Call for Speakers: Safety Leadership Conference 2024

Nov. 21, 2023
We're looking for great speakers for Safety Leadership Conference 2024 in Denver, Aug. 26-28, 2024. We'd love to have you submit a session idea. Here's how.

EHS Today's Safety Leadership Conference is the premier education and networking opportunity for environment, health and safety leaders. The 13th annual Safety Leadership Conference will be held August 26-28, 2024, in Denver (Aurora), Colorado, at the Gaylord Rockies Resort. The theme for next year’s conference is “Safety First, Leadership Always: Bridging the Gap.”

We need your participation to make this conference a success, so we’re issuing an open Call for Speakers. We’re looking for EHS professionals with practical experience in managing and leading safety operations at their organizations. In particular, we’re looking for safety leaders who are willing to share best practices as well as lessons learned; we want to hear what worksand what doesn’t. Our goal is to have a diverse roster of safety professionals speaking on the most current and compelling topics related to workplace safety.

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 at their company. We are also open to proposals for panel discussions involving two or more speakers.

The deadline for proposals is January 8, 2024.

We will be offering four sessions focused on five broad areas of safety excellence, with descriptions for each track below. There will be a total of 20 breakout sessions, and each session will be 30 minutes in length.

2024 Sessions and Topics

Risk Management

Insights and best practices on improving an organization’s safety culture, focusing on the role of safety leadership at both the local and organizational level. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Establishing and maintaining a culture of safety
  • The role of safety professionals in ESG (environmental, social and governance)
  • Ergonomics
  • Building effective safety teams
  • Reducing musculoskeletal disorder injuries
  • Wellness & Total Worker Health

Regulatory Compliance

Speakers in this track offer their insights into what safety leaders need to know to ensure their organizations remain in compliance with the latest rules and regulations. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

  • What to do when OSHA investigates your company
  • Workplace drug testing
  • The changing regulatory climate and what you need to know
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Environmental requirements

The ROI of Safety

One of the most compelling features of SLC is the sharing of best practices (and sometimes worst practices) between safety professionals, including case studies of what worked and what didn’t. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Transformational safety leadership: People, public trust and profits
  • Best practices from past winners of EHS Today’s America’s Safest Companies awards
  • Survivor stories—aftermath of safety accidents
  • Emergency management
  • Transportation and fleet safety case studies
  • How to overcome complacency
  • Business continuity

Safety Technology

Strategies on how to integrate safety technology into the workplace to reduce injuries and illnesses, focusing on real-world applications of both new and time-tested solutions, as we offer a look at the future of safe work. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Smart PPE
  • Cybersecurity
  • Wearables & mobile devices
  • Safety management systems
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Safety data and analytics
  • Robots and automation

Training & Engagement

The effectiveness of any safety program relies on gaining the trust and buy-in of employees. The session will focus on emerging trends in safety management, focusing not only on physical safety but also psychological safety, mental health awareness, and other real-world concerns in the workplace. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) initiatives
  • Mental health awareness
  • Workplace violence
  • Women in safety
  • Suicide prevention
  • Developing and retaining talent

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 out new ways to improve operations.

Benefits of Speaking

As a speaker, you’ll receive one (1) complimentary full conference pass to Safety Leadership Conference 2024 (which includes full access to all activities and events within the event); 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 carefully evaluated by the EHS Today editorial team. We will be reviewing all applicants on their own merits. All applicants will be notified by March 2024, and the speaker lineup will be announced on shortly thereafter. 

Can We Help?

If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact Heather Wainio, conference & speaker manager, at [email protected].

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