NAEM Women’s Leadership Roundtable 2019

Women's Leadership Roundtable Speakers



Monica Alston, Director, Environment, Health & Safety; Comcast Corp.

Monica Alston, Director, Environment, Health & Safety; Comcast Corp.

Monica possesses 20+ years' environment, health and safety (EHS) experience solving complex business issues in diverse industries in developed, developing and emerging markets. Strategic, visionary, collaborative leader and consensus-builder for achieving business objectives; assuring EHS regulatory compliance; driving world class EHS performance and supporting sustainable business growth. Proven track record for developing and executing highly effective global EHS strategies to reduce occupational hazards and risks; prevent incidents; minimize the environmental impact from operations; improve operational efficiency; reduce business continuity risks; integrate EHS across the business value chain and leverage sustainability for maximum value creation.


She currently oversees EHS and sustainability for Comcast Cable's Freedom Region setting strategy and directing its implementation for nearly 6,000 employees serving 2.1 million customers across northern Delaware, Greater Philadelphia Area and New Jersey. She is also a member of the Comcast Corporate Sustainability Team; serves as Customer Experience Transformation Lead; Internet Essentials Ambassador; and past lead of the Freedom Region Veteran's Employee Resource Group. Prior to joining Comcast, Monica held roles of increasing responsibilities including the areas of EHS, sustainability, strategic planning, operational compliance, risk management and business continuity at GlaxoSmithKline, Eaton and Kellogg's.


Monica holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University and an MS degree in Water Resources & Environmental Engineering from Villanova University.



Ana Fernandez, Senior Director Health Safety Environment and Compliance; TBC Corp.

Ana Fernandez, Senior Director Health Safety Environment and Compliance; TBC Corp.

Ana recently joined TBC Corporation (a Michelin company) to lead the environmental health and safety department. She has 20+ years of experience in strategic and EHS planning, policy and procedure development. Prior to TBC, Ana worked at Office Depot, Harris Corporation, US Foods and Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. where she oversaw environmental health and safety programs in the corporate organization. Ana received her MBA from Georgia State University and her undergraduate degree from Florida International University (FIU). She also completed graduate coursework at FIU with a focus on environmental engineering.



Rob Fisher, President and Director of Operations; Fisher Improvement Technologies

Rob Fisher, President and Director of Operations; Fisher Improvement Technologies

Rob spent almost ten years in the US Navy before working at the South Texas Nuclear Project for twelve years. During this time he worked in Operations, Radiation Protection, Chemistry, & Environmental and ultimately owned the Human Performance Improvement initiative and the Procedure Program through a difficult plant recovery time. In addition, he was also utilized as an industry internal consultant in these areas. Rob has been consulting since leaving commercial nuclear power operations in 1996.


Rob has extensive experience in performing Incident Analysis, designing Human Performance Improvement systems, designing and improving Corrective Action Programs, assessing, designing and running Procedure Programs, and educating staff. As a previous field and management owner of these areas, he brings an implementation mentality to consulting, along with a recognized capability to make the science practically applicable at all levels. He was involved in developing multiple industry international standards for Human Performance, Root Cause Analysis and Procedure Excellence. He has successfully consulted for over one hundred companies in various fields including manufacturing, petrochemical, power generation (nuclear and non-nuclear), power transmission and distribution, and numerous Department of Energy sites. He consults internationally in over 20 countries.



Rob is a sought after mentor, coach and trainer, and is routinely invited to speak at international and regional conferences on safety, Performance Improvement, Incident Analysis, and procedures.



Veli Ivanova, Partner & Principal Climate Change and Sustainability Services; EY

Veli Ivanova, Partner & Principal Climate Change and Sustainability Services; EY

Dr. Ivanova is an accomplished EHS and sustainability practitioner with wide international experience. She has significant expertise in developing and implementing EHS and sustainability programs for multinational corporations from a variety of sectors including mining, oil & gas, manufacturing, food & beverage, retail, and consumer goods.  Dr. Ivanova works with the C‑ suites of client organizations to assist them with sustainability strategy, EHS management, EHS and sustainability transformation, performance improvement, reporting and disclosure, and supply chain sustainability.


