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Does Safety See All People? Or, Only Some?

A webinar in partnership with the National Safety Council

Safety and Inclusion: Does Safety See All People? Or, Only Some?

For decades, safety and health leaders made it their mission to keep everyone – regardless of  backgrounds, ethnicities, genders and orientations – free from harm. Over this time, the long-standing approach of “color blindness,” or treating everyone the same, served as a mantra of sorts for those seeking to ensure that their workforce was fairly protected. 

Yet as thinking in diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) evolves and our understanding of bias and the need for equity, not just equality, becomes more apparent, many safety leaders struggle to understand why or how they may need to adjust their mindsets and strategies. Some push back at the notion that DE&I is a safety issue at all, and the increasing politicization surrounding virtually any social issue adds fuel to an already fiery conversation. 

In this webinar, representatives from the National Safety Council, WMFDP | FDP Global and corporate EHS leaders will share their perspectives on whether DE&I belongs in the safety and health conversation, what they’ve learned about in-field application of DE&I principles and what organizations can do to meet the needs of the workforce of the future.


  • Thursday, August 25, 2022 @ 8 am PT | 12 pm ET
  • 90 minutes
  • Free

Our Guests

John Dony is the Vice President of Thought Leadership at the National Safety Council. In this capacity, he oversees the Campbell Institute, the global EHS&S center of excellence, as well as Safe Actions for Employee Returns (SAFER), NSC’s COVID-19 response initiative, Work to Zero, focused on serious injury and fatality prevention through technology, and the MSD Solutions Lab, an innovative new program focused on innovation in ergonomics and beyond. John also leads a variety of other research and impact initiatives including programs related to psychological safety, ESG & sustainability, and more. 

Since joining the National Safety Council in 2007, John has led numerous high-impact programs, including the prestigious Robert W. Campbell Award. John is a frequent speaker at conferences in North America and Europe on topics including the future of work, emerging trends in EHS&S, management systems, leadership, and leading indicators. Prior to joining the Council, John held quality management, project management, and coalition-building positions in the communication and educational fields.

Amy May is currently Senior Director, BCA Fabrication Quality. She was most recently General Manager of Boeing Canada Winnipeg, which manufactures complex composite parts for every airplane that Boeing Commercial Airplanes produces. Amy started her Boeing career as an industrial ergonomist supporting Fabrication, 737 and 757 programs. She supported the 787 new airplane design, where she and her teammates received a patent for a “method for managing ergonomic risk exposure in manufacturing.” She later led corporate and commercial fabrication and final assembly environment and safety teams, responsible for multi-site, global integration. She was Senior Director of Workplace Safety, when the company marked the 5-year anniversary of “Go for Zero” with recognition of the National Safety Council’s most prestigious honor, the Robert W. Campbell Award. 

Amy is committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion having participated on an organizational team that won a national and company award, and two teams that defined the DEI policies for non-profit organizations. A graduate of Harvard University’s General Management Program, Amy holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Kansas State University and West Virginia University, respectively. Amy currently serves on the National Safety Council’s Campbell Institute Steering Committee, where she serves as the committee chair for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee, and the Kansas State University’s Industrial Engineering Advisory Council.

Sam Clark continues the Clark lineage as president, being the fourth to serve over the firm’s more than 65 years. He grew up in the Grand Ledge area and graduated from Grand Ledge High School in 1987. He served in the U. S. Army from 1991 to 1994 and was stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington. Upon his honorable discharge, Sam enrolled in Northern Michigan University where he obtained a B. S. in Building Construction Management. He joined Clark Construction Company as a Project Manager in 1996. During his 17-year career, Sam has been involved in many market sectors and is most notably known for his expertise in casino, resort venues.

From 2005 to 2009, Sam was the Project Director for the two most recent Las Vegas-style, Indian gaming casinos in Michigan – Odawa Casino Resort in Petoskey and FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek. Sam’s expertise in managing large construction teams on high-end casinos has gained him respect throughout the gaming community. He was also instrumental in working with Owners and Architects on some of Clark’s larger resort developments in northern Michigan.

Wayne Pignolet heads WMFDP | FDP Global’s operations following a thirty-year career in a variety of leadership roles with small and larger companies in an array of different industries. Wayne grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and received his BA in Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1982 and a Masters of Business from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management in 1988.

Wayne spent five years as a senior consultant for Balmert Consulting, and for three years as a consultant and facilitator for WMFDP. In Wayne’s role as Head of Operations he is responsible for finance, HR, Client Services, and Business Development.