Connecting Is Theme of SEDA Safety Leadership Summit

April 25, 2007
Safety professionals aren't the only folks in the industry who attend professional conferences seeking to build their skill sets.

The 2007 Safety Leadership Summit of the Safety Equipment Distributors Association (SEDA) is scheduled for June 10-12 in Lake Tahoe, Calif. The theme, “Connecting Great Ideas and Great People,” also could serve as the mission statement for SEDA, which is the trade association comprised of companies that distribute safety equipment and related products and services. Its member companies are leaders in the distribution of personal protective equipment to a broad spectrum of users. SEDA members connect safety equipment manufacturers with their customers.

Keynote speakers will address universal management issues, such as the globalization of business and managing a diverse workforce. At 8:15 a.m. on Monday, June 11, things get started with Brian Beaulieu of the Institute for Trend Research is an economist with an engaging sense of humor. In his presentation, “Your Business is Global - Like it or Not,” Beaulieu will present the major economic trends that will impact business from now until 2010.

At 10:30 a.m., “Hey Dude! Managing Age Diversity in Today's Workplace,” presented by Robert Wendover from the Center for Generational Studies, asks that age-old question: “How does a 50-someething successfully manage a 20-something?” Wendover says that to thrive in this new world, you must understand the values and attitudes of both new and experienced workers. He promises his presentation takes a look at how generations relate.

At 8 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12, Mac Fulfer explains how “Every Face Tells a Story.” An attorney and jury consultant, Fulfer teaches techniques derived from the practice of face reading, which will provide his audience with an accurate and immediate assessment tool for each person they meet. The ability to “read” people improves negotiating and hiring skills, as well as sales aptitude, and is a skill everyone can use.

Tuesday at 11 a.m., Michael Marks, of the Indian River Consulting Group, examines “Working at Cross Purposes,” how distributors and manufacturers can manage conflict successfully. He will explore what really drives distributor-supplier relationships, how often they go bad and why.

For more information about SEDA or the conference, visit

About the Author

Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is the former content director of EHS Today, and is currently the EHSQ content & community lead at Intelex Technologies Inc. She has written about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990.

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