2018 Keynote Speaker

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Jeff havens

UnCrapify Your Life
Jeff offers the most unique, entertaining, and memorable professional development solutions that exist. He has a firm belief that making learning fun is the quickest, cheapest, and most effective way to create a culture where people are eager to continually improve. Jeff’s keynote, Uncrapify Your Life! Is a study in what not to do. Promising to give you permission rather than advice, Jeff will entertain you and “encourage” you and your team to criticize others and outsource blame before bringing it home with a serious discussion about proper communication, customer service and accountability practices.

US versus THEM!
If you’ve ever been frustrated by how impossible it seems to employ four different strategies to manage four distinct generations, and if you’ve ever felt like you’re the only one who’s being asked to make any changes, then this session is for you.  During this session you’ll learn a simpler way of looking at your own generational picture, and you’ll also learn how to understand, recognize, and resolve generational obstacles in your workplace and at home. 

2018 Speakers


Emily Estes

The Nourished Life - Finding Health at Every Size

Is it possible to experience health at a size that doesn’t conform to society’s ideals? How do we define health for each individual and how do we derive guidelines to help them achieve recommendations? During this presentation Emily will share the new “Health at Every Size” nutrition movement and why weight alone does not define the degree of health for individuals. Emily will provide the new science behind this movement, basic nutrition information, and tools you can use to make lifestyle changes that will allow you to live a more nourished life – in mind and body.

Linda Edgecombe

Breaking Busy – Finding Peace in the Chaos
Attend this humorous and laid back presentation on breaking the busy cycle and learn how to get yourself, your teams, and your organization on track while increasing workplace happiness and performance.

Pushed to the Limit
Busy is considered the new badge of honor, and is costing Canadian and US Companies over $188 Billion dollars per year in stress-related illnesses and accidents.  Busyness is our new norm, making us sick, depleting our energy and literally causing accidents in our workplaces and homes. Join Linda as she walks you through busyness and its negative effects on individual wellbeing and workplace performance.  Learn how you can step off of the busy treadmill!

Shift or Get off the Pot
Linda will share ideas and solutions for getting a life from her book “Shift or Get off the Pot”.  Linda will provide you with strategies and goals for living a more happy and satisfied life.  This session will leave you inspired and literally ready to take action on living your best life.

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Richard Hawk

Find Your Focus
Every year, in today’s fast-paced world, lack of focus and mental distractions are a major root cause of accidents.  Unfocused acts cost billions of dollars in damage and injury annually. “Find Your Focus” combats this problem by giving you the tools to concentrate better, heighten your attention to detail and effectively manage distractions.

Great Leaders Make Safety Fun
Research has proved that having FUN at work helps you perform better, make fewer mistakes and have fewer accidents. Join Richard as he demonstrates how to leverage your influence to instill a spirit of FUN at your work allowing you and your co-workers to stay safer, be more productive, and go home less stressed at the end of the work day.

The Future of Safety
During this insightful presentation, Richard Hawk who consults with hundreds of companies every year, shares what is on the horizon for the safety and health field and how you and your company can take advantage of the emerging trends to improve your workplace safety culture.

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Meg Soper

Bring It On – Strategies for Success
In this high energy and interactive presentation, Meg examines how emotions, perceptions, and preconceived ideas can impact our day-to-day interactions with others – especially across the generations.  Join this session and learn how generational differences help us create and expand our future, and build a more positive workplace experience.

Humor Is One Size Fits All
This stand-up presentation proves you can find levity in any life situation! Whether you’re facing the perils of middle age or juggling a career and family, Meg will help you find a laugh along the way. Meg will provide some of her stress relieving strategies and show how to embrace her philosophy that “life is too short to stuff a mushroom”. You will leave feeling enlightened, energized, and entertained.

Wit, Fit, and Balance – Strategies for a Positive Workplace
In this session Meg will provide “Strategies for Success” that are lighthearted, fun, and engaging. The powerful theme woven throughout the presentation is that we are in charge of the energy we bring to life’s challenges. Whether faced with stress in the workplace or the inevitable obstacles of daily living, Meg offers a refreshing viewpoint on how we can shift our perspective to be more in control of our thoughts and emotions.


Michael Melnik

The Lighter Side of Sitting, Standing,
Lifting and Stretching

Did you know that there is no “right” way to lift, that sitting and standing can be done without fatigue or what it means to “let your body breathe”? In this high energy, interactive session Michael dispels the myths surrounding "proper" body mechanics and offers practical and effective strategies to increase comfort and productivity.

