ASSE’s Future Safety Leaders Conference Helps OSH Students Soar

This year’s Future Safety Leaders Conference (FSLC), held in early November 2017 in Lombard, IL, was a great success. Each year, ASSE hosts the event to engage student members, one of the organization’s fastest-growing constituencies. This year, 147 student members from 44 universities attended.

The annual FSLC is the cornerstone of ASSE’s efforts to invest in the future of the OSH profession by helping to ensure the success of today’s OSH students, who are tomorrow’s safety professionals. Because it focuses on the specific needs of students pursuing OSH careers, the conference offers a unique learning experience that allows them to gain real-world skills and learn practical tips from working professionals.

Each year, the event offers students opportunities to:

  • learn how to be an effective leader and communicator;
  • engage in topical roundtable discussions with experienced OSH professionals from different industries and ASSE member peers;
  • gain career advice from employers and safety leaders;
  • hone resume writing and interview skills with resume critiques and mock interviews;
  • explore options for advanced degrees, certifications, internships and employment.

This year’s event featured general session speaker Regina McMichael, CSP, CET, president of Learning Factory Inc., who delivered the presentation, “People Not Policy.” Jill James, chief safety officer with Vivid Learning Systems, delivered the keynote address, “What I Wish I Knew When I Started in Safety,” which gave students firsthand insight to help them avoid some pitfalls of starting out in the profession. The 2-day event also included a networking lunch and dedicated networking time with veteran professionals.

During the first day, students participated in 33 roundtable sessions on a range of industry topics such as fire protection, manufacturing, transportation, utilities, risk management and insurance, safety training, and construction safety. Moderated by local volunteer member subject-matter experts, these sessions offer guidance to students as they consider specific career paths.

The second day focused on practical skills to help students navigate the job market, such as mock face-to-face interviews with corporate representatives and resume critiques with human resources professionals. A Q&A with a panel of young OSH professionals allowed students to gain insight on challenges they may face as they begin their careers.

During the conference, the ASSE Foundation announced the winner of its Student Leadership Award in Innovation, Krystal Sibert, President of ASSE’s University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, Student Section. The award recognizes students’ innovative approaches to strengthening their ASSE student section, chapter or the safety culture on campus. Sibert received a Safety 2018 experience, which includes an all-expense paid trip to attend Safety 2018 in San Antonio, TX.

Visit the FSLC website to learn more about the annual event or contact Susan Clark, ASSE’s manager, membership engagement, at (847) 232-2010.