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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Sticky Safety - Tim Gard | January 23, 2020


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Session and Speaker Bios

January 23, 2020

Problem-Solving-Using-Humor-Tim-Gard1-300x300.jpgSticky Safety -
Tim Gard

Presentation Info: 

With STICKY SAFETY, participants identify Safety Traps and embrace Safety Solutions that prevent accidents and boost morale and retention. Tim presents thought-provoking questions and guides your people toward meaningful, actionable answers:

What’s your “Why Factor?”  
In this “head-and-heart” section, participants explore why safety matters to them personally, and reflect on how a single moment of carelessness could negatively reshape many lives.

What “sticks” with you?
Tim translates sticky training gems like, “Don’t die of shame,” “I never unbuckled a dead body,” and, “Getting hurt isn’t stupid—not telling anyone is,” into practical insights, and guides participants to craft and share their own sticky sayings.

Can numbers be fun?
Tim’s compelling storytelling involving real people, real lives—and, yes, real numbers—lends context and contrast that spring statistics to meaningful life.

Safety’s no joke...but can it be?
Of course, not all humor is appropriate but, used effectively, it becomes a powerful tool in one’s own stress plan. Tim guides participants to inject humor into safety meetings certain to bolster employee retention and morale.

Are people taking “time to live?”
Safety violations often occur when people are in a hurry.  Tim’s “flip of a coin” technique teaches participants to pause and consider consequences before acting, and shows how taking seconds to mentally flip a coin may give them “time to live.”

Can you really do your job in your sleep?
Confidence in one’s skills may ease stress, but thinking, “I can do this in my sleep,” proves a very dangerous mindset. Participants discover how to stay “in the “now” no matter how many times they’ve accomplished a task.

Is stress dangerous?
Dig deep into a safety violation and you’ll likely find stressed-out, tired people. Tim’s resilience training techniques help participants define their stress boundaries and reframe how stress impacts their work, so a common negative becomes a safety-enhancing positive.

Speaker Info: Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE, top motivational speakercorporate entertainer, and Emcee is known for bringing tears of laughter to audiences worldwide. More than an insightful and funny guy, Tim teaches people to be more resilient and resourceful using their own comedic style. He also coaches businesses on how to enhance productivity through employee enthusiasm by using appropriate workplace humor.

An Internationally recognized authority on stress reduction and conflict resolution, Tim’s easy- to-implement techniques demonstrate ways to diffuse, deal with, and ultimately avoid stressful encounters. Tim does not make light of serious issues; rather, shines a light on previously unseen possibilities to overcome challenging situations.

February 27, 2020

Implementing an Injury Prevention Program and it's Impact on Warehouse Operations -
Michael Chapman

Presentation Info: Implementing an injury prevention program can be impactful to overall industrial health and can impact the overall organizations bottom line. This presentation will bridge the gap in peer reviewed resources that focus on the implementation of an organizations injury prevention program and provide participants with a key understanding of how it can impact organizational efficiency. Focusing on education, behavior modification and human factors engineering solutions, this presentation will introduce techniques and programs that can impact industrial musculoskeletal disorder and participants will leave understanding the key principles of injury prevention, human factors engineering and ergonomic return on investment.

Speaker Info: Michael (Mike) Chapman is an Environmental Health and Safety Manager at a fortune 100 company specializing in injury prevention and human factors engineering. He also serves as adjunct professor at the University of Louisville focusing on the care and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders. His doctoral concentration surrounded organizational change management and how to effectively implement an injury prevention program and its impact on performance.

A graduate of Michigan State University, Mike continued on to obtain his master’s degree from Wingate University and Doctorate at Gardner-Webb University, both based out of the Charlotte, NC area. Diving into industrial medicine, Mike completed the requirements for the Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), Selective Function Movement Systems (SFMA) and Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist (CEASII) certifications that helped guide numerous programs that saw 50-70% reduction in injury focusing on education, behavior modification and engineering based solutions.

Outside of work, Mike takes full advance of the Louisville Kentucky Bourbon Craze and enjoys hiking through the countries National Park Systems.