Language of Safety
Each and every day organizations do hundreds of things in the name of health and safety. They implement policies and procedures, conduct training classes and put up posters. These activities consume energy and resources and don’t always lead to the desired results. This fun, high energy and humorous session offers simple strategies for creating a language around safety that helps everyone in your organization maximize the impact of their efforts.

Getting the Most Out of Your Safety Training
Organizations invest substantial amounts of time and money on training with the goal of improving safety behaviors in their organization. Come join this session and learn new tips, resources, and ideas on how to maximize your safety training efforts.


Jeff Funke

OSHA's New Enforcement Programs
Did you know there have been some OSHA changes this past year?  Join Jeff as he presents the recent OSHA updates in our state. You will hear firsthand about what OSHA has been up to lately and the many changes that have taken place from Recordkeeping to LEP’s (Local Emphasis Programs).


Dr. Keith Karren

The Powerful Effect of Emotions on Your Wellness
Join Dr. Keith Karren as he explores the impact of both positive and negative emotions on our health and well-being, and how we can move our lives in a more positive direction for improved health and wellness.

Mind, Body, and Spirit –
The Triple Bond of Optimal Wellness

Wellness involves a sense of wellbeing that results from the good health of a balanced body, mind, and spirit. Researchers and doctors all over the world have been finding success with mind-body-spirit therapies and how these therapies improve overall wellbeing. Join Dr. Keith Karren as he shares information from his book Body, Mind and Spirit providing you with tips and resources on living a balanced life.


Chip Steensma

Beyond Fixing Symptoms -
How to Effectively Implement Root Cause Analysis

Root Cause Analysis (RCA) is foundational safety process that most organizations perform, but few do with excellence. If you are seeing repeat incidents, your RCA process may be falling short of your expectations. This presentation will help participants understand the difference between fixing symptoms and correcting root causes, effectively implement corrective and preventive action(s), and learn best practices with various root cause analysis techniques.

Become an Advocate for a Strong JHA Process
If your Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) process isn’t eliminating incidents and injuries, it’s time to review and bolster your process from framework to follow-up. During this presentation, you will learn the step-by-step JHA process and alignment with the Safety Management System, and how to recognize hazards and controls for a variety of processes, equipment and jobsites to enable you to be an advocate for a strong JHA process. Learn best practices and get clear directives to improve your existing processes, or build new ones

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Charlie Cook

Presentation: Current Drug & Alcohol Trends
Charlie Cook has been a Trooper with the Nebraska State Patrol since 1997.  During his time with the State Patrol, Charlie has been in a variety of roles but currently spends much of his time traveling the state educating business, schools, and community groups on the emerging trends in Nebraska related to drug and alcohol use and abuse. Join Charlie for an enlightening session on what trends we are experiencing in Nebraska related to drugs and alcohol and what you can do to become more aware of the issue.  


Mary WALSH-Sterup 

Prevention of Musculoskeletal Injury in the Workplace: A Common Sense Approach
This session will review hazard identification and common ‘risk factors’ associated with workplace MSD’s. Join Mary and learn strategies that promote prevention and to identify potential risk within the work place. 


Adele L. Abrams

OSHA Silica Rule…Are you in Compliance?
OSHA's final rule took effect in 2017 for construction and in June 2018 for general industry and maritime. The significantly lowered exposure limits, and requirements to utilize all feasible engineering and work practice controls before resorting to PPE present many new challenges to employers. This session will explain the new mandates and educate you on what you need to know to do your work safely.

OSHA’s NEW Walking-Working Surfaces & Fall Protection Requirements
OSHA's final rule modifying fall protection requirements for general industry worksites offers employers greater flexibility, but it also requires major changes in how workplaces are inspected, and what training must be provided to workers. Join this session to learn about this new rule and how it affects you and your work environment.

OSHA Inspections – What Everyone Needs to Know and
How to Follow-Up after Inspection

OSHA inspection triggers have changed in recent years, with the advent of OSHA's severe injury reporting requirements, and today most inspections are driven by injury reports or by worker hazard complaints, in addition to being triggered by national emphasis programs. What should you do when OSHA shows up? This session will discuss what brings OSHA to your door and how to react after they knock.