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Transforming Supervisors Into Safety Leaders

Tuesday, May 17
1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

The ways in which organizations manage their safety and health systems has transformed dramatically over the past 40 years, and one increasingly important element is the concept of employee involvement. The supervisor can greatly influence the success of a safety management system, but the transition from supervisors to safety leaders is often met with hesitation. How do I make the transition from supervisor to safety leader? What does this transition roadmap look like? How will I know if I am an effective safety leader? This session will take the time to break down the process in simple terms, along with basic first steps a supervisor can follow when making this transition.

Chevon Bowen, Owner/Safety Consultant, HLC Safety Consulting, LLC

Chevon is a multi-faceted, self-directed and solutions-focused safety management educator and consultant, offering 15+ years of extensive training and consulting services to help build prominent safety cultures within industrial, construction, commercial, and temporary staffing industries. Her success lies within her skills as an excellent relationship builder and communicator, allowing her to form a plethora of strong, sustainable relations with small to large-sized organizations. Chevon holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Occupational Safety and a Master's of Science degree in Environmental Health and Safety, both from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Chevon's knowledge around developing sound safety and organizational cultures has allowed her several opportunities to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in her multiple roles at Madison College in Madison, WI. During her tenure with the technical college, she has made strides to create policy changes around equitable grading, inclusive syllabi for students, developing DEI professional development opportunities for administration, faculty, and staff, and leading school teams as they develop opportunities to incorporate DEI into course curriculum and student activities. Chevon's blended career experience has allowed her the opportunity to research, study, and experience how leadership through a DEI lens impacts both organizational and safety culture.