The Speakers Are Leaders in Health and Safety


Monday Morning Keynote Speaker:  Todd Conklin

Todd Conklin PictureTodd Conklin spent 25 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a Senior Advisor for Organizational and Safety Culture.  Los Alamos National Laboratory is one of the world’s foremost research and development laboratories; Dr. Conklin has been working on the Human Performance program for the last 15 years of his 25-year career.  It is in this fortunate position where he enjoys the best of both the academic world and the world of safety in practice.  Conklin holds a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the University of New Mexico.  He speaks all over the world to executives, groups and work teams who are interested in better understanding the relationship between the workers in the field and the organization’s systems, processes, and programs.  He has brought these systems to major corporations around the world.  Conklin practices these ideas not only in his own workplace, but also in the event investigations at other workplaces around the world.  Conklin defines safety at his workplace like this:  “Safety is the ability for workers to be able to do work in a varying and unpredictable world.”  Conklin lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and thinks that Human Performance is the most meaningful work he has ever had the opportunity to live and teach.


Wednesday Morning Keynote Speakers:

Kevin Cobb

Kevin Cobb PictureKevin Cobb is the author of Quit Feeding the Monsters: Creating a Positive Culture and he speaks at dozens of conferences every year across North America, consistently receiving top ratings from attendees at his keynote and technical sessions.

Since joining the safety industry in 1990, Kevin has worked with companies in nearly every industry. He provides a wealth of knowledge in implementing behavior-based safety and advanced safety awareness programs, and has consulted, trained and presented to more than a quarter-million managers, supervisors and employees to improve safety at hundreds of organizations. On average, the companies that he has worked with have reduced their injuries by over 50% in the first year following his assistance. Interestingly, what he has found is that companies face the same challenges regardless of industry or geography, which motivated him to write his recently published book.

Kevin is a father of four and a grandfather of three, and he is passionate about making the world a safer place for all of us. He is also the survivor of a spinal cord injury that for a time left him a quadriplegic. Kevin knows firsthand the effect of devastating accidents on individuals and, more importantly, their families, and it’s no surprise that his message and the skills and techniques he delivers in his sessions help improve safety everywhere—at work, at home and on the road.

Josh Dueck

Josh Dueck PictureIn 2004, aspiring professional skier and coach, Josh Dueck was in a life-changing ski accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Life as he knew it no longer existed. From his hospital bed with the long months of recovery ahead, it was the initial encouragement from his Doctor that helped Josh re-dedicate his life to freedom; and the support of his now wife whom completely dedicated herself to his recovery. Rather than wallow in misery he chose to embrace the challenges he faced with an open mind.

With the support of the ski community and vision to return to the mountains, his life became a series of (i’m)possible opportunities and experiences.

By 2009, Josh was the Para-Alpine World Champion; he won a silver medal in Vancouver 2010 and an X Games gold medal in 2011.