General & Plenary Sessions

Get energized by daily General Sessions delivered by inspiring though leaders and ask panelists live questions during our thought-provoking Plenary Sessions.

Tuesday, June 23 | 7:30AM – 9:00AM | Opening General Session

The Science of Positive Growth Mind-Set

Neil Pasricha | NY Times Bestselling Author and TED Speaker
Neil Pasricha

Does great work lead to happiness? Or does happiness lead to great work? Neil Pasricha will share counterintuitive research-based answers in a fun, fast-paced, research-grounded tour of the emerging neuroscience and positive psychology landscape. He will show you how to get to the question, “Would you press a button and have 31% higher productivity, 37% higher sales and 300% greater creativity on Monday morning?”

Wednesday, June 24 | 7:30AM – 9:00AM | General Session

Standout Relationships: Life Would Be Easy If It Weren't for Other People

Connie Podesta | Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker and Author
Connie Podesta

Imagine what you could accomplish if you could understand what makes people do what they do and say what they say. Research shows our ability to get along with others, at work and at home, is key to success. How we choose to relate to, communicate with, be accountable to, resolve conflict with and garner respect from other people directly impacts our ability to be happy, develop healthy relationships, collaborate effectively and experience success. Human relations expert Connie Podesta will share insight and tools to help us act rather than just react to whatever life throws our way.

Wednesday, June 24 | 1:00PM – 2:00PM | Plenary Session

Tech Trends: The Rapidly Changing World of Safety

Each day we hear about emerging technologies and approaches like wearables, robotics, and predictive analytics. These developments can help you protect workers and improve safety in your organization. But they also can introduce new risks and may carry high costs that diminish organizational support. Our panelists will discuss some proven ways to incorporate technology into your safety program, review associated risks and share their tips for integrating safety as your company embraces these technology solutions.


Brad D Giles, P.E., CSP
Bradley Giles & Associates

Dr. Nick Nichols
Professor, Director, J. J. Keller University Program
Department of Occupational Safety and Health
Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Arthur Schwartz, CAE
Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel, National Society of Professional Engineers
Executive Director, National Academy of Forensic Engineers
Corporate Secretary, Discover E - National Engineers Week Foundation

Treasa M. Turnbeaugh, PhD, MBA, CSP, ASP, CET, CAE, IOM
Chief Executive Officer
Board of Certified Safety Professionals

Stephanie M Gurnari, CSP
Risk Engineering Service Branch Manager

Thursday, June 25 | 9:15AM – 10:30AM | Plenary Session

Diversity and Inclusion: Designing a Safer Future

Diversity and inclusion are critical talent and growth issues for organizations around the world. These factors impact productivity, profitability and safety. As a safety professional, how can you help ensure that all workers feel welcome, appreciated and accepted? How can your efforts to engage all employees improve your organization’s performance? What can we do to better protect worker populations that currently suffer a disproportionate number of injuries and fatalities? Our panel will tackle these challenges, share lessons learned and explore how we can all be part of the solution.


Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP
Law Office of Adele L Abrams PC

Stephanie Hopper
KSF Consulting

Marcos Iglesias, MD, FAAFP, FACOEM
SVP/Chief Medical Officer
Broadspire, a Crawford company

Eldeen E Pozniak, CRSP, CMIOSH
Pozniak Safety Associates Inc

Thomas E. Kramer, P.E., CSP
Managing Principal
LJB, Inc.

Thursday, June 25 | 2:00PM – 3:15PM | Closing General Session

Because I Said I Would

Alex Sheen | TEDxTalk Speaker, Author and Humanitarian
Alex Sheen

The importance of a promise gets lost all too often in our fast-paced world. It’s too easy to say, “I’ll get to it” or “Tomorrow.” We have become numb to the disappointment from broken commitments, and this numbness can affect all aspects of our lives. Alex Sheen believes that every individual can be a person of their word, as reflected in his own journey launching and building the “because I said I would” viral social movement. Cap off Safety 2020 by making a renewed commitment to those you work with as well as those you love.

ASSP Thanks Its Sponsors


  • Amazon


  • Cintas
  • Clicksafety
  • Grainger

Conference Sponsor

  • Avetta
  • Glen Guard

Conference Supporter

  • Chubb
  • Fritolay
  • SafeStart

For more than 50 years, the ASSP’s Professional Development Conference has been and will continue to be the direct reflection of what is taking place in the occupational, safety and health industry.

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