AIHA Announces Keynote Speakers for AIHce EXP 2018

Entrepreneur-Turned-Forbes Magazine Editor-at-Large, Rich Karlgaard and Air Force Col. Kirk Phillips to Present Keynote Sessions at AIHce EXP 2018

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is pleased to announce Rich Karlgaard and Colonel Kirk Phillips as the keynote opening and closing speakers for the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo (AIHce EXP). 

Release No. SPR-18-0131-01 
Gabriella Lehimdjian, AIHA Communications
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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (January 31, 2018)- The American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo (AIHce EXP), with over 4,500 attendees, is the most-respected conference of its kind in North America. AIHce EXP is the “must-attend” event for occupational and environmental health and safety professionals of all levels, due in great part to its renowned speaker lineup.  AIHce EXP 2018 is excited to announce that two well-known “disruptors” will challenge the participants of this year’s conference to think differently about the future of the work force and worker health—Rich Karlgaard and Colonel Kirk Phillips.
Rich Karlgaard is an entrepreneur-turned-Forbes magazine editor-at-large, columnist, author, television commentator, private investor, and board director. His presentation entitled “Three Megatrends and Four Best Practices That Will Shape Your Business Future” will be held on Monday, May 21 at 8:00 AM.
Karlgaard is a respected forecaster who offers a unique vantage point on the trends driving the business and economic climates; he forecasts the business and technology world as it is likely to unfold over the next two, five, and ten years. Karlgaard is uniquely positioned at the intersection of business, economic, innovation, and technological trends. As such, he is able to see, weigh, and articulate the variables that will shape the future. He will kick off AIHce EXP 2018 with what promises to be an unforgettable presentation on the trends affecting the industrial hygiene and occupational environmental health and safety (IH/OEHS) profession.
Tuesday, May 22’s General Session will feature a highly anticipated, moderated roundtable entitled “Mitigating Opioid Exposure Risks to First Responders: What’s Been Done, What’s Left to Do & How You Can Help.” This session will begin at 8:00 AM.
Back by popular demand after his eye-opening presentation at AIHA’s 2017 Fall Conference, Colonel Kirk Phillips will be the closing keynote speaker. Phillips will be discussing “Total Exposure Health: A Revolutionary Way to Think of Exposure and Primary Prevention” on Wednesday, May 23 at 3:30 PM.
Colonel Phillips currently holds the position of Health Safety and Environment (HSE) Practice Leader at LJB Inc. out of Dayton OH. Recently, Phillips served as the BSC Associate Chief for Bioenvironmental Engineering (BE) in the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General. In this capacity, he oversaw development and execution of Air Force occupational and environmental health policies and development of the career field’s 362 officers and 960 enlisted members. In 2014, he developed Total Exposure Health as a strategic initiative to institutionalize primary prevention in work, environmental and lifestyle exposures. Prior to his current assignment, Col Phillips was the Director of Policy and Programs for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Environment, Safety and Occupational Health, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
AIHce EXP will be held May 21-23 in Philadelphia, PA, with professional development courses (PDCs) being offered May 19, 20, and 24. 
AIHce EXP provides a wealth of knowledge and expertise through a varied array of quality, peer-reviewed presentations. A diverse menu of formats, including general sessions, lectures, poster sessions, interactive Hub presentations, exhibitor learning pavilion sessions, and pre-conference PDC’s, provides multiple pathways to learning. Industry professionals also enjoy numerous networking opportunities to connect with their peers.
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