Safe at Work Breakfast Series

Safe-at-Work-Breakfast-Series-Logo_300x78.pngJoin us for our monthly meeting and networking group. Individuals from different industries gather to learn about new safety techinques. Meet with other safety professionals while enjoying breakfast. 

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Making a Difference - Steve Gilliland | October 24, 2019


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Session and Speaker Bios

October 24, 2019

Making a Difference-
Steve Gilliland

Presentation Information: Focusing on the conscious choices we make every day that impact the lives of others, Making a Difference™ is an eye-opening and heartfelt keynote detailing how to positively influence people in every imaginable way, regardless of position or status. Each of us has the potential to transform the culture of an organization through
our actions and attitude.

This presentation centers on three empowering dynamics:

  • Purpose: It drives you!
  • Passion: It fuels you!
  • Pride: It defines you!

Speaker Information: A member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, Steve Gilliland is one of the most in-demand and top-rated speakers in the world. Recognized as a master storyteller and brilliant comedian, he can be heard daily on SiriusXM Radio’s Laugh USA and Jeff & Larry's Comedy Roundup. With an appeal that transcends barriers of age, culture and occupation—plus an interactive and entertaining style—Steve shows audiences how to open doors to success in their careers, their relationships and their lives. Steve built a multimillion-dollar company from the ground up on the same philosophy he expounds to his audiences. If you continually learn more about your company, your industry, your customer and yourself, you will always be a leader. Steve was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area, resides in North Carolina and travels the world. He received his bachelor’s degree from Grove City College and his MBS from Minnesota. He is a proud grandpa, devoted father of four boys and a loving husband to his wife, Diane.


November 21, 2019

How Do You Want to be Remembered?-
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Speaker Information: A teacher, coach, middle school principal, and powerful speaker, Kent Stock is also the man who coached the Norway baseball team during their now-famous final season. As depicted in the 2007 film, The Final Season, the nationally recognized Norway baseball team came together under then first-year head baseball coach Kent Stock to defy the odds and win Norway’s 20th state title in what would become the team’s final season before merging with a bigger, neighboring school district.   Kent authored a book titled, “Heading for Home:  My Journey from Little League to Hollywood” outlining his life’s journey and the behind the scenes stories of filming a movie

Kent was born and raised in Ankeny, Iowa where he excelled at baseball.  Kent continued his baseball career at Waldorf College and Luther College. In 1985 he began a teaching and coaching career that spanned 23 years.  Today, Kent is a vice-president at Community Savings Bank in Robins.

Kent currently lives in Marion, IA with his wife Laurie and two teenage daughters.




January 24, 2019

A Case Study: How one of Nebraska's Safest Companies Approaches Safety-
Eric Grundke, Kiewit

Presentation Information: 2019 will mark Kiewit Building Group’s 30th anniversary as a Nebraska’s Safest CompanyEric Grundke Headshot.jpg award recipient.  This session outlines the approach utilized by Kiewit in becoming one of Nebraska’s safest companies.  Through a unique approach, Kiewit has been successful in implementing a system driven by a culture of caring, sharing and learning.  Mr. Grundke will address key aspects of a robust system including management commitment, safety leadership, individual habits and behaviors and cultural development.

Speaker Information: Eric Grundke is director of safety of Kiewit Energy Group at Kiewit Corporation. With responsibility for helping Kiewit’s more than 20,000 staff and craft employees in North America operate safely, Eric is passionate about leading the company’s Nobody Gets Hurt safety vision. Eric takes a boots-on-the-ground approach to engage, foster and grow a proactive safety culture. Eric is dedicated to ensuring Kiewit’s incident rate continues to stay well below the industry average while his goal for incidents, regardless of whether or not they are recordable, remains fixed at zero.
Eric began his career with Kiewit in 1987. During his time at the company, he has served as a project engineer, superintendent, lead estimator, safety manager and district safety manager, before moving into his current Kiewit safety leadership role in 2008. He has worked on many notable projects, including the S-Curve project for the Michigan Department of Transportation, where he supervised 15,524 hours with zero accidents.
Eric holds a bachelor’s of science degree in construction engineering and management from Purdue University. He is the current chairperson of the National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE) and is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).
Kiewit is a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest and most respected construction and engineering organizations in North America. The company has revenues of more than $9 billion in 2017.

