December 2, 2021 | 8:45 am – 2:30 pm CT

8:45 - 9:00 am

Registration and virtual orientation

9:00 - 9:05 am

Opening remarks

9:05 - 9:35 am

Opening keynote: Leadership at any level

In this empowering keynote presentation, a respected industry leader will discuss her experience as a woman in safety, the obstacles she has overcome to rise up, and ultimately how you can positively influence others in the workplace to improve the direction of a company, no matter your role.

  • Building a supportive environment for women in safety: what does it take?
  • Tangible ways you can influence work culture – including in the boardroom
  • How to be a team player in challenging situations
  • Your role as a leader in driving change – personally and professionally

Sheri Wood Hanson

Safety and Environment Director, Schneider Electric

9:40 - 10:25 am

Panel: How to be adaptable throughout your career in safety

Being able to adapt to changing environments and work processes enables you to grow faster in your career as it means you are open to learning new things, taking on new challenges and making adjustments to suit transitions in the workplace. This session will identify the skills you can learn that will ensure you climb up the career ladder.

  • How to introspectively reflect on your current skills and where there's room for improvement
  • Identifying changes you need to make in your career
  • Planning and preparing yourself for potential changes to your situation that are required to achieve your goal

Sonja Flanigan

Corporate Safety Director, Structual Technologies

Angie Garcia

Vice President - Global Human Resources & Safety, AIV & GCM

10:25 - 10:55 am

Networking coffee break

10:55 - 11:40 am

Panel: PPE in the pandemic and beyond

One of the challenges women (and some men) face as safety professionals is finding personal protective equipment (PPE) that fits properly. There is an urgency to stay safe, especially during a pandemic. Whether you and your team are looking for the right-size gloves or a mask that properly shields your face, choosing the best PPE is vital. Are you and your team wearing the right PPE for your needs?

  • Design innovation – PPE specifically designed for women
  • Securing your PPE supply chain
  • Managing your PPE procurement strategies

Qi Hommes

Director, System Safety Engineering and Analysis, Zoox

Shelley Scalzo Brown

Corporate Safety Director, Bergelectric

11:45 - 12:10 pm

Evolving in 2022: How safety leaders can make a difference in mental health

Workplace mental health has been catapulted to the top of the management agenda this year. What behaviors can employers incorporate to create a safer, more supportive workplace culture? How can the safety industry move the conversation on mental health from discussion to action so that it becomes the 'norm'? This session covers the best practices for creating a positive work environment that truly supports employees.

  • 2022: where do we want to be?
  • What can employers tangibly do to foster a healthy workplace culture?
  • What kinds of mental health initiatives and resources are proving effective?
  • Mindfulness, ERG groups and other tools to help find balance
  • Creating psychological safety in the C-suite

Morgan Hager

Vice President, Health, Safety, Environment and Regulatory, Chesapeake Energy

12:15 - 12:40 pm

Hybrid as the new normal: Preparing for the new landscape of work in 2022 and beyond

The shift to remote working has had a significant and lasting impact in the world of safety. While remote working has brought many benefits for employees, such as flexible workdays, it has broken down the divide between personal and professional time. This session will explore practical ways to maintain a better work-life balance.

  • Creating a solid policy for hybrid working
  • Tips on how to ensure equity between remote and office-based workers
  • How to foster a collaborative environment away from the office to ensure safety across the organization
  • Maintaining resiliency and work-life integration

Prithy Madhoo, MBA

Risk & Safety Director, Goodwill

12:40 - 1:10 pm

Networking and lunch

1:10 - 1:55 pm

Panel: Beyond Mentorship: Becoming allies, champions and advocates for the next generation

Mentors have always played a critical role in offering guidance, inspiration, and support for women in the profession. Yet their role is only part of the equation for driving change and achieving true equality in leadership roles. Advocates and champions in the safety profession are needed more than ever to ensure women flourish in leadership positions. What are some practical ways to effectively use mentors and champions to achieve your career objectives? How can one move from being a mentor to becoming a champion and advocate? What are some examples of concrete actions that have been effective in improving leadership opportunities?

  • Mentor vs champion – what is the difference and where do they fit?
  • Leveraging the right allies and constituencies to promote equity and inclusion
  • What are some actions men can take to be better allies?
  • Going beyond your organization – using external advocates and champions
  • Tips for engaging potential champions to be your advocates

Lindsay Fountaine

Director of Safety and Human Resources, Choice Transportation

Tamara Parris

Director, Safeopedia

2:00 - 2:30 pm

Closing keynote: Leading the change

In a market that continues to change, few would argue against the need for increased diversity in safety. But how can we move this conversation forward? In an effort to build an authentically inclusive workplace, this closing keynote will analyze the current status of the industry and how to advance diversity, equity and inclusion from discussion to action.

  • What can we learn from the next generation’s approach to equity in the workplace?
  • Gender and beyond: Advice for how you can help support diversity in your workplace
  • Racism and violence prevention in safety
  • What do you say? How do you support others when you’re unsure
  • How does a diverse and inclusive workplace promote innovation and deliver better safety results?

Priscilla Eubank

Lead Construction Safety Specialist, Toyota

2:30 pm

Closing remarks

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