Future Safety Leaders Programming


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Come together with your peers, seasoned safety professionals and top employers for virtual programming focused on providing you with tools to begin a successful career in safety.

About ASSP’s Annual Future Safety Leaders Programming


Typically, this conference is an annual two-day event where practicing safety professionals educate, develop and mentor a select group of ASSP student members, helping them kickstart their careers and transition from student life to employment in the occupational safety and health (OSH) field.

However, we know that the world, and particularly how and where we learn, will look different as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. Planning for the future in uncertain times requires trust, nimbleness and knowledge. This means things will look different for ASSP and upcoming Future Safety Leaders Conferences.

This year's Future Safety Leaders Programming will include networking, mock interviews, and sponsor-led presentations. Registration is now open for the following:

Mock Interviews with Sponsors

Student members and emerging professionals will be paired with representatives from the Future Safety Leaders Programming sponsors (Amazon, Georgia-Pacific, Grainger, & Liberty Mutual) to simulate a real-world interview experience in short virtual sessions. Resumes MUST be submitted to Student Services prior to signing up for the session. Note: If mock interviews fill up, all participants are welcome to submit resumes which will be distributed to all conference sponsors to through Jan. 10, 2022.

Tuesday, January 25

  • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. CST
  • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. CST

Wednesday, January 26

  • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. CST
  • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. CST

Sponsor-Led Presentations with Sponsors

  • Wednesday, February 2 | 2:00 p.m. CT | 60 min Session w/ Q&A | Zoom

    Women in Safety: What it Means for Women to Lead hosted by Amazon
    While more and more women are choosing safety as a career path, the field is still dominated by men. In this session, we’ll explore the unique challenges facing women in safety, how to break into the field, how to use your voice and perspectives to effect change, and how to hone the best leadership skills.

  • Thursday, February 3 | 2:00 p.m. CT | 60 min Session w/ Q&A | Zoom

    How Being a Volunteer Benefits the Community and Your Career hosted by Draeger
    There are many reasons to consider volunteering. If you’re new to your community, looking to meet new people, interested in helping out a charitable cause or interested in learning new things and advancing your career, volunteering would be perfect for you. Volunteering helps you, your career, and your community.

  • Wednesday, February 9 | 2:00 p.m. CT | 60 min Session w/ Q&A | Zoom

    Human & Organizational Performance: Viewing Safety Through a Different Lens hosted by Georgia-Pacific
    Throughout history, industry has sought to decrease the number of serious injuries and fatalities in the workplace through a variety of methods. Regulations and enforcement have helped industry advance along this path, but still a great deal of opportunity remains. In recent years, industry has started to take a different view of safety, seeking to learn more about where the systems, culture, equipment, processes, and humans meet. Human and organizational performance is not a new concept but can be leveraged in the workplace to improve learning and control implementation to enhance our ability to impact and influence risk reduction where the work happens.

  • Thursday, February 10 | 2:00 p.m. CT | 60 min Session w/ Q&A | Zoom

    Value of ASSP in Your Career hosted by Grainger
    The American Society of Safety Professionals plays an important role in safety professionals’ careers and provides lasting value to members across the globe. At the local, national, and international levels, ASSP provides members opportunities for continuing education, networking with industry leaders, information about industry best practices and the latest standards, and even opportunities to build your own professional brand. This presentation will highlight some of the best ways your ASSP membership provides value throughout your career as well as examine real stories from current members on how ASSP has helped them be successful.

  • Wednesday, February 16 | 2:00 p.m. CT | 60 min Session w/ Q&A | Zoom

    Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling hosted by Liberty Mutual
    "Do More Asking." It's easy to get tunnel vision, to put your head down and just plow ahead on the tasks at hand rather than take a longer view and slow down enough to build relationships. Through listening, really listening, we can better understand another person's perspective and encourage openness. We gain new information and, by showing respect, we build trust and relationships. Skills around asking questions and listening to the response can significantly impact the direction of your conversations and the quality of your engagement.

How to Register

ASSP student members and emerging professionals need to register for each individual event that they are interested in attending. Event links are provided after successful registration for each event. For registration info contact student services at

Who Should Attend?

ASSP student members and emerging professionals who are ready to transition working in the safety profession should attend.

Why Attend?

Geared toward OSH students and emerging professionals looking to transition into their careers, the Future Safety Leaders Conference programming offers unique opportunities to:

  • Network for the purpose of seeking out employment opportunities
  • Engage in virtual programming discussions with experienced safety professionals
  • Gain career advice from ASSP leaders and top employers
  • Enhance career development skills
  • Develop leadership skills that you can be transferred to the future workplace
  • Share best practices and meet key ASSP leaders

Programming Costs

Program registration is free and there is no application process.

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