Safety 2018 Features Engaging General Sessions & Keynote Speakers

Safety 2018 features high-energy, engaging and inspiring keynote speakers of four general sessions, a luncheon presentation and a plenary townhall debate.

General Sessions

•Monday’s general session speaker Polly LaBarre will explain how people who invent the future create the most value. Learn how to stand out from the rest at her session, “A Maverick Manual for Success,” which takes place on Monday, June 4, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

•In “Reinventing Leadership for the Age of Machine Intelligence,” Tuesday general session speaker Mike Walsh presents a portrait of technological advances by machine learning and artificial intelligence, and how leaders can adjust to embrace innovation. This session takes place on June 5, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Walsh will sign copies of his book, Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas following the presentation.

•On Wednesday, a panel of experts from the FBI, local law enforcement and employee assistance will address the growing problem of violence in the workplace. ”The Before and After Summit: A Safety Professional’s Guide to Prepare For, React to and Address Workplace Violence Events” will discuss preparing for such events and providing assistance in the aftermath. This session takes place on June 6, 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

•The closing general session speaker, Ryan Estis, will introduce insights about productivity and performance that can help attendees achieve the next breakthrough moment. “Unleash Your Inner Superhero: Keys to Achieving Breakthrough Performance” takes place on Wednesday, June 6, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Lunchtime Talks

•”The Power of Influence: Mastering the Customer Experience,” with Chris Helder presents a high-energy session over lunch covering communication, persuasion and tools you can use to influence those who create change at your company. This conference luncheon program is on Wednesday, June 6, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

•Craving some discussion? Bring your lunch to the Playground, where you can chat with other attendees about safety issues. Share your expertise while learning about the experiences of others.

Plenary Session

Last year’s discussion with Tom Krause, Scott Geller, and Todd Conklin was an eye opening debate into the history of behavior-based safety (BBS), its evolution, and our profession’s shift into new methods for managing safety.

At Safety 2018 in San Antonio, Tom Krause will once again be joined by Scott Geller and Todd Conklin to continue the spirited discussion. While last year’s debate focused on the “what,” this year they’ll focus on the “how”—how do we operationalize all the talk and put it into action?

This year, Tom and his guests will be joined by a “Power Panel” of safety executives:

  • Laurie Shelby, VP of EHS at Tesla Motors
  • Al Johnson, Cargill
  • Ellis Jones, Senior Director, Global EHS&S, Goodyear

Safety 2018 attendees should anticipate a lively debate on several issues, including the role of senior leadership in serious injury and fatality (SIF) prevention, how employee behavior and ineffective workplace systems can lead to SIFs and the most effective ways for safety leaders to engage senior executives. Attend this session on Tuesday, June 5, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Geller, Krause and Conklin will be on hand after the session at 2:00 p.m. Geller will sign copies of his book, Actively Caring for People’s Safety, which offers a vision of a brother’s/sister’s keeper work culture. Krause will sign copies of Seven Insights Into Safety Leadership, which discusses how organizational leaders can become excellent in safety on purpose. Conklin will also sign copies of Pre-Accident Investigations: Better Questions, which challenges safety and reliability professionals to ask better questions in order to receive better answers.

Meet the Authors

An informal meet-and-greet will be hosted on Monday, June 4 at 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Marketplace with Richard Olawoyin and Darryl Hill, editors of Safety Leadership and Professional Development.