Dr. Ivanova leads the EY Climate Change and Sustainability services in North and South America. She also leads the EY global sustainability advisory network. Prior to joining Ernst & Young, LLP, Dr. Ivanova was the Global Sustainability Practice Director for a leading environmental consulting firm.


She is recognized thought leader in sustainability with numerous publications and presentations at sustainability forums. She holds Ph.D. in Environmental Biology and MSc in Pollution and Environmental Control from the University of Manchester (UK), and MSc in Biology from the University of Sofia (Bulgaria). Dr. Ivanova speaks multiple languages beyond English.



Melissa Law, President Global Operations; Tate & Lyle plc

Melissa joined Tate & Lyle in September 2017. Prior to joining Tate & Lyle, Melissa worked for Baker Hughes, a GE company where she led the Global Specialties Chemicals Division, a major part of its Oilfield Service portfolio, with prior executive roles for the Company's Australian and Gulf of Mexico operations. Melissa's 20 years of experience ranges across R&D, Operations, Marketing, Commercial and Sales. Melissa is a graduate of the University of Houston from where she holds an MSc in Environmental Chemistry.



Allison Montgomery, Global Director, EHS&S; Harris Corp.

Allison Montgomery, Global Director, EHS&S; Harris Corp.

Allison Montgomery is the Global Director of Environmental, Health and Safety for Harris Corporation. She is based at Harris’ Corporate Headquarters in Melbourne, FL and is responsible for developing strategies to improve the company’s overall Environmental, Health and Safety performance. Before joining Harris, Allison worked at Pentair as the Global Director of EHS and Quality and held varying EHS Management roles with Alcoa, Inc. Allison served four years in the United States Marine Corps. She holds a BS degree in Biology from The Ohio State University and a MS degree in Environmental Management from The University of Maryland.



Carolyn Covey Morris, Founder & President; QMobius Inc.

Carolyn Covey Morris, Founder & President; QMobius Inc.

Known as an innovative communicator and public relations leader, Carolyn Covey Morris has worked with some of the world's leading companies and brands. Her specialty is brand marketing, public relations and helping organizations through dynamic times of change. She has assisted many employers and clients during crises, turnarounds and transformations. Her experience includes the retail, consumer, financial services, healthcare, petrochemical and technology industries, and both B2B and consumer-oriented companies and brands.


Prior to launching QMobius, Carolyn led strategic communications for JCPenney during a turnaround that drove the company's stock price from $8 to nearly $85. She also handled communications on JCPenney's sale of Eckerd Drugstores, a "Deal of the Year" selected by CFO Magazine. Carolyn also led the corporate and brand practices for the Dallas office of one of the world's most successful public relations and marketing agencies.


A native of Washington, D.C., Carolyn has worked with almost every U.S. government agency, the White House and key industry trade associations. She earned a B.S. in biochemistry from James Madison University and an M.B.A. in marketing and international business from the University of Maryland. She also studied at Oxford University and holds a certificate in digital and social media from Southern Methodist University.


Carolyn is currently the president-elect of the Dallas chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, and she serves on the Advisory Board for Southern Methodist University's School of Communications and Public Affairs. She also serves on the communications committee of the Dallas Women's Foundation.



Sandy Nessing, Managing Director Corporate Sustainability; American Electric Power Co. Inc.

Sandy Nessing, Managing Director Corporate Sustainability; American Electric Power Co. Inc.

With 20 years in the utility industry, Sandy Nessing has responsibility for managing sustainability strategy, corporate stakeholder engagement and annual performance reporting for American Electric Power (AEP). She oversees annual production of AEP's Corporate Accountability Report, including a dedicated sustainability web site and companion iPad app ("AEP CAR" in the iTunes store). This is the sixth year AEP will produce an integrated report that combines financial with nonfinancial performance.


