2019 Conference Agenda

*Check for updates as the agenda is subject to change.


September 25th – Welcome Reception

6:00-8:00 pm
Cunningham’s Journal Tap & Kitchen
610 W. Talmadge St.

Join us for the pre-party at Cunningham’s new restaurant next to Fairfield Inn & Suites. We’ll provide the food, fun conversation and something to drink. Plan to join us when you can and stay for as long as you’d like. This is a great opportunity for some casual networking in a relaxing environment.


September 26th – Conference

7:00-8:00 am REGISTRATION

7:30-8:15 am Open exhibits

Vendors offering a variety of products and services will be available throughout the conference. Be sure to play the game to win a prize. Interested in being an exhibitor or sponsor? Call 308-865-8258, email gpsho@unk.edu or visit gpsho.org to request information.


8:15-9:30 am – Welcome/keynote
Paul Krismer:
Happiness & Success: The Serious Business of Positive Emotions


9:30-10:00 am – Break/Open Exhibits


10:00-10:50 a.m. – Breakout Sessions

Sylvia!: Happy Hour Begins at 9 am!

Matt Savarick: Headspace LIVE: How Mindfulness will Change Your Life

Tiffany Ott: Intro to Industrial Hygiene

Todd Conklin: Preventing Human Errors: What’s Stopping Us?

David Lynn: Leading Safety Transformation

David Libby: Preventing Serious Injuries and Fatalities

Amber Harper: BURNED-IN Training: Eight Steps to Go from Surviving to THRIVING in Your Career and Life

Greg Ford: Measure Twice, Cut Once: Using a Safety Culture Survey to Identify Safety Gaps


10:50-11:10 am – Break


11:10-12:00 pm – Breakout Sessions

Sylvia!: Respectfully, Up Yours How to Play Nice at Work

Paul Krismer: Combatting Inattention: Mindfulness Matters

Emily Estes: The Principles of Mindful Eating

Trooper Charlie Cook: The Risk & Liability of Unsafe Decisions and Behaviors

Jeff Funke: OSHA's New Enforcement Programs

Carla Reiger: The Top 3 Habits of Highly Resilient People

Greg Ford: Safety Self-Awareness: A New Training Approach to Empower Employees and Reduce Risk


12:00-1:00 pm – Awards luncheon

Companies and schools throughout Nebraska will be recognized for excellence in Safety and Worksite Wellness. Lt. Governor Mike Foley has been invited to present awards to the winners.

1:00-1:30 pm  – Break/Open Exhibits


1:30 pm – MARS Annual Contractor Meeting


1:30 pm – EHA WELLNEss meeting


1:30-2:20 pm – Breakout Sessions

David Lynn: Results Driven Safety Leadership

Jeff McKissick: Predicting Violent Behavior

Todd Conklin: Organizational Development, Conflict Management and Team Building

Tiffany Ott: Drug Awareness

David Libby: Safe Decision Making

Carla Reiger: The Art of Communication:  How to Turn Differences into Win-Win Solutions


2:20-2:40 pm – Break


2:40-3:30 pm – KAAPA Contractor Meeting


2:40-3:30 pm – Breakout Sessions

Sylvia!: Leading with Passion, Purpose & Persuasion: How to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Matt Savarick: Headspace LIVE: How Mindfulness will Change Your Lifes

Jeff McKissick: Reducing Violence in the Workplace

Todd Conklin: Training for Recognizing Unusual Behavior in the Workplace

Amber Harper: Out the Door By 4: How to Create a Productive Work Flow So You Can Leave Work and Live Life!

David Libby: Improving Incident Reporting and Investigation


3:30-4:30 pm – 17th Annual celebration

Finish the game in the Diamond Ballroom at the Celebration. You’ll wrap up the day with games, fun and food. You’ll need to play all the way to the end to have a chance to win prizes including a trip worth $1,500 in airfare and lodging.