Intelex is proud to have been represented at the NAEM Women’s Leadership Conference last week (June 20-22nd). The conference provided EHS&S professionals the tools and roadmap to grow and advance their careers. Along with an impressive group of women, Intelexians including Kristen Duda, Jasprit Gupta and Shannon Summers took part in the 2-day summit filled with inspirational speakers, exercises and a variety of activities designed to drive personal and professional growth.
Upon their return, Kristen shared her key takeaways from the conference:
1) What was a wow moment for you from the NAEM EHS&S Women’s Leadership Conference?
Sophia Danenberg told her story of summiting Mt. Everest. She was the first African-American woman to do so and was so incredibly humble about it, highlighting the boring nature of the planning and organization that goes into it. Her perspective on the planning, preparation, expedition, and life after were incredibly eye opening in an unexpected way.
2) Who was the coolest person you met?
Rosalind Hudnell, the VP of Worldwide Corporate Affairs for Intel blew me away. She kicked off the conference with her career story and how she brings her whole self to jobs. There were so many great takeaways from the conversation, confidence is a muscle you must exercise; the vision you have for yourself and your career is not big enough, think bigger; forget work/life balance and focus on work/life integration instead. Hold back the 10% of it you need to, but you will be a much more whole person.
— Kristen Duda (@KristenDudaPE) June 21, 2017
3) What was your overall impression of attending the conference?
The openness of everyone present and feeling of community. NAEM events are consistently great for peer-to-peer networking and sharing best practices in environmental, health, safety and sustainability management. This one went above the bar with an additional focus on mindfulness and presence from Kate Kerr, a mindfulness educator, facilitate brain boosts throughout the conference for meditation moments to keep everyone centered and present.
Watch our almost coverage from NAEM.
Duda on the Power of Mentorship
Prior to the event, Kristen was spotlighted for her contributions and continuing involvement with mentoring women in the EHSQ industry in some promotional pieces for the conference. Within a Q&A interview, Kristen was asked a variety of questions and offered many examples from her personal life.
- Kristen shares how her prior personal and professional experiences with networking have influenced her capabilities as a Strategic Alliances leader.
- Firsthand experiences are offered to highlight a variety of situations from Kristen’s personal and professional life that have contributed to her success in the EHSQ industry.
- Kristen offers her top five best pieces of advice to those looking to advance their career through networking and mentoring.
Check out the full Q&A here.
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About the Subject
Kristen Duda is the Vice President of Strategic Alliances at Intelex Technologies. As a professional engineer with almost 15 years of experience in environmental, health and safety management consulting, Kristen is experienced in implementing environmental compliance programs and strategies for large, multinational manufacturing corporations and defense agencies. Kristen is committed to strengthening diversity in EHSQ through mentorship and networking.