Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Safety 2011 - An Event for the Ages

Building skills and knowledge, and making connections. That's what is most important to ASSE members, according to a recent independent survey. How can you best achieve these goals? By taking advantage of ASSE's professional development offerings. Under the guidance of the Council on Professional Development, ASSE's education events address trends and utilize technology to meet member needs. Our goal is to get you the right information at the right time. For example, at the fall symposium, attendees learned new perspectives on human error and its critical role in workplace safety and health. Recent virtual symposia have taken a look at healthcare worker safety, safety in the petroleum industry and transportation safety best practices.

Through such events, ASSE delivers expertise to help you stimulate your thinking and build your knowledge. In addition, the Society offers seminars in the Certificate in Safety Management and the Executive programs, as well as exam preparation workshops and topical webinars.

The crown jewel of ASSE's continuing education efforts is our annual professional development conference and exposition. You've probably seen the ads urging you to "make no small plans" when it comes to Safety 2011. That's because this year's conference will be our largest ever.

Safety 2011 will be held in Chicago, June 12-15, and it will be the centerpiece event of ASSE's 100th anniversary year. Safety 2011 will offer far more than any other ASSE conference.

You can expect more of everything—from expanded educational sessions and networking opportunities, to seminar programs and technical tours—as well as events to cele­brate the Society's anniversary. The special 100th Anniversary Gala at Chicago's Navy Pier promises to be a night of excitement, camaraderie and entertainment.

What else can you expect at Safety 2011? On Monday, June 13, you'll hear the 100th anniversary State of the Society speech. Keynote speaker Daniel Pink will share innovative ideas about changing the world of work. There will also be recognition luncheons for practice specialties, chapters and regions, as well as a special plenary panel session with leaders from OSHA and NIOSH.

On Tuesday, you will learn about ASSE's vision for the next 100 years. Nancy Goodman Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Kommen Foundation, will share her inspiring story about how one person can make a difference. Also back for Safety 2011 is the Executive Summit, which is a great opportunity to learn how corporate executives view safety and the SH&E profession. Throughout the conference, you will be able to choose from expanded educational tracks, including special tracks for executives, presentations on business skills, and sessions covering various technical and managerial topics. New to Safety 2011 is a track on corporate social responsibility, as well as a special track highlighting the history of safety and the SH&E profession.

And let's not forget the technical tours, put together by local ASSE chapters. During the tours, you are able to observe different workplaces and gain new ideas to apply to your safety management challenges. You can select from more than a dozen tours, including the Deep Tunnel Facility, Museum of Science and Industry, Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy, Soldier Field, U.S. Cellular Field and Willis Tower. New this year are two youth technical tours at Soldier Field and U.S. Cellular Field for those age 15 to 18.

These are just a few highlights of our profession's premier education­al and networking event. Safety 2011 is an event you simply can't miss. Make plans to attend. I look forward to seeing you in Chicago this June!

"We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself." Lloyd Alexander