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Call for Speakers: 2021 Safety Leadership Conference

Jan. 5, 2021
Safety professionals are invited to submit proposals to speak at this year's Safety Leadership Conference in Cleveland and virtually, Nov. 9-11.

EHS Today's Safety Leadership Conference is the premier education and networking opportunity for leaders in occupational safety and health, compliance and risk management. The 2021 Safety Leadership Conference will be held Nov. 9-11, 2021, in Cleveland, Ohio, at the Huntington Convention Center, as well as virtually. This year, the Safety Leadership Conference joins with 2021 Manufacturing & Technology Show, a new hybrid event designed to cover the total manufacturing industry and provide actionable intelligence to fuel the pursuit of excellence.

We need your participation to make this conference a success. Here's how you can help move the industry forward: We're seeking EHS professionals with practical experience in managing and leading safety operations at their companies or organizations. In particular, we're looking for safety leaders who are willing to share best practices in keeping their workforces safe, as well as lessons learned in what works and what doesn't.

We welcome submissions from consultants or vendors as well, but such proposals will only be considered if paired with a co-presenter who is an active safety professional in manufacturing, distribution, construction, or another industry sector.

See the 2020 event schedule here for examples.

2021 Tracks and Topics


Historically, the election of a new U.S. President has resulted in new leadership and administration of safety at the federal level. These new directions in safety standards and regulations can greatly impact on the landscape of EHS compliance. Speakers in the Compliance track offer their insights into what safety leaders need to know to ensure their organizations remain in compliance with the latest rules and regulations.

Construction Safety:

The Construction Safety track focuses on the demanding task of managing construction site safety. EHS professionals from construction companies as well as industry professionals who have helped fine-tune the safety culture at small-, medium- and large-sized construction firms share their tips for improving construction site safety. This includes everything from increasing employee engagement, to using technology, to help manage safety, to developing programs for other aspects of construction such as fall protection and PPE.

Fleet Safety:

This track focuses on programs and best practices that keep drivers, technicians, other employees and the general public safe. From complying with drivers’ hours of service rules to collision-prevention efforts, the Fleet Safety track focuses on how fleets can reduce risk, stay in compliance with regulations and improve operating efficiency.

Safety & Risk Management:

In this track, EHS and risk management professionals offer their insights about safety leadership and establishing a safety culture, whether it be at a single facility or throughout an entire corporation. Winners of the America's Safest Companies awards are featured along with safety professionals from other leading organizations that share lessons learned and best practices in risk management.

Safety Technology:

Learn how the latest in safety technology can be integrated into the workplace to reduce injuries and illnesses. From identifying and tracking leading indicators via software, sensors and IoT, to state-of-the-art production improvements, to futuristic robotics, this track offers a look at the future of safe work.

To Receive Preference in the Review Process, Proposals Should:

  • Focus on how to create a safety culture in the workplace
  • Engage the audience in a highly creative or interactive way
  • Be applicable to safety professionals in various industries, at companies of all sizes
  • Provide practical takeaways attendees can either implement immediately or that drive robust discussions about new ways to improve operations

Benefits of Speaking

As a speaker, you receive one (1) complimentary full conference pass to Safety Leadership Conference (which includes full access to all activities and events within The Manufacturing & Technology Show); your name published on promotional material, website, and program; recognition as a leader in your field; and a discounted conference rate for your colleagues.

How to Submit

If you are an EHS professional and would like to share your professional experiences and program successes with a larger audience, we encourage you to respond to our Call for Speakers. We particularly would like to hear from you if your company is a previous winner of the America’s Safest Companies award.

Click here to submit your proposal. Submissions will be evaluated by editorial staff members and chosen based on the topic relevancy and related speaker experience. The deadline for proposals is February 19, 2021.

Can We Help?

Further questions? Contact Dave Blanchard, senior content director, at [email protected]; Nicole Stempak, managing editor, at [email protected]; or Stephanie Fieldman, conference manager, at [email protected].

About the Author

EHS Today Staff

EHS Today's editorial staff includes:

Dave Blanchard, Editor-in-Chief: During his career Dave has led the editorial management of many of Endeavor Business Media's best-known brands, including IndustryWeekEHS Today, Material Handling & LogisticsLogistics Today, Supply Chain Technology News, and Business Finance. In addition, he serves as senior content director of the annual Safety Leadership Conference. With over 30 years of B2B media experience, Dave literally wrote the book on supply chain management, Supply Chain Management Best Practices (John Wiley & Sons, 2021), which has been translated into several languages and is currently in its third edition. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at major trade shows and conferences, and has won numerous awards for writing and editing. He is a voting member of the jury of the Logistics Hall of Fame, and is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.

Adrienne Selko, Senior Editor: In addition to her roles with EHS Today and the Safety Leadership Conference, Adrienne is also a senior editor at IndustryWeek and has written about many topics, with her current focus on workforce development strategies. She is also a senior editor at Material Handling & Logistics. Previously she was in corporate communications at a medical manufacturing company as well as a large regional bank. She is the author of Do I Have to Wear Garlic Around My Neck?, which made the Cleveland Plain Dealer's best sellers list.

Nicole Stempak, Managing Editor:  Nicole Stempak is managing editor of EHS Today and conference content manager of the Safety Leadership Conference.

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