 years in environmental management, Wayne Balta, the Vice President of Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety for IBM will open our day with an informative and inspiring look at corporate environmental & sustainability management today, and into the future. He’ll explore the skills and competencies he believes leaders will need to steward their programs and teams for the coming years, and discuss the opportunities he sees for each of us to make substantive contributions at our organizations, ultimately resulting in collective impact and progress forward in our field.


  • Wayne Balta, Vice President, Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety; IBM Corp. - Bio

9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

Morning Break in the Exhibit Hall

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Session 16: Ensuring Your License to Operate: Strategies and Tools to Be Part of the Water Management Solution

What steps are companies taking to prepare for and mitigate water-related risks?  What are companies doing to use water more efficiently, make the business case for water reduction in their operations, and reduce their net impact on their local watersheds?  This session will provide insight into how various companies’ water programs address water scarcity risks, water conservation and water stewardship, and how innovation is helping address global water challenges.



  • Nick Martin, Sustainability Practice Lead; Antea Group


  • Fawn Bergen, Carbon & Water Program Manager ; Intel Corp. - Bio
  • Todd Reeve, Chief Executive Officer; Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF). - Bio
  • Alan Resnik, Director Corporate Environmental Affairs; Cummins Inc. - Bio

12:15 - 1:30 p.m.

Business-to-Business Luncheon

1:45 -
3:15 p.m.

Session 20: Owning your Career: Professional Development for You and Your Team

A great EHS&S career doesn’t happen by accident. It takes planning, tools and perserverance. You need to own your own career while helping your team to grow professionally, stay engaged, and be ready to take that next step. How can you do that? Come to this session and find out how through peer presentations on personal and team development as well as an interactive workshop. Leave with insights and tools that you can use to be sure you are owning your career and helping your team do the same.



  • Annette Russo, Senior Manager, Communications and Training, EHS & Sustainability; Johnson & Johnson


  • Kimberly Jackson, Director EHS; Spectra Energy Corp. - Bio
  • Paul Robbertz, Senior Director, Environmental Health and Safety; WhiteWave Foods Co. - Bio

3:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Afternoon Break

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

Thursday Afternoon Keynote - NAEM IGNITE Power Hour

Imagine ten topics from ten experts in less than sixty minutes. 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 the experts. Listen as your peers 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!


Speakers include ten dynamic and inspiring EHS&S leaders from the NAEM Community

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