Eric's presentation

February 28, 2019

Brian Headshot.jpgBattling Human Error-
Brian Hargis, Westex by Milliken

Presentation Information: The latest NFPA 70E risk assessment procedure that now must address human error and its negative consequences have shed new light on arc flash PPE program "best practices". Error precursors, such as complacency – a safety killer, which can lead to a “Normalization of Deviance” company culture must be countered with human performance tools. Human performance tools appear in Annex Q of NFPA 70E!  Attendees will learn about human performance tools and “best practice” PPE programs that reduce burn injury risk, improve the company’s safety culture, productivity and bottom line.

Speaker Information: Brian Hargis has been involved with the Flame-Resistant Clothing Industry for more than 20 years. He has spent most of his career assisting end users with finding the best possible FR fabric solution for their respective needs.  With Brian’s in-depth knowledge of the FR industry and various NFPA standards, he frequently addresses organizations regarding electric arc and flash fire hazards, station wear in the fire service industry and university and industrial laboratory safety. 

March 28, 2019

The Day We Will Remember-
Ricky Rollins

Presentation Information: Through a combination of personal stories, shared stories from Ricky’s own circle and life lessons, Ricky Rollins presents a dynamic, inspiring message that motivates the listener to identify at-risk scenarios in their own lives, at work or at home, to help make their lives and the lives of their trusted circle members more safe.

Speaker Information: Ricky graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Administrative Management. He spent many years in steel operations.  After his entry into the steel business as a Melting Department clerk, Ricky held various management and hourly positions with Refractory and Steel companies, gaining a wealth of experience in steel operations. Ricky became a key team player in the construction and start-up of Steel Dynamics, Inc. until his retirement in January 2017. Passionate about the steel industry and its unique safety challenges that he knows firsthand, Ricky searched for a way to give back and share his ideas about the responsibility of safety that extends beyond one’s personal protection.  Ricky now travels around the world, inspiring people to think smarter about safety and how it affects their circles of inter-personal relationships.


April 25, 2019

Being a Leader in Safety Even When You're Not the Boss-
Brian Alexander

Presentation Information: As safety professionals one of our primary goals is influencing the development of a group of individuals who take pride and ownership in their work environment.  The interpersonal relationship between management and the workforce is a critical link toward influencing attitudes and behaviors.  Creating an environment where people are expected to actively manage their personal safety and risk, both at home and at work, can result in higher situational awareness and safer behaviors.  This session explores several leadership attributes organizations can use to assist individuals develop safety ownership at a personal level.    

Speaker Information: Brian is a career safety professional with more than 34 years of experience.  He currently works for a large utility company in the Minneapolis area.  Brian Alexander uses experience in workplace safety to partner with companies who celebrate safety as one of their core corporate values. During this upbeat presentation he simplifies many of the key factors that encourage a personal commitment to safety. His energy and passion for safety, with a touch of humor, makes Brian a speaker you won’t want to miss.

This Safe at Work Breakfast Series is sponsored by: The Working Clinic & Visio Health

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View Brian's Presentation Here
June 27, 2019

Building a Culture of Safety Accountability-
Tom Esch

Presentation Information: It's time to equip your people for better communication. Do some of your workers see others taking dangerous risks yet say nothing? Why don't they speak up? How often does someone speak up, but experience retaliation for it later? With this presentation you  can expect a deeply serious approach that is engaging, humorous, and effective at getting to the root causes of miscommunication and points you towards greater safety productivity. 

