2017 Keynote Speaker

Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE

Gard is a tears-in-your-eyes funny keynote speaker who teaches people to be more resilient and resourceful, and coaches businesses on how to enhance productivity and employee enthusiasm. During his presentation Tim will show participants how to enhance productivity and employee enthusiasm by using humor based stress diffusion tactics. Tim provides an unforgettable experience that improves the quality of interactions. At the same time, he’s instilling an enthusiasm for non-malicious mischief that no one should live without!

Jan McInnis

Finding the Funny in Change

Whether it’s going green or the myriad of new rules that govern the safety industry, we are constantly reacting to a new playing field. Change can cause fear, tension and miscommunications. By using the tactics shared in Jan's presentation you can learn to better embrace change and learn to have fun while change is happening.


Flourishing in Failure; Managing Mistakes like a Comedian

Comedians have a very high profile job, so when they flub up, or something goes wrong, it needs to be fixed fast and on the spot. During this presentation, Jan will give tips on how to handle mistakes and avoid a mix of heated situations with humor, adaptability, and reduced fear.   


Stressed to Kill Me

Stress related health issues are quickly becoming the number one health epidemic.  Stress and stress associated issues cost businesses millions of dollars each year in lost time and disability.  In “Stressed to Kill” Sylvia takes an in-depth look at the effects of stress, shares her powerful tools to reduce stress as well as personal strategies for becoming the boss of your stress.


Rules of Engagement

Engagement at work can be a significant determinant of a healthy bottom line. In organizations where employee engagement is high, there is higher retention, profitability, customer service, loyalty, innovation, creativity, and well-being, both professionally and personally. This presentation will teach you how to build more engagement in your workforce and workforce initiatives.

Megan Arrington-Williams

Get Out of Your Head to Get into It: A journey of mindfulness and movement

Join Megan Arrington-Williams (200 RYT), in a conversation and workshop on mindfulness and the effects it can have to the body, both physically and neurologically. You will walk away with the tools to begin a mindfulness practice that will impact your work, home and social lives. 

Kaiti George

Eating Healthy on the Go

When you’re busy and on the go, it can be easy to skimp on healthy meals and snacks. If you find yourself frequently relying on take-out or the drive-through then this session is for you.  Join Kaiti as she provides examples of simple and healthy meal and snack options for work and home.  

Mercedes Ramirez Johnson

Second Chance Living™ –
Don’t Count on Second Chances

Many people feel so overwhelmed by daily pressures and obligations that they find themselves in Survival Mode. They are operating with the assumption that there will always be a tomorrow in which they can fix today’s problems, right today’s wrongs and take care of the truly important things they wished they’d done today. Second Chance Living is a transformational program that moves participants to put their challenges in perspective and to carefully consider how the choices they make will profoundly affect their future.


Get It Right Today, Not Tomorrow

The pilots of Flight 965 were expertly trained, highly skilled and very experienced. Yet they were lulled into a false sense of security and a disregard for standard operating procedures that led to a series of human errors and, ultimately, the deaths of 160 people. Using the factual account of the crash of Flight 965 and safety investigation findings as anchors, Mercedes will demonstrate the profound impact of individual choices and the devastating results of ignoring safety procedures.

Eldeen Pozniak

Made to Stick – Communicating so People Listen & Are Motivated

This session is geared to creating a safety message that sticks – that the information is understood, it's remembered and it changes something. Sticky messages have common traits that allow the individual sending the message and the message to be the difference maker. Come to this session to learn how you can make your ideas, messages, and information stickier and affect the change that you are looking for. 


What is Up with the B.S. – Being Safe!

At times everyone questions why we do safety, how we do safety, and how can we avoid the B.S. to Being Safe.  Eldeen Pozniak will take you on a journey to explore your foundations for safety and consider some key tools with a few laughs along the way. 


Developing A Best Safety
Culture Change

Every organization has a culture and that culture can be expected to impact all aspects of the business including safety.  This session will reflect in the organization's system of norms and values, history influence, work process and physical environment and modes of communication and style of management to understand “how we do things around here”. Then we will explore some ways it can be modified to give a higher priority to safety on an individual and organizational level. 

