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NECA First Annual Safety Leadership Summit

The NECA Safety Leadership Summit was held on November 1 - 3, 2021

NECA's First  Annual Safety Leadership Summit was held November 1 - 3, 2021 at Loews Chicago Hotel in Downtown Chicago.  Over 180 individuals were registered for the Summit.   Nearly a dozen representatives from the Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA  took advantage of the stipend made available covering the cost of the Summit Registration Fee.  

Numerous Safety / Leadership topics were offered during the Summit.  A highlight on the second day of the Summit was the informational session concerning OSHA's COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard.  Powering Chicago also sponsored a special evening Reception on November 2, 2021 at the D-4 Irish Pub & Cafe.

We thank all who were able to support and attend this Summit!

The Program was scheduled as follows:


Opening General Session

Speakers: Jake Harriman

Driving Culture Through Growth

Speakers: Bill Hughes, Milwaukee Tool

Alliance Safety Leadership Roundtable

Safety Leadership

Speakers: Jennifer McNelly, American Society of Safety Professionals

Opening Reception and Exhibitors Trade Show

NECA After Party sponsored by Milwaukee Tool


A New Capacity Model for Incident Prevention

Speakers: Matt Compher, Quanta Services

Developing an Arc Flash Mitigation Strategy

Speakers: Erik Odden, Schneider Electric

Risk Management Strategies for Managing the Impact of Injuries

Speakers: Mike Owens, Axis Risk Services

Innovations of Safety

Speakers: Justin Azbill, Milwaukee Tool

Safety for Effective Leaders

Speakers: John Drebinger

Safety Leadership Traits

Speakers: Mike Johnston, NECA

Q&A with NECA’s Director of Outside Line Safety

Speakers: Mike Starner, NECA

Foundations of Safety Leadership

Speakers: Wes Wheeler, NECA

ET&D Safety Leadership in Action

Speakers: Mike Starner, NECA

Federal Vaccine Mandates and Testing Updates and Q&A

Speakers: Eric J. Conn, Conn Maciel Carey LLP; Aaron R. Gelb, Conn Maciel Carey LLP

Exhibitors Trade Show and Closing Reception

After Party sponsored by Powering Chicago


Connecting the Dots: Safety & Workplace Culture

Speakers: Kahlilah Guyah, EHS Compliance Services Inc

The Impact of Construction Culture and Tradition on Worker Mental Health

Speakers: Bill Heffernan

Software Safety and Cybersecurity: How to Ensure the Safe and Secure Transition to Connected Systems

Speakers: Nicholas Alexiades, UL-CFSX

Please click the link below for further information on the topics that were discussed at the NECA Safety Leadership Summit: 


NECA Safety Leadership Summit 2021

Pictured above is Mark Thomas, ECA Executive Vice President, as he welcomed the attendees.


NECA Safety Leadership Summit 2021

Pictured above is Jef Fagan, NECA Legal Counsel and Vice President, Risk Management,
as he moderated the Summit.

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