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To Help Students Transition to Career in Safety, The American Society of Safety Engineers to Host Future Leaders Conference in Louisville

Posted in on Thu, Oct 23, 2008

Des Plaines, IL (October 23, 2008) — To engage future safety professionals in the field of occupational safety, health and the environment (SH&E) and to help them transition into the working world after school, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is sponsoring its 4th annual Future Safety Leaders Conference (FSLC) at the Marriott – Downtown Louisville in Louisville, KY, this November 6 – 8.

The conference, designed for ASSE student members, was created to prepare the future safety professionals for the transition from student life to employment. The theme of the 4th annual conference is “Networking, Professionalism, and the Business of Safety.” The schedule includes: presentations from keynote speaker Julius E. Rhodes, SPHR, and former ASSE student member and ASSE leader Michael F. Murray; educational sessions ranging from real-life safety experiences to roundtable discussions featuring industry leaders; a quiz bowl; and opportunities for students to network with peers. The round table discussions will provide students with insights from professionals who work in a variety of safety careers on a daily basis along with insight into business operations. The event, sponsored by ASSE, the ASSE Foundation, Liberty Mutual Group and the Washington Division of URS, is offered at no cost to ASSE student members.

Keynote speaker Rhodes, will present “The Politics of Safety,” focusing on how to balance safety and operations in the workplace including the required attributes that a safety professional must possess individually, the business acumen they must exhibit, and the realization that the history of the safety profession impacts their ability to get things done in the present and future.

“In today’s operational environment, getting things done is as much a function of who we know and how we are able to relate to them as it is what we know,” said Rhodes. “With that as a backdrop, the ability to navigate the political landscape in an organization is essential in order to execute the responsibilities of the safety profession.”

Rhodes, an active professional member of ASSE, currently serves as principal of mpr group, a broad based human resources consulting firm providing customized training, consulting and project management services. Rhodes is also a member of the ASSE Greater Chicago Chapter and the ASSE Blacks in Safety Engineering (BISE) Common Interest Group.

Murray will present “Safety Professional Meets Wall Street.” During the presentation Murray will discuss the impact of the current economic crisis on safety and health and provide advice on how to communicate the value of safety and health with focus on contributing to an organization’s competitive advantage in terms familiar to senior executives.

“For years safety professionals have identified areas where changes or modifications are needed within an organization by focusing time, energy and resources relating to actual or possible liabilities to a company,” said Murray. “Examples of success translated to best practices with the outcome of value added to the profit/loss of a company. Largely this contribution has been undervalued by management because rather than expressing the value of safety in business terms, safety professionals have communicated using technical safety terms. However, given the financial crisis impacting today’s global economy and corporations’ desire for sustainable development and socially responsible investment, organizations are receptive to incorporating valued contributions in safety and health if that contribution is communicated in a business case relative to the competitive advantage it bestows.”

Murray currently serves as director and national practice leader of Casualty Risk Control for Aon’s Global Risk Consulting Practice. An active member of ASSE since attending Keene State College where he studied occupational safety and served as treasurer of ASSE Student Section, he has also served as chapter president for both ASSE’s Metropolitan New York and Greater Boston chapters. He is also currently a member of the ASSE Risk Management, Consulting, Transportation and International Practice Specialties.

Other presentations will include: a message from the ASSE President Warren K. Brown, CSP, ARM; “The Graduate Safety Professional Designations and Scholarships” presented by Brad Giles of the Washington Division of URS; “Business Skills” by ASSE Senior Vice President Darryl Hill, CSP; Liberty Mutual’s Ron Schwartz will present “So What are You Going to do Now;” and there will be a case study on “Life After Graduation” presented by the ASSE Young Professionals in SH&E Common Interest Group. Breakout sessions will include mock interviews, resume critiques, workplace challenges, ethics in safety, and achieving success in a safety career.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to www.asse.org.



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