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Tuesday April 14, 2015


7:00 -
9:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Join your fellow attendees for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as we kick off this exciting program. Start the first day with new contacts and new friends.


Wednesday April 15, 2015


8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:45 - 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks


  • Virginia Hoekenga, Deputy Director; NAEM
  • Carol Singer Neuvelt, Executive Direcotor; NAEM
9:00 -
10:15 a.m.

Destination Chief Sustainability Officer: Revelations from an Uncharted Journey


From her arrival at the University of Virginia four decades ago with plans to study law yet graduating an architect, today Beth Heider finds herself Chief Sustainability Officer of one of the largest development and construction companies in the US. How did that happen? Beth will reflect on leadership lessons along her uncharted (and sometimes unchartered) journey and share her optimism for the destination, a regenerative future.


  • Elizabeth Heider, Chief Sustainability Officer; Skanska USA Inc. (Bio)

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.


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

Leading and Learning from Complex Business Initiatives - A Roadmap for Success

You are in a role to advance initiatives that will position your company to become a thought leader in your industry, form future regulation, or advance business objectives. Leading such an effort is complex. It requires strategic alliances, issue framing, clear communication, and collaboration among a wide variety of business partners. Come learn the importance of getting it right from the start and avoiding common pitfalls from senior executives who've gone through the process.


  • Gretchen Hancock, Leader, EHS Governance; General Electric Co. (Bio)
  • Carol B. Cala, Vice President, Corporate Energy, Environment, Safety and Health; Lockheed Martin Corp. (Bio)
  • Drena Howard, Director, Global Retail EHS; The Estée Lauder Co.'cs Inc. (Bio)

12:15 -
1:30 p.m..

Special Luncheon Presentation: Realize Your Full Potential

Have you ever wondered why some individuals achieve tremendous success in life while others put forth great effort and still fail to maximize their talents or reach their full potential? Do you aspire to do better, be better and achieve more in every aspect of your life? The path that will change your future starts with believing in yourself. You have more in you than you think you have. Learn how to use it to change every aspect of your life.


Lionel L. Nowell III is a successful business executive and author of "You Are Better Than Your Best: The Secrets to Achieving a Successful and Happy Life...It All Starts With You." He is a retired senior vice president and treasurer of PepsiCo Inc., and currently serves as a director on the boards of American Electric Power, Bank of America and Reynolds American, Inc. All the proceeds from his book go to providing college educations to students who otherwise could not afford it.


  • Lionel L. Nowell, Board of Directors; Bank of America and American Electric Power (Bio)

1:45 -
4:45 p.m.

Sustainable Leadership: Cultivating Vitality at Work

Leading today's organizations requires getting more done across time and distance, often under intense cost pressure.  This creates both personal and organizational stress that can undermine productivity when it is needed most. Years of searching for “work-life balance” have resulted in little measurable improvement and the cult of “busy-ness” continues to consume us. This engaging, interactive session custom-designed by the global leadership consultancy, Conversant, will take a closer look at how to create, cultivate, and sustain vitality in organizations—those precious moments when we revel in a job well-done, feel energized and engaged by our work, and are proud to be part of a dynamic, successful team.


  • Jennifer Simpson, Chief Innovation Officer; Conversant (Bio)
4:45 p.m. Day 1 Adjourns
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Join a Dinner Group

Continue networking after the formal sessions wrap by joining a dinner group with your peers.  NAEM will have nearby restaurant recommendations.


Thursday April 16, 2015


8:15 a.m. -
9:00 a.m.

Networking Breakfast plus Welcome and Remarks


  • Virginia Hoekenga, Deputy Director; NAEM
  • Fawn Bergen, Senior Environmental Engineer – Air Permitting, Corporate EHS; Intel Corp.
9:00 -
10:00 a.m.

Managing the Corporate Ecosystem:  Lessons Learned in Internal and External Stakeholder Management


Women working in the EHS and sustainability fields have an increasingly  complex corporate ecosystems to navigate.  Tensie will share lessons learned from 30 years of experience working with corporate internal stakeholders (from the C-suite to procurement to HR to sustainability) corporate supply chain partners, communities, NGOs, and governments.  She will provide insights in how to engage and manage those relationships and highlight trends and innovations in corporate sustainability.


  • Tensie Whelan; President; Rainforest Alliance (Bio)
10:15 -
11:45 a.m.

Success Factors: Career Profiles of Women Leaders

This session will explore the skills and strategies current female corporate leaders have developed to advance to the heads of their teams and organizations. Hear what these leaders have learned along the way and the skills and attributes that have been pivotal in their success.



  • Suzanne Fallender, Director Global Women and Girls Program; Intel Corp. (Bio)
  • Lisa French, Technical Director Guidance and Practice; International Integrated Reporting Council (Bio)
  • Cheryl Roberto, Associate Vice President, Clean Energy; Environmental Defense Fund (Bio)
  • Kathrin Winkler, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer; EMC Corp. (Bio)

12:00 -
4:00 p.m.

Custom Red Shoe Movement Event for NAEM

Expect to be energized and inspired! The session begins with an insightful luncheon keynote by Mariela Dabbah, Founder and CEO of the Red Shoe Movement called “Women Supporting Women for Career Success”. Mariela will lay the foundation for the afternoon with a discussion of how subconscious predeterminations influence your career, the power of language to create new realities well- aligned with your mission, ways to engage men as allies, and how to leave a legacy and change your organization's culture.


Following the presentation, participants will engage in two rounds of Mutual Mentoring Circles for meaningful conversations around topics of their choice, most relevant to their career needs. Attendees will come away from the session with an increased awareness of what women in positions of power must do to change their organization's culture, a sense of empowerment in their own knowledge and value, and specific answers to questions relevant to their career challenges.


Facilitated by


  • Mariela Dabbah, Founder & CEO; The Red Shoe Movement (Bio)
  • Susan Landon, Consultant; Red Shoe Movement
  • Annerys Rodriguez, Consultant; Red Shoe Movement



4:00 - 4:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks and Conference Adjourns


  • Sandy NessingManaging Director, Sustainability & ESH Strategy; American Electric Power Co. Inc.
  • Kym FawcettManager, Safety & Social Responsibility; Enerplus Corp.



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About NAEM

The National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM) empowers corporate leaders to advance environmental stewardship, create safe and healthy workplaces, and promote global sustainability. As the largest professional community for EHS and sustainability decision-makers, we provide peer-led educational conferences and an active network for sharing solutions to today's corporate EHS and sustainability management challenges. Visit NAEM online at www.naem.org.

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