NAEM Women’s Leadership Roundtable 2021
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Women’s Leadership Roundtable Agenda

Lead, Connect, Grow


NAEM is excited to host our fifth corporate women's environmental leadership roundtable this summer. With a growing and dynamic group of women leaders already active in the NAEM community, we wanted to strengthen this existing network and introduce our members and their colleagues to leaders in the policy, government and think tank arenas for strategic relationship building.


You'll find the program has been designed to include sessions that examine emerging sustainability leadership models as well as behaviors and habits of sustainability leaders. Whether you are a vice president or in the early stages of your career, the program is sure to offer new insights and reinforce core practices for women leaders at all levels of their careers.


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Happy Hour Networking Reception & Platform Orientation

Start your experience off right with our virtual welcome reception. Enjoy a favorite beverage as you learn the features of our unique meeting platform — get ready for valuable small group conversations, better networking and real-time interactions. Come away equipped to engage in every session while meeting and getting reacquainted with NAEM friends at the same time. Cheers!


Wednesday, July 14, 2021

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Opening Remarks and Keynote

As one of the most prominent female environmental regulators, Mary Nichols has played a key role in environmental regulations in California and nationally. She will provide her perspectives and outlook on the current and future state of environmental, societal and regulatory controls. Plus, you’ll hear her leadership insights and lessons-learned throughout the different stages of her career.


  • Mary D. Nichols, Former Chair; California Air Resources Board - Bio
  • Carol Singer Neuvelt, Executive Director; NAEM

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


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

Expanding Your Influence Up and Across

Influential Leadership starts first with a strong awareness of ourselves before we can connect more powerfully with others. What makes us tick? How can I be more influential in my leadership – even without formal authority? And what stops us from doing that? are questions many of us ask. Yet, how to get to the solution?  This program will provide a strong foundation for that.


In this program, you can expect to gain: Greater awareness of what drives you, Actionable tool for creating more influence in your relationships with others and Understanding how to generate the most-desired shifts in yourself for more influential leadership


  • Colleen Slaughter, Managing Partner; Authentic Leadership International/Leadership Advisor to McKinsey & Co. - Bio

1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Facilitated Discussions

Join one of four sessions to engage in a peer-based discussion focused on the topic that is most interesting to you. The success of these sessions will be based on participant dialogue. Come ready to turn your camera and mic on and contribute!


Strategies and Tactics to Build Diverse and Inclusive Teams

This book discussion group will explore the themes, research and recommendations presented in Inclusify, by Stefanie K. Johnson. Attendees are encouraged to read the book in advance and be prepared to share their thoughts and reflections, as well as discuss ways to address personal and systemic biases in support of more inclusive organizations.


You do not have to read the book to participate as key points will be discussed.


  • Discussion Leader: Suseela Akella, Superintendent, Environmental Engineering; CF Industries Inc. - Bio
  • Discussion Leader: Alicia Meads, Manager, Legislative Affairs; CF Industries Inc. - Bio
  • Special Guest: Dr. Stefanie K. Johnson, Author of Inclusify: The Power of Uniqueness and Belonging to Build Innovative Teams - Bio

Team Cohesiveness & Productivity In a Remote Business Environment

Last year’s lockdown radically altered the leader’s playbook. Keeping people engaged and productive required different tools, approaches and a new breed of empathy. Bring your challenges and best practices to this knowledge-sharing session as we discuss pandemic-inspired practices including remote team building, virtual communications, adjustment of expectations, and other distance leading strategies.


  • Discussion Leader - Drena Howard, Executive Director, Global Environmental, Health & Safety; The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. - Bio


Leadership Skills and Practices Needed for the New Normal

How have the events of the last 18 months shifted your career and leadership priorities? What is important to your role now that you couldn’t envision in January 2020? Did you revise your leadership style to meet the needs of your team? Have your career aspirations changed? This group discussion will focus on wisdom gleaned through the pandemic and how this self-knowledge can bring greater clarity and purpose to your work and life.


  • Discussion Leader - Fawn Bergen, Manager, Corporate Sustainability Group; Intel Corp. - Bio

Addressing Workplace Stress and Burn Out

A recent Harvard Business Review article outlines three types of burn out and offers specific actions steps for recovery. Spring boarding from the article, this discussion invites participants to share how they experience burnout and the strategies they’ve used to rejuvenate themselves.


We’ll also examine the importance of compassion and agency in recovering from burnout.


  • Discussion Leader - Diana Opitz, Lead Environmental Compliance Program Manager; Target Corp. - Bio
  • Discussion Leader: Shea Jameel, Corporate Sustainability Manager; The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. - Bio


2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.


2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Profiles in EHS & Sustainability Leadership

This informative panel will feature three accomplished leaders from different spheres of the EHS&S field reflecting on the leadership lessons garnered along their career journeys. From how to push beyond your comfort zone to surviving and thriving amid change and uncertainty, this lively panel will reveal valuable leadership insights everyone can put to use.