Speaker Information: Tom Esch’s multi-faceted background, working in and for complex organizations in a wide range of settings, makes him a uniquely qualified consultant and keynote speaker. Tom works with health care companies, counties, cities, construction companies, business analysts, attorneys, executives, owners, managers and non-profit executives to grow interpersonal awareness and foster effective communication. He is an expert in helping people have challenging conversatoins that end on a positive note. 


July 25, 2019

Preparing for an Active Shooter and Workplace Violence-
Stash Dwornicki, NSCN

Presentation Information: Unfortunately, ourStash.jpg society is experiencing an increase in violent events.  It is important to know that what to do before the police are able to respond.  This session will review safety tips, what to look for, how to de-escalate the situation before it becomes dangerous and what action to take once it becomes dangerous.

Speaker Information: Mr. Stash Dwornicki is a Safety Consultant at the National Safety Council, Nebraska (NSCN). He is responsible for safety training, assisting with custom safety solutions and advisory services for the NSCN. Mr. Dwornicki has created programs such as the Silica Compliance Training for the Construction Industry & General Industry. He has worked as a Workplace Safety Advisor for organizations who do not have a safety person on staff. He has helped create policies and safety plans for small and large companies. In addition, he teaches OSHA Training courses at NSCN and onsite at other organizations. Stash is a resource to be utilized for all things safety. 

Prior to his employment at NSCN, Mr. Dwornicki served as the Safety and Training Manager for a major emergency response vehicle manufacturer in the greater Omaha area.  He was responsible for OSHA compliance, all safety programs and training, as well as development of trade specific training for skilled workers. 

Previously, he worked as a manager supervising (9) field technicians for a worldwide rental company, working in the Oil and Gas industry in the Powder River Basin and Bakken oil fields.  He also has experience working in the physical security and telecommunications industries. 

 Mr. Dwornicki served as an Infantry Officer for four years in the Marine Corps, including two deployments to Afghanistan. 

August 22, 2019

Safety, It's a Wonderful Life-
Dale Lesinski

Dale Lesinski Headshot.jpgPresentation Information This session celebrates those responsible for the safety of others and reminds them of the profound effect they have on people’s lives. In the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”, George Bailey gets the opportunity to see the difference he made in the lives of the people in Bedford Falls. That is a great correlation to those that are responsible for the safety of others – they never get to see the accidents and injuries they prevented.

Dale Lesinski’s area of expertise is in Communication, Sales and Marketing – he just happens to have over 26 years in the safety industry. Throughout the years of assisting companies and helping them to improve their safety culture and performance, Dale has compiled some common key components that are integral in positively affecting your employees.

This session is filled with many takeaway ideas that can be implemented immediately- and, most importantly- delivers the required PASSION every Safety Professional needs to make a difference.

If your batteries could use a recharge – this fun, interactive and upbeat session is for you!


View Dale's Presentation Here
September 26, 2019

Leading a Multi-Generational Workforce-
Ryan Bouda

Presentation Information: Leading A Multi-Generational Workforce is focused on educating, motivating and training your audience on the communication challenges that exist between generations but, more importantly, the tools and skills needed to successfully navigate these interactions. Once we understand and break down the different communication, motivation and leadership styles of the generations, we are able to open up a whole new understanding of our engagements. Your audience will walk away from this presentation with a research-proven three-step process to maximizing communication with each generation that they can implement today.

Speaker Information: Ryan W. Bouda and JoAnn W. Bouda are founding partners of LEAP Training & Coaching, a coaching organization focused on building leadership, strengthening organizations and creating a culture which elevates communication, engagement and innovation in the workplace. JoAnn is an executive and team building coach with more than 16 years of experience transforming leaders and teams in Fortune 500 companies. Ryan is an expert in Conversational Intelligence® who specializes in executive/leadership coaching, team building, culture change, and communication dynamics. More recently, Ryan and JoAnn have begun educating individuals on generational diversity and working to maximize each generation's contribution to the workplace.



Note:  No breakfast series sessions will be held in May or December. Safe at Work Breakfast Series meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month.