This month's event is sponsored by:

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March 26, 2020

Steven BW headshot.jpgSafety Leadership: Lean Principles - The Connection to Safety -
Steve Wilson, Zoned Strategies

Presentation Info:

Speaker Info: Steven C. Wilson is a trusted Advisor, Mentor, Trainer, Founder of WTCS Inc, Zoned Strategies and the ILC Radio Network.  An ASQ Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, he has trained and coached over 1,000 individuals from over 100 companies in such disciplines as Lean and Six Sigma. Steven has dedicated himself to the cause of helping individuals and organizations achieve the development and success they desire. He has also been instrumental in the development of company leaders - from Mid-Level Managers to C-Suite Executives of Fortune 100 companies. In 2008, MasterWay Audio was created – out of which sprang two business education podcasts and voice-overs for numerous local and national projects.

With a proven track record of success in multiple industries and a very engaging communication and leadership style, Steven is often called upon to speak to business and professional groups, leadership teams, and is frequently asked to facilitate expert panel discussions. His personal and professional experience along with his humor and passion, allows him to connect with audiences of all types. Whether training in classrooms, addressing large or small audiences, or working one-on-one, Steven brings insight and clarity on a variety of topics, both personal and professional.

April 23, 2020

Rhett Laubach.pngCreating an Engaging Workplace Culture - 
Rhett Laubach

Presentation Info: 

This program by professional speaker and leadership expert Rhett Laubach is designed for professionals interested in giving their best effort at work and at home, as well as for individuals looking for techniques to help others to do the same.  This content includes tips and strategies that are creative, fresh and applicable today. Rhett’s training style is engaging, interactive, and high-energy.

Learning Objectives:

  1. How to be fully engaged in giving your best at work.
  2. How to create and maintain trust with others.
  3. How to respond positively to stress.
  4. How to have a more consistent thirst for development and growth.
  5. How to develop your ability to think critically and creatively in an individual and team environment.

Speaker Info: Rhett Laubach works with associations, corporations, and student organizations interested in developing leadership potential. Rhett is a professional keynote speaker, trainer, author, leadership expert, owner of YourNextSpeaker, LLC and PLI, Inc. and a brain tumor survivor. His 20+ years of experiences have taken him to 48 states, the Bahamas, Canada, and to over one-million audience members. 

Drawing from his multitude of profound and powerful lessons learn, Rhett's ability to connect with his audience is second to none. Whether students or professionals, his unprecedented stage energy captures the attention of audience members, engaging them in lessons of leadership, motivation, and inspiration.

Rhett's clients include corporations, state and national youth organizations, chambers of commerce, professional associations, and schools. He graduated with an Agricultural Economics BS degree from Oklahoma State University. 

June 25, 2020

Before I Knew Why an AED is a Good Investment - 
Cardiac Arrest Survivor

More info to come. 

July 23, 2020

Camille Oakes Headshot_003.jpgSafety EQ - Harnes the Power of Emotional Intelligence -
Camille Oakes, Better Safety

Presentation Info: Good safety professionals understand the Science of Safety but Great Safety Pros can use the Superpower of Emotional Intelligence to enact real change in their organizations. In this session, you will learn to use EQ to improve communication, inspire action, and become a better safety leader.

Speaker Info:  Camille Oakes, CSP is a safety professional with over thirteen years of experience in the field of safety and health in diverse industries including warehousing, transportation, logistics and supply chain, packaging, government and military contracting. Camille holds a Master’s Degree in Advanced Safety and Engineering Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Bachelor’s degree in Safety Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She is a skilled trainer, facilitator and content creator. Ms. Oakes is a Past President of the Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and has been a member of the Georgia Chapter executive board since 2012.

Camille is particularly passionate about the Art of Safety and helping safety professionals become partners with their operations leaders in order to advance the safety management system and make real change happen. As the founder of Better Safety, Camille consults with companies to employ better training, better culture and better business practices by developing their safety professionals and improving their safety performance. She teaches safety and operations managers to partner with each other so they can figure out a way to do what operations wants, yet still be safe. Camille conducts leadership training for operations leaders on how to manage with safety in mind. She also works to develop safety professionals through speaking engagements and workshops that include sales techniques, presentational skills, preparation and communicating with non-safety professionals. She is happily a resident of Atlanta, GA where she lives with her husband, toddler son and schnauzer.  

