2009 Congress Takes on the Recession Strategically

There is no denying the reach and wrath of the current recession, but rather than just acknowledging and accepting it, the National Safety Council is using its 2009 Congress to squarely confront the economical issues on everyone's minds and provide ways for capitalizing on current conditions, or at the very least surviving them safely. Economy-centric issues are slated throughout the show's agenda and woven into the show's fabric like never before.

The Opening Session on Monday, Oct. 26, will be, in part, devoted to the topic, starting at 8 a.m. The session's keynote address, "Successful Strategies Through Turbulence," will be delivered by Howard Putnam, who, as the former CEO of Southwest and Braniff Airlines and group VP of marketing for United Airlines, should be well acquainted with both the literal and figurative sides of the subject.

The Executive Forum taking place from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. the same day will continue the fiscal discourse, examining "The Role of the EHS Executive in an Economic Downturn--How Do We Deal with the Current Conditions of the Economy Strategically?" Gathering to answer that question will be a panel of safety experts moderated by Walt Disney Co. VP and Chief Safety Officer Greg Hale. Included in the panel will be Mike Murray, president and CEO for FirstGroup America Inc., which, incidentally, is this year's NSC Green Cross for Safety™ honoree.

In addition, many of this year's 120 technical sessions will, in smaller groups, enlarge upon the subject matter of Monday's auditorium-size presentations. Tuesday's "Selling Safety in Tough Times," "Cheap Solutions for Fleet Safety," and "A Fearless Look at Reality" are examples. The technical sessions, along with the scheduled technical tours and 24 daylong or multiple-day professional development seminars add up to a full and memorable 96th Congress & Expo, an event verily bursting at the seams with educational and networking opportunities.

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