Dr. Tim Ludwig

You Can't Fix Stupid: Turn the Lights Back On

Want to turn the lights off on your safety culture?  Then go and blame the worker.  Call out the fact that injuries are their fault … and lose the chance to learn. Attend this session to learn how to improve your safety culture. 


Behavioral Safety 101:
An Evidence-Based Practice

Behavioral Safety has been used effectively for over 40 years to reduce injury and human suffering in a multitude of industries all around the world. Behavioral Safety evolved from the findings of Behavioral Science whose research has supported innovations in the field over the decades with proven results. This presentation will present the science behind behavioral safety as well as how to design, implement and evaluate an employee-based observation and feedback process.


All I know about Safety I Learned from my Kids

Workplace safety and a culture of discipline in an organization demonstrate how we actively care for others. Join Dr. Ludwig as he demonstrates how his children taught him important lessons about safety.  In his presentation we will learn about reinforcement, actively caring, and setting an example as the most effective methods of shaping safety in our homes and workplace.

Gary McDougall

Prevention & Prediction; Workplace Bullying

Workplace bullying is insidious, but present in almost every workplace to varying degrees. This course will identify specific behaviors, look at ways in which you can protect yourself from the workplace bully and give you a strategy in the event you find yourself the target of the workplace bully.


Workplace Violence

This course is designed to raise your awareness around workplace violence issues. Traditional thinking tells us this is not an issue we need to concern ourselves with, however the reality is that workplace violence IS occurring in our world. This course will invite you to examine risk within the context of YOUR workplace and look at ways in which you can best manage those risks.

Rodney Grieve

Six and ½ Simple Tools to Prove Value, Gain Cooperation and Save Lives

Rodney Grieve motivates managers to move from profit-eating compliance to profit-saving improvements, exposing the myths of traditional safety management along the way. Companies that implement just a few of the tools Rodney presents consistently report an immediate, positive impact on their safety programs. After hearing Rodney’s message, you will not only think differently about workplace safety, you will be armed with the tools necessary to create change.


Identifying Cultural Hazards:
4 Clues Your Organization Is
Out of Balance

Traditional health and safety risk assessments are focused on hazard identification. But what if the hazards are not physical or chemical? What if they are cultural? How can you identify cultural hazards that have a profound effect on safety, productivity, and quality? In this session, you will examine systems that degrade trust and credibility, learn the most effective methods to identify latent elements that signal a culture at risk without spending thousands of dollars and hours on a cultural assessment, and take away tools to help minimize these cultural pressures.

Jeff Funke,

OSHA Depart.
of Labor,
Area Director

OSHA's New Enforcement Programs

Have you been keeping up on the OSHA changes?  This session will focus on enforcement programs and other OSHA updates in our state. You will hear firsthand what OSHA has been up to lately and what their focus will be for the upcoming months. Many changes have taken place from record keeping to LEP’s (Local Emphasis Programs).


Fall Protection

Fall Protection has continued to be one of the highest and most frequently cited violations. This session will focus on ALL fall protection requirements including construction and general industry. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions concerning requirements that can assist them in complying with the OSHA regulations.

Shawn Galloway

Behavior-Based Safety: Haters, Apostles and the Uninformed

During this presentation Shawn will share case studies, lessons learned, most important considerations and hidden pitfalls of BBS program implementation and design. Shawn promises this will be the best 60 minutes you will ever spend on this topic.


Safety Leadership: Trust, Buy-In, Ownership – At All Levels

Do employees perform excellently because you inspire them or because they are fearful?  Do you want a culture of have-to or want-to? To create sustainable, above-and-beyond performance in others, you must create a situation in which an individual feels motivated to provide critical discretionary effort. Attend this session to learn how to evolve from managing compliance to coaching for discretionary performance vital to achieving excellence in safety performance and culture.


How to Establish a Culture of
Safety Excellence

Safety culture is more than a buzzword; it is in fact the most effective sustainability tool available to you and your organization. When the desired beliefs, decisions, behaviors and stories are in place, creating shared values, little prodding and supervision is needed. Safety culture, if properly leveraged, will become the strategy execution catalyst. Attend this presentation to learn how to understand what makes up your culture and ensure it is aligned with your safety excellence strategy.