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Driving Safety Leadership Topic of ASSE’s November Florida Symposium

Posted in on Thu, Sep 13, 2012

DES PLAINES, IL (September 13, 2012) –   Increasing occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals impact on workplace safety and their organization through effective leadership will be front and center at the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE)  ‘Safety is About Leadership’ symposium to take place in Orlando, Florida, this November 1-2.  The symposium features keynote speakers, sessions and interactive workshops.

ASSE members note SH&E professionals need to communicate their work results to corporate leaders. They must develop and communicate in business terms their results on protecting people, property and the environment, and how that work contributes positively not only to the bottom line, but to a brand’s positive reputation, sustaining high performance, workers comp cost savings, and more. Many SH&E professionals, it has been noted, struggle with finding how to present the facts and to reach their organization’s decision makers with this information. Further, ASSE members note this is important to garnering corporate strategic and financial support for workplace safety and health programs and systems.

The ASSE ‘Safety is about Leadership’ symposium will feature presentations from top business, academic, international and corporate leaders. They will discuss critical leadership skills, how to employ best practices to effectively lead, what the best business schools are teaching about leadership and garnering C-Suite support.

University of Notre Dame Professor at the Mendoza College of Business Dr. J. Michael Crant will provide a keynote presentation on best practices of great leaders on Thursday, November 1. The Center for High Performance President/CEO Susan Annunzio, former adjunct professor of management at the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business, will discuss leadership strategy for an environment that drives high performance which is based on proactive, fact-based decisions, confronting harsh realities, leveraging individual and team talents, adapting quickly to change and finding opportunities in challenging times.

Other topics to be covered during the two-day symposium include: critical leadership skills; strategic thinking; safety and leadership – oil and water; leadership strategies that work best, generation by generation; building sustainable leadership; transformational safety leadership; meta decisions in corporate safety; negotiation skills for safety leaders; leadership without borders; assessment for proactive leadership; and,  from safety manager to business partner.

The symposium will be held at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista hotel in the Walt Disney World Resort.  Registration includes 1.3 continuing education credits (CEUs).

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment.  ASSE’s 35,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members are committed to protecting people, property and the environment. They manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. Go to for more information or contact ASSE at

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