August 27, 2020

How Community Engagement Can Boost Your Safety & Security - 
Collin Baldwin, First National Bank

More info to come. 

September 24, 2020

_Cloud documents.lnk.jpgStacking the Deck for Safety -
Brad Bousquet, Central Valley Ag

Presentation Info: Brad admits that he faced many challenges when he first became a safety director.  One of the greatest of these challenges was understanding his roles in safety leadership.  He quickly learned that success in safety would require far more than just providing training, equipment, and safety policies.  Brad realized that his safety efforts would only take hold if he could first achieve buy-in!  For Brad, this required a complete remodel of his approach to safety leadership.

Brad will share his approach to safety leadership using a deck of cards.  He will show that safety is simply a matter of controlling the face cards to change the odds.  In other words, safety is stacking the deck in your favor.  Throughout his presentation, you will learn the meaning of the face cards and your role as a safety leader in controlling them.  His message is certain to make you re-think your roles as a safety leader.

Speaker Info: Brad Bousquet has over 23 years of experience making an impact in the area of safety.  In 1995 he graduated from the University of Nebraska and began a career with the Nebraska State Patrol.  During his career with the Patrol, he joined a specialized team of Troopers assigned to investigating commercial motor vehicle crashes.  Years of accident investigations gave Brad a front seat view of how tragedy can be born out of complacency and a disregard for safety.

In 2005 Brad was hired as the V.P. of Safety and Compliance for Central Valley Ag Cooperative.  Central Valley Ag was formed in 2003 when several smaller Cooperatives merged their operations into a single company.  Since its beginning, it has grown from 40 locations to over 100 locations, serving thousands of farmers across Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas.  


October 22, 2020

Mole Headshot.jpgOSHA Recordkeeping & Electronic Reporting: What Goes Wrong? - 
Phil Molé, VelocityEHS

Presentation Info: Is YOUR company in compliance with OSHA recordkeeping requirements or did you miss the reporting deadline? If you’re unsure, now is the time to find out because OSHA’s electronic reporting requirements are now in effect and the fines have increased in recent years. In this session, you’ll learn the electronic reporting obligations, understand how to complete the proper forms and classify injuries and illnesses through a game of “recordable or not recordable?”, and know which common mistakes to avoid during recordkeeping.

Speaker Info: Phil Molé is an EHS & Sustainability Expert for VelocityEHS. He is also a former Global EHS Coordinator for a large manufacturing company, where he developed and facilitated trainings on a variety of subjects and managed the company’s ISO/OHSAS certifications. He previously worked as an environmental and safety regulatory consultant for approximately 13 years. Phil's professional accreditation includes: National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) from 1995 to 1997, American Society of Safety Engineers, National Association of Environmental Managers, OSHA 30-hour training (2012) and ISO/OHSAS Internal Auditor training (2012).

November 19, 2020

Brad Livingston Headshot.jpgJust a Second Ago... -
Brad Livingston

Presentation Info: Brad Livingston was involved in back to back explosions that were 100% preventable. The contributing factors to these explosions were the same as what exists in EVERY type company EVERYWHERE - Shortcuts; Complacency; Pride; Bad Attitudes; Improper Perspectives. Brad overcame a 5% chance of surviving his injuries and now shares his story.  He explains ‘The Ripple Effect’, including what he went through, and more importantly, what his family went through, in such a way that those in attendance WILL understand why they CANNOT allow these factors to be a part of their workplace. “You think it can’t happen to you?”

Speaker Info: 

After being employed by a natural gas pipeline company for 10 years, Brad Livingston was involved in a potentially life-ending incident on the job that was 100% preventable.  During his presentation, you will hear words like perspective, attitude, short-cut, pride and complacency.  You will learn how each of these played a role in the actions that led to his injuries, and how those injuries have affected every day of the rest of his life.

Brad Livingston and his wife Bobbi currently live in Canyon, TX.  They have 3 grown daughters and 10 beautiful grandchildren.

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.




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.



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.