ASSE’s Safety Conference 2016

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On June 28, 2016 John McBride, SPHR, SHRM-SCP,

Director of National Recruiting at Consentium Search will be presenting:

“From Safety Leader to Business Leader – Bridging the Gap”

Session 660 at ASSE’s Safety 2016 in Atlanta


Winston Churchill once said, “The difference between management and leadership is communication”


The Most Admired Companies look for their senior business leaders to be “Corporate Business Partners”.  But moving beyond a focus on your area of expertise to a more comprehensive business leadership role can be daunting.  It involves stepping out of an established professional comfort zone and to learn, or improve upon, knowledge of key business fundamentals while simultaneously maintaining the expected results in your area of specialty.  These topics include, but are not limited to, finance, productivity, operations, communication and employee relations and leadership skills.


This interactive presentation will guide the attendees through the process of moving beyond the role of an EHS/OSH Subject Matter Expert (SME) to becoming a Safety “Business Partner” and the requisite Leadership, Communication and Business Skills needed to get there.


A Safety Business Partner is not so much a formal title as it is a comprehensive mindset blending the safety professional’s SME role with the strategic business goals of the organization or business unit where they are working.   The Business Partner is not limited to supporting the strategic goals, but has influence on establishing the strategic goals from the start.


A safety professional can be a Safety Business Partner regardless of their years of experience or formal place in the company’s organizational structure.


Although instructional to all levels, the ideal attendee for this presentation is a professional who is already in a role that is responsible for the entirety of a Safety or EHS function on a site, region or corporate level seeking to move their career to a full business impact position.



Key learning aspects include:


  1. Why companies seek Business Partners over Managers for leadership roles
  2. What makes a Business Partner different than a Safety Manager/Director
  3. What companies require to be considered for Business Partner roles
  4. How to Become a Business Partner with a primary focus on the Networking, Communication and Leadership skills required for this role


The information presented is based on information gathered from years of interviews of C-Suite, Executive Vice President and other key corporate leaders who are stakeholders in their organizations’ Safety Management Programs.  These leaders have been very candid about the positive influence potential, as well as their “wish list” for what they would like of their safety leadership.


Consentium Search will also have an exhibit booth on the Expo Floor, Booth 2617 and we will also be in the Safety 2016 Career Center providing resume review services.  Stop by and say hi!


About the Author:

John McBride, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is the Director of National Recruiting with Consentium Search, a woman-owned National Executive and Management Search Firm based out of Short Hills, NJ specializing in recruiting Safety, Environmental, Occupational Health, Risk, Human Resources and Case Management professionals. John is a self-described ‘recovering corporate executive’ having spent in excess of twenty years in roles such as Director of Human Resources and Director of Risk Management including oversight of the Safety function for 55,000 employees, He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). He is an active member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the National Safety Council (NSC) and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). John has spoken both locally and nationally for ASSE, NSC, SHRM; the US Army’s “Tip of the Arrow” Ultimate Warrior Demobilization Program to ready our forces for the return to civilian jobs; and the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) on Career Development, Networking and Employee Productivity. He also volunteers with the American Diabetes Association, Habitat for Humanity and is Past President of the Society of Human Resource Management of Central New Jersey.
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