Taking place from 13-15 March 2019 at the magnificent Omni Houston in Houston, Texas, the US edition of our HSE Insight Summit will bring together senior health and safety decision-makers and business leaders from across North America to discuss industry challenges, opportunities and current best practice.

The summit will focus on key topics such as: how to build a safety culture using management software tools, leadership and training; improving process safety; and revisiting risk management for a rapidly changing environment.

From case studies that lift the lid on operations inside best-in-class organizations, to workshops and collaborative sessions that focus on real challenges and future technology innovations, to one-to-one meetings with industry peers offering practical advice tailored to your specific needs, the summit provides you with everything you need to implement your key projects more effectively.

Our Approach

Every GDS Summit has one stated aim: to help attending executives implement their key projects more effectively. We do this by developing an in-depth understanding of those executives' project needs, the business outcomes they want to achieve, and the challenges they face in terms of hitting those goals.

Who Attends

Our summits are designed for executives looking to take their business to the next level – from market-leading brands to disruptive new entrants. As such, we’ve worked with some of the world’s best-loved and most forward-thinking businesses.
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Past Attendees

At previous events we've helped executives from some the world's most significant firms - as well as the most forward-thinking - to address their project challenges.
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Steve Trickel
VP Safety
Zachry Group
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Allison Montgomery
Global EHS Director
Harris Corporation
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Dennis Bonney
Director HSE & Regulatory Compliance
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Nancy Kralik
Sr. Director HSE & Sustainability
Fluor Corporation
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Robert Sheninger
VP HSE & Regulatory Compliance
Talos Energy
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John Dony
Director EHSS
National Safety Council
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Veerle Slenders
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Jay Harf
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Steve Krile
Director HSE/HR Process Excellence
Cooper Standard Automotive
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Regis Santos
Global Director Health & Safety
Archer Daniels Midland
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Carol Powell
VP Global EHSS
Bristol Myers Squibb
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Jeff Blake
Global Director, EHS
Lear Corporation

6 Challenges in Health, Safety & Environment

Our summit is focused on solving your strategic challenges
  • To create a happier, healthier, safer working culture. And demonstrate effectiveness every step of the way.
  • To better use data and predictive analytics to iterate and drive a program of continuous improvement.
  • To understand the latest thinking in HSE management, compliance, and communication.
  • To create a lasting safety culture through scalable, meaningful and formalized programs (on every budget).
  • To bridge the gap between your multigenerational workforce.
  • To secure executive engagement and accountability for all aspects of a lasting safety culture.
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Summit Schedule

3 Days - 3 Summit Themes - 15 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Wednesday March 13, 2019
Summit registration
1:00pm - 6:00pm

Grab your name badge, say hello, activate the onsite app and prepare to leave the office behind for two-and-a-half days of networking, learning and intelligence gathering.

Welcome address
3:30pm - 3:45pm

What? When? How? Where? Join our Master of Ceremonies for a brief welcome and orientation session, where we’ll explain your itinerary for the next few days.

Welcome Briefing
3:45pm - 4:25pm

Advancements in technology are keeping the American workforce safer and healthier than ever before. Data, wearables, and promoting a safety culture mindset are all contributing factors. This summit brings together senior health and safety decision makers who are focused on improving EH&S, sustainability, safety culture, software tools, leadership and training.

4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 1: Best practices in adopting and utilizing EH&S Digital Technologies
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 2: Safety Culture Mindset: The tools for high performance
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 3: Risk Planning: Predict and Prevent Injury at the Source
Cocktail reception
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Time to kick off your heels, loosen those ties and get to know your fellow summit attendees. Relax, drinks are on us.

Gala dinner & keynote
7:00pm - 10:00pm

From independent thinkers to technology pioneers to execs from some of the world’s most progressive brands, our keynote speakers are handpicked to provide you with the insight you need to inspire your next business decision.

Thursday March 14, 2019
7:00am - 8:00am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

Keynote Speech
8:05am - 8:30am
Breakfast Keynote Address
Collaborate: The HSE Debate
8:35am - 9:30am

6 tables, 6 hot topics: in this session, you choose where you sit, who you sit with and what you want to discuss. The takeaways are down to you: have your say, question others and find your own answers.

  1. Safety Culture
  2. Serious Injury & Fatality prevention
  3. Digital Transformation in EH&S: VR, AI, Telematics
  4. Developing an effective employee wellness program
  5. Human & Operational Performance
  6. Data Management & Insights
  7. Road Mapping
  8. Optimized training: Engagement & Implementation
9:35am - 10:15am
Session 1: Growing Pains: How to reach Safety Culture Maturity
10:20am - 11:00am
Session 2: Fatigue Risk Can be Predicted and Effectively Managed
Coffee & networking
11:00am - 11:20am

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

11:20am - 12:00pm
Session 3: High-Tech Safety: Wearables
12:05pm - 12:45pm
Session 4: Importance of Effective Sustainable Health and Safety Culture in the Workplace
Keynote Speech
12:50pm - 1:30pm
Lunch Keynote: Prevention, Protection, and Performance: Taking Hand Protection Deeper
Lunch & networking
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch, and prepare to meet the afternoon head-on.

2:30pm - 3:10pm
Session 5: Complying with OSHA Regulations: Changes You MUST Watch For
3:15pm - 3:55pm
Session 6: Increasing Employee Engagement & Empowerment Utilizing a Recurrent Risk Assessment Approach
Coffee & networking
3:55pm - 4:05pm

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

4:05pm - 4:45pm
Session 7: Challenges and Opportunities in Corporate Sustainability Programs
4:50pm - 5:30pm
Session 8: Challenge, Change and Stay Curious
5:35pm - 6:15pm
Session 9: The Future of EH&S: Where Will the Job Take You?
Attendee Downtime
6:15pm - 7:00pm

Time for a well-deserved break in your busy schedules.

Dinner & experience
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Time for some fun; you’ve earned it. Join us for our second night’s dinner and entertainment. Details to follow.

Friday March 15, 2019
Keynote Speech
7:30 am - 8:30 am
Keynote Breakfast Panel: Perception, Reality, Action! Using Perception Surveys to Understand and Improve the HSE Culture.
8:30 am - 9:10 am
Session 10: Leading Indicators, Metrics and Analytics
9:15 am - 9:55 am
Session 11: Employee Health and Wellbeing
10:00 am - 10:40 am
Session 12: The Future of EH&S Tech is Already Here
Coffee & networking
10:40 am - 10:50 am

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

10:50 am - 11:30 am
Session 13: Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems
11:35 am - 12:15 pm
Session 14: Playing it Safe From Top to Bottom
12:20 pm - 1:00 pm
Session 15: Closing panel & wrap up - Talking points and key takeaways
Lunch & farewells
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch for your journey home.

Summit Location

Omni Houston, Texas

Our events take place at some of the most prestigious venues in the world. Five-star accommodation, dining and amenities make attending one of our summits both business and pleasure. Being productive has never been so much fun.

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Senior executives love our summits because of the unparalleled opportunity to meet people with ideas on how to move their key projects forward. But don’t just take our word for it…

To discuss how GDS Summits can help you solve your project challenges contact us on: 0117 921 4000 or email sayhello@gdsgroup.com.