  • Margery Moore, Chief Executive Officer; ehsAI - Bio
  • Roberta Barbieri, Vice President, Global Water and Environmental Solutions; PepsiCo Inc. - Bio
  • Boma Brown-West, Director, Consumer Health; Environmental Defense Fund - Bio

Moderated by: Virginia Hoekenga, Deputy Director; NAEM

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


4:00 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.

Keynote: It’s Time: Moving into Practice for People and Planet

Tamara is an environmentalist focused on equity, access, and community. With success in the government, legal and non-profit worlds, Tamara brings unique insights into her leadership. Join us to learn how she created a multiracial and multigenerational climate movement and hear her perspective on the opportunities women have in the environmental and sustainability industry.


  • Tamara Toles O'Laughlin, President and Chief Executive Officer; Environmental Grantmakers Association - Bio

4:40 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

Day 1 Closing Remarks


  • Carol Singer Neuvelt, Executive Director; NAEM

4:50 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

BeSpeake Networking Lounge Open

Join a networking session in the BeSpeake Lounge to meet new people while connecting over a fun activity! It'll be lively and engaging so people can have a great time while making new friends!


Thursday, July 15, 2021

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Day 2 Remarks & Keynote: Keys to Successfully Cultivate and Retain EHS&S Talent

As a proven business leader, Susan knows the importance of finding, nurturing and retaining talent in a competitive global EHS&S job market. Join Susan as she shares her insights on talent development and retention and how ERM is focusing on their greatest asset – their people – to advance their growth and continue their success as one of the top EHS & Sustainability services firm in the field.


  • Susan Angyal, Regional Chief Executive Officer for North America; Environmental Resources Management (ERM) - Bio
  • Carol Singer Neuvelt, Executive Director; NAEM

11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


12:00 p.m.. - 12:40 p.m.

Lunch and Learn: How EHS & Sustainability Leaders Can Play a Role in Advancing Environmental Justice

As companies get more and more pressure to address how they are managing environmental justice, it is imperative that they look at the issue holistically. Join this presentation to understand how Pfizer is taking a look at current and future regulations into account and their impact on the environment and society to build a robust environmental justice program.


  • Sally Fisk, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Chief Counsel - Environmental & Sustainability Law; Pfizer Inc. - Bio

12:40 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Exploring Leadership at Different Stages of Your Career: Interactive Discussion Sessions

Join one of three sessions to engage in a peer-based discussion focused on the topic that is most interesting to you. The success of these sessions will be based on participant dialogue. Come ready to turn your camera and mic on and contribute!


Focusing in on Your Leadership Legacy

For senior leaders, this forward-thinking session helps you envision ways to create a more enduring contribution to your company or community through your leadership legacy. What lasting impact do you want to leave? Join this discussion with other senior leaders to explore what a leadership legacy means to you and how you can formalize your contributions to positively influence future generations.


  • Discussion Leader: Maria Sison-Roces, Manager of Corporate Sustainability Programs; Los Angeles Department of Water and Power - Bio
  • Discussion Leader: Carolyn Casavan, Principal Engineer; Casavan Consulting - Bio

How Are You Transitioning Your Skillset For Senior Leadership

How have you sought to transition from an individual contributor to strategic leader? Share your experiences and ask questions of your peers about how they are attempting to make this critical career transition.


  • Discussion Leader: Nicole Wilkinson, Director, Corporate Environmental; CVS Health Corp. - Bio

Practical Advice on How to Get a Mentor

Looking for a mentor to support your career growth? Ready to give back as a mentor? This session tackles both sides of a successful mentee/mentor partnership with insights from current and former mentors. Learn how to identify and approach a potential mentor or mentee. Receive guidance on how to establish and maintain a productive mentoring relationship, and get advice on ways to clarify roles, expectations, and goals.


  • Discussion Leader: Katie Chrisler, EHS Manager; Bunzl Distribution North America - Bio

1:50 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Building a Cross Functional Team to Manage Complex Issues

To strategically address ESG issues at AEP, Sandy engaged company leaders from Investor Relations, Finance, Risk Management and Sustainability. As the convener of this complex, cross functional team, she’ll share her reflections on how she assembled the group, the challenges she overcame to bring them together, and why each function is critical to her company’s ESG strategy & execution.


  • Sandy Nessing, Managing Director, Corporate Sustainability; American Electric Power Co. Inc. - Bio

Moderator: Deborah Briggs, Vice President, EHS, Security and Facilities; Polaris Industries Inc. - Bio

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Closing Keynote: The H.E.A.L. Community - Moving Beyond Mentorship

You may know her from “Real Housewives of Atlanta” or WeTV’s “Braxton Family Values,” Dr. Sherry is a therapist to the stars who will share a message of empowerment. She will inspire us as she explores the opportunities and responsibilities of being a woman leader. Learn why moving beyond mentoring to create a community of women who intentionally champion one another is mission critical.


  • Dr. Sherry, Licensed Clinical Psychologist – Media Personality – Speaker - Author – Mental Health Expert - Bio

4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks


  • Carol Singer Neuvelt, Executive Director; NAEM



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