General Sessions

Monday, June 10 | 7:30AM – 9:00AM | General Session

Sponsored by Cintas

Nicole Malachowski: The Power of Challenging Assumptions

Sponsored by CLMI Safety Training

The best organizations and leaders create cultures that engage and harness the diverse ideas, talents and abilities of every person, and in which challenging assumptions and the status quo drives extraordinary success. Nicole Malachowski knows about high-performance cultures and challenging assumptions. As the first female member of the elite U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flying demonstration team, Nicole was part of a team that demanded flawless execution under extreme circumstances because lives literally depended on it. Yet, we don’t simply define her by labeling her the first woman Thunderbird pilot – and that’s the point. To create a culture that challenges assumptions, we must look beyond the obvious. As a mission-ready pilot in three operational squadrons, fighter squadron commander, combat pilot, White House Fellow and adviser, Nicole has constantly challenged assumptions by matching people’s values with the job to be done. Be inspired by the lessons Nicole draws from her distinguished career.

Tuesday, June 11 | 7:30AM – 9:00AM | General Session

Sponsored by SafeStart

Peter Ricchiuti: Uncertainty Brings Opportunity

Sponsored by SafeStart

The decisions made by business leaders and investors during tough times determine their relative condition when things improve. Decision-makers need the proper tools to correctly balance survival and opportunism. Making the right calls involves blocking out the noise and remembering that if a majority of the people were right, a majority of the people would be rich. Peter Ricchiuti is a business professor at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business, a weekly radio business speaker, former assistant state treasurer who managed Louisiana’s $3 billion investment portfolio, and founder of Tulane’s national acclaimed Burkenroad Reports student stock research program. Hear his fresh perspective on today’s financial markets and economy.

Tuesday, June 11 | 1:00PM – 2:00PM | Plenary Session Town Hall Panel

Sponsored by ProcessMAP

Where Do You Draw the Line? Navigating the Expanding Scope of the Safety Professional

The world and its hazards are evolving at an immeasurable rate. Parallelling that pace with the latest regulations, emerging technologies and safety management strategies can feel like a daunting task. Procedural noncompliance and normalization of deviation can sometimes appear to be the only way to keep up. Our diverse panel of industry experts will share insights on some of their most common ethical dilemmas, discuss recommended approaches to execute protectional responsibilities and provide advice for how to practice in a manner that is beyond reproach.


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

Wednesday, June 12 | 9:15AM – 10:30AM | General Session Panel

Marijuana: How State Legalization and Medical Use Affects How We Approach Safety

Join this interactive panel discussion on the ramifications of the increased use and legalization of marijuana and how it affects our efforts to maintain a drug-free workplace. Panelists will share concerns, issues and ideas as we explore the workplace challenges safety professionals face in dealing with the rapidly changing federal and state regulations as well as public views on marijuana.


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.

Wednesday, June 12 | 12:00PM – 1:30PM

Sponsored by BCSP

Keni Thomas: Get It On! What It Means to Lead the Way

BCSP Awards of Excellence Ceremony & Luncheon Presentation

The Ranger motto is “Rangers Lead the Way.” Leadership is at the core of every skill developed as a Ranger. But, leadership is not a position, it’s an example set by every Ranger. In the pace of life, it is easy to lose perspective on our value to others. Make no mistake: Your presence is crucial. Those to your left and right are directly affected by your actions. Good is never enough because better is expected. Former Task Force Ranger Keni Thomas will help you see yourself in the light of extraordinary. It is a choice you can make each day to impact those around you. It is the ultimate definition of leading the way.

Wednesday, June 12 l 2:00PM – 3:15PM | Closing General Session

Scott Hamilton: Unquenchable

Scott Hamilton has walked through some of life’s highest highs and lowest lows, from achieving a gold medal at the Olympics to fighting childhood illness, a cancer diagnosis and three pituitary brain tumors over the years. But Scott knows a life well lived is not defined by what knocks you down but how you get back up. He is passionate about encouraging others to get back up and pursue all life has to offer, believing strongly that every person is capable of making a positive impact. This world-renowned ice skater, philanthropist, actor, producer and author describes success as knowing who you are and going after greatness with an unquenchable spirit. Scott will inspire you, encourage you and provide insight into unleashing your unrealized potential.

ASSP Thanks Its Sponsors


  • Safestart - Diamond Sponsor
  • BCSP - Diamond Sponsor
  • ProcessMAP - Centennial Sponsor
  • Grainger - Centennial Sponsor


  • amazon
  • Cintas - Centennial Sponsor
  • Clicksafety - Diamond Sponsor

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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