General Sessions

Don’t miss this prestigious array of presenters!

Monday, May 20

Opening General Session
8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Frans Johansson, CEOThe Medici Effect: Groundbreaking Innovation at the Intersection of Disciplines and Cultures
Frans Johansson, CEO
The Medici Group, New York, NY


Frans Johansson is a successful entrepreneur and a recognized thought leader on innovation. His best-selling book, The Medici Effect, has been translated into 18 languages and was named one of the top 10 business books by In this session, Johansson reveals how we can find intersections in our lives and turn these ideas into groundbreaking innovations.  The three driving forces behind these intersections are the movement of people, the convergence of scientific disciplines, and the leap in computational power.

A high-energy, dynamic presenter, Johansson has been featured on CNN’s AC360, ABC’s Morning Show, and CNBC’s The Business of Innovation series.

Tuesday, May 21

General Session
8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

A Conversation with Dr. David Michaels

David Michaels, MPH, PhDDavid Michaels, MPH, PhD
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health
U.S. Department of Labor
Washington, DC



John Henshaw, CIHModerator/Co-Host:
John Henshaw, CIH
Vice President
Academy of Industrial Hygiene
Sanibel, FL


Join Assistant Secretary Michaels and John Henshaw for a moderated “Meet the Press” style discussion.  The conversation focuses on a broad range of current topics and issues affecting occupational and environmental health and safety professionals today.

Wednesday, May 22

General Session
8:00 a.m-9:00 a.m.

L. Casey Chosewood, MDYour Guide to Total Worker Health™
L. Casey Chosewood, MD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Atlanta, GA


The exposures facing the modern worker are more challenging than ever before. Whether physical, environmental, psychological, social, cultural, familial, communal, or some combination of these, addressing today’s exposures requires swift action, a high level of professional judgment, and broader perspectives than ever before.

This fast-paced, example-filled presentation will challenge your current notion of what is work related and what isn’t, what really matters when it comes to health and safety interventions, and why our past approaches to lower injury and illness rates aren’t enough if we want to continue the gains we have made.

Want to really improve the health of all workers?  You’ll need a new strategy, new tools, new approaches, and a willingness to say good-bye to what no longer works.