She facilitates cross-functional collaboration on sustainability issues across AEP to raise awareness of the interdependencies of functions, resources and issues while providing guidance on externalities that could affect business results or operations. She also develops and manages advocacy opportunities and relationships that support AEP's business strategy. She is a Master Culture Champion for AEP, working with senior management and others to advance a culture shift within AEP that aligns business strategies with employee engagement and performance management.


She leads AEP's participation in the Electric Power Research Institute's (EPRI) Energy Sustainability Interest Group, serving as chair of the group in 2013. Among the group's work includes completion of an industry-wide materiality assessment and the development of industry-wide performance metrics. She also is a member of the EPRI Benchmarking Forum Steering Committee. In Columbus, Ohio, Nessing currently serves on the Franklin Park Conservatory Board of Trustees, one of the nation's premier botanical gardens. She also serves on the Grange Insurance Audubon Center Stewardship Board, where she was president of the board for two years. She serves on the Board of Directors and the Board of Regents for NAEM. Nessing led AEP's participation in the Global Reporting Initiative's (GRI) Electric Utility Sector Supplement Pilot Program, and most recently served on the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Industry Working Group for the electric utilities sector.


Prior to joining AEP in February 2006, she was manager of Corporate Communications for Yankee Gas Services Company, part of the Northeast Utilities System (now EverSource) for nine years. Before her work in the utility industry, she was senior public information specialist for the Saint Raphael Healthcare System in New Haven, Conn. (now part of Yale-New Haven) and spent 12 years as a broadcast journalist in Connecticut, holding positions that included news director, anchor and reporter. She is a graduate of Briarwood College in Southington, Connecticut.



Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability Officer; Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability Officer; Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Nancy Sutley is LADWP's Chief Sustainability Officer, reporting directly to the General Manager. In this role, Ms. Sutley oversees the Department's energy efficiency goals, environmental affairs, sustainability initiatives, and the electrification of transportation network. She initiated LADWP's corporate sustainability programs including Green Team and the commissioning of its headquarters, The John Ferraro Building, as a LEED Gold facility.


Prior to joining LADWP in 2014, Ms. Sutley served as Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Under her leadership, the Council played a central role in shepherding the Obama Administration's signature environmental projects and was one of the chief architects of President Obama's 2013 Climate Action Plan.


Sutley has an extensive background in public service that includes posts as Deputy Mayor for Energy and Environment for the City of Los Angeles, Board Member of the Metropolitan Water District, Member of the California State Water Resources Control Board, Energy Advisor for California Governor Gray Davis, Deputy Secretary for Policy and Intergovernmental Relations at the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Senior Policy Advisor for the US EPA during the Clinton Administration.


Sutley received her bachelor's degree from Cornell University and her Master in Public Policy from Harvard University.



Wendy Williams, President; JR Resources Inc.

Wendy Williams is a sales professional, trainer, coach and manager with over 37 years of experience, and is currently a partner and President of JR Resources. In 2008, she opened an office in Princeton, NJ, where she currently lives and works.


Throughout her sales career, she has sold and managed offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tulare County in California, Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia.


In Houston, as a sales manager from 1979 to 1985, she witnessed the beginning of a new industry in promotion and recognition with the oil companies in safety, and developed a special niche operating to this very day: Wendy's Safety Boutique - a woman's touch on employee engagement and empowerment processes to be aware of all safety issues and initiatives and partnered with the OSHA program: VPP, which started in 1985.


Wendy is currently a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Philadelphia International Visitors Council (IVC) since 1995, with an ultimate goal of world peace - one relationship at a time. The IVC hosts international guests of our State Department at work or home, showcasing the American people and our culture, and learning about their respective cultures. As a citizen diplomat, Wendy has represented Philadelphia in Kazan, Russia, Florence, Italy, Aix en Provence, France and Havana, Cuba.


Her other memberships include: National Council of International Visitors(NCIV) , Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), Philadelphia Art Museum, The Barnes Foundation, Voluntary Protection Program Participants Association(VPPPA), and The Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau(PCVB). She is a graduate of SUNY Stony Brook with a BA in Psychology, as well as Certified Sales Trainer by the State of California extensive training in Organizational Development(OD) in the change processes.


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