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General Session: How Your Leadership Impacts Safety

Tuesday, November 15th
9:00 - 10:10 a.m

This session will frame the current environment through the lens of the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem and challenge participants to lead this new space with safety in mind. 

Jim Pauley is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a global self-funded nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property, and economic loss due to fire, electrical, and related hazards. The association, which is headquartered in Quincy, began its work to solve the fire problem in a young, industrialized nation in 1896 and is recognized around the globe today as a leader in advocating for safety. NFPA delivers information and knowledge through more than 325 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach, and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. NFPA recognized its 125th Anniversary in 2021 and continues its steadfast commitment to advancing fire and life safety for the next century and beyond. 

Mr. Pauley is leading a historic digital transformation at NFPA that is revolutionizing the way codes and standards information is delivered and used throughout the world. In addition, he is directing significant programs, initiatives and resource development to tackle both persistent and emerging threats. Prior to joining NFPA nearly eight years ago, Mr. Pauley concluded a 30-year career in the electrical and energy industry where he most recently served as Senior Vice President, External Affairs and Government Relations for Schneider Electric. Mr. Pauley has served in several past leadership positions including Chairman of the Board for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and was a licensed professional engineer in Kentucky.