This Month: Fall Conference to Focus on Leadership, Management

This month, the AIHA Fall Conference will present its usual eclectic mix of IH and OEHS topics in a variety of formats structured in a way that allows attendees to easily pursue an individualized educational experience. Also in store for this year’s conference are some new changes, including a thorough organization of sessions into tracks, a closing session, and a new “quick talk” format. Among the most significant changes is the adoption of a “leadership and management” theme that will guide conference organizers for years to come.
As part of the management and leadership track, business leader and author John Spence will deliver the opening keynote address. “We are excited to be able to share the experiences, expertise, and perspective of each of our speakers at the 2016 Fall Conference, especially John Spence,” said AIHA President Steven Lacey, PhD, CIH, CSP. “John will provide us with insight on the future of leadership, presenting the latest thinking on the characteristics of the leaders that people want to follow.”
The conference will also include tracks such as enterprise risk assessment and management, and emergency response and preparedness. The new “Thought Leader” track will return for its second year at the conference, and will include sessions focused on new challenges, new hazards, and new technologies.
The Fall Conference will be held Oct. 24-25 at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio, Texas, with pre-conference education on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22 and 23, and post-conference education on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
If you're unable to travel to San Antonio, consider attending virtually. Virtual Fall Conference streams live session video, audio, and slide presentations directly to your desktop or mobile device—no travel required. Virtual registration includes the broadcast of the 2016 virtual program; opportunities to submit questions for presenters and interact with other virtual participants via chat; cost-effective training opportunities for individuals, groups, or local sections; and post-conference access to session recordings.
This year, attendees have the option of extending their conference experience by adding a professional development course (PDC) on Sunday, Oct. 23, or Wednesday, Oct. 26. On Sunday, virtual attendees may register for the emergency response and preparedness PDC “Effective Industrial Hygiene Management of Petrochemical Turnarounds.” “Transformational Leadership: The Key to H&S Excellence,” a PDC in the management and leadership track, will be broadcast virtually on Wednesday. An additional fee is required for attendees who wish to register for a PDC.
For more information or to register, visit the Fall Conference website.

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