Wednesday April 25th, 2018

Kirk Lippold

Kirk Lippold
Former Commander of USS Cole

Leadership and Accountability When It Matters

The privilege and burden of leadership comes with a level of accountability that many aspire to emulate and anyone can rise up to and achieve. Using a devastating suicide terrorist attack as a backdrop, Commander Kirk Lippold conveys how the principle of integrity created an environment for leadership where his crew felt imbued with a sense of ownership, seizing the opportunity to be responsible for their ship and not just their jobs. Their own sense of personal accountability and leadership proved to be a guiding principle in the crucible of combat. Lippold shares why his “Five Pillars of Leadership” are must-have business tenets for any team.

Florent Groberg

Florent Groberg
Former Army Captain and Medal of Honor Recipient

Opportunities Earned & Leadership Learned: An American Hero’s Journey

A true American hero as humble as he is grateful, Medal Of Honor recipient Florent Groberg shares with audiences an unforgettable story and equally remarkable lessons on leadership, selflessness, and the importance of setting goals and earning what you wish to achieve. With a palpable passion for sharing his journey to inform and inspire others, Groberg discusses the key stages and people in his life, and how they shaped him to be the leader, advocate and role model he is today, including: growing up abroad and lessons from his mother and adoptive father; his immediate, innate desire to take action as he watched the 9/11 terrorist attacks unfold from his college dorm room; his patient and persistent efforts to enlist in the U.S. Army; and his selfless actions in Afghanistan that earned him the nation’s top award for valor in combat.

Thursday April 26th, 2018

John Foley

John Foley
Former Solo Pilot for the Blue Angels

Blue Angel precision is built on a solid foundation of teamwork. Every team member, from the crews on the ground to the pilots in the air, is held to the exact same standards of excellence. Unified alignment collapses barriers, and creates a powerful culture of action.

Working together towards a desired outcome. Teamwork is the collective potential of individuals harnessed to create an exponential outcome of a unit. Teamwork requires many variables including trust, communication, a belief in purpose greater than self, and a common goal.
A CenterPoint is a single reference point or a shared goal that holds the collective focus of a team. The concept of CenterPoint can be used to create unified, powerful action in any organization. A well and clearly communicated CenterPoint helps individuals maintain vision of goals and objectives. For teams, an effective CenterPoint keeps actions focused on priorities, while inspiring collaboration, which leads to faster outcomes, innovation and elevated trust.

When people are deeply engaged in their work and feel valued, they are more productive and elective, leading to a positive impact on the bottom line. Foley shares how management can stimulate performance by creating a culture that values expression of gratitude and appreciation—for opportunities, co-workers, and clients.

Robert Rudge

Robert Rudge
General Manager, Global Safety and Security – US Steel

From “You” to “Me” to “We” – How Safety Must Evolve from a Top-Down Directive, to an Item of Personal Responsibility, to a Culture of Shared Commitment

Robert Rudge will discuss how he expects the Company’s safety team not only to deliver the core safety program in a highly professional manner, but to ensure that employee safety performance and engagement, as well as safety culture are part of the overall business plan. The session will also examine how safety is a visible part of the Company’s overall organizational process of continuing improvement, as well as being integrated in the Company’s brand, values, sustainability, and business goals. Finally, Mr. Rudge will discuss how he expects the safety director and his/her team to provide support and solutions to the Company in decision-making, goal achievement and business strategy with an eye to the overall success of the Company.

2018 Conference Itinerary

Day 1Wednesday, April 3, 2019
7:00amRegistration, Exhibitors, and Innovation Award Presentations
8:40amOpening remarks
9:00amKeynote Speaker – Ruben Gonzalez
Becoming Unstoppable: Safety Secrets of a Four-Time Olympian
Incredible Olympic Story, Best-Selling Author and Award-Winning Speaker
Gonzalez speaks from Olympic experience. He teaches the personal effectiveness system he used to achieve success again and again in both the Olympics and in business. He is proof that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things if they will follow a few simple steps.
10:30amBreak, Exhibitors Visit our exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall
10:50amMark Damon - Damon Fall Protection
OSHA Update - Walking Working Surfaces and real world applications

Exhibitor Highlights - Innovative Uses of their products
12:00pmLunch and Exhibitors
1:10pmTentative - Patricia Mangan – Olympic Skier from Western New York

Preparing for the Challenges and Opportunities that come your way
1:40pmBreak & Exhibitors
1:50pmLocal Training Opportunities for professional enrichment in the field of safety
Doug Miller and Joe Rosenbeck – Rochester Institute of Technology OSHA Training Institute Education Center
Courses, curriculum and education opportunities available including EHS, Sustainability and ISO 45001
2:50pmEvan Casey and Mark Mol – Great Lakes Environmental & Safety Consultants, Inc.
Safety Inspection Programs and Apps that prove how “Safety Pays”
3:40pmDay prizes
Day 2Thursday, April 4, 2019
7:00amRegistration and Exhibitors
8:40amOpening Remarks
9:00amKeynote Speaker - Dr. Todd Conklin - internationally recognized expert in Organizational Culture and Behavior and Human Performance
Preventing Human Errors: What’s Stopping Us?
When accidents occur, they are attributed to human failure, the belief that the processes or systems are fundamentally safe except for the people using them. Therefore, if the human element is eliminated, there won’t be any accidents. This kind of thinking gets you nowhere. It’s time for us to rethink safety. The place to start is by examining the cause of a mishap and recognizing the role our physiology plays in our actions. If we can get a better understanding of that phenomenon, we can move toward interventions that work to reduce workplace accidents. Dr. Conklin provides you with an entertaining and practical look at what is behind human performance and why we need to change our perception of human error before we can change safety.
10:30amBreak and Exhibitors
10:50amLatest Updates and Revisions to NFPA 70E
Paul Dobrowsky – Innovative Technology Solutions
Which of your employees are “qualified”, who needs to be trained, to what extent, exposures and risks companies take with an insufficient electrical safety and arc flash program.
11:20amBreak & Exhibitors
11:30amHoist Inspections and Maintenance
Columbus McKinnon and Hanes Supply
12:00pmLunch, Scholarship Awards, American Society of Safety Engineers Award Ceremony, Waring Award
1:00pmBreakout Session A
Active Attacker Preparation for businesses
Neil Held – Eric County Sheriff’s Department

Breakout Session B
Todd Conklin - Workplace Humor and Friendship:
This presentation provides an interesting look at some of the “upstream’ skills that must exist in your workplace. A behaviorist views humor and friendship differently than most people who observe work, he looks not at the reasons why these things exist, but more importantly at the existence of humor and friendships.
2:10pmBreakout Session A
Cybersecurity for your business environment
Reggie DeJean – Lawley Insurance

Breakout Session B
Stop the Bleed Program
Erie and Niagara County Department of Health
3:10pmClosing announcements and daily prizes

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