GHSA 2019 Annual Meeting Featured Sessions & Speakers

Sunday, August 25

Welcome Reception
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Check To Protect

Join GHSA and your highway safety colleagues as we kick off the Annual Meeting! Attendees will get a first look at the Exhibit Hall, where they can explore the latest safety products and services. Plus, enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and local music.

Monday, August 26

Opening General Session
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Nicole Nason and Nat BeuseFederal Highway Administration (FHWA) Administrator Nicole Nason will keynote the GHSA Meeting, providing perspective on FHWA’s highway safety priorities and ongoing teamwork with states and communities, nationwide efforts to strategically coordinate infrastructure and behavioral safety, and insight on how FHWA is preparing for emerging technologies.

Nat Beuse, Head of Safety for Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group, will share Uber's vision for self-driving vehicle deployment, its approach to safety in development, and key considerations for law enforcement and other safety professionals.

Chief PicciottoWelcome Luncheon
Speaker: Chief Richard Picciotto
12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Sponsored by Michelin and Lyft

Chief Richard Picciotto, the highest ranking firefighter to survive 9/11 (and a former New York Police Department officer), will reflect on his harrowing experience that fateful day and offer an insider’s knowledge of how courage and training helped save numerous lives.

General Session on Law Enforcement and SHSO Partnership
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Representatives from law enforcement, State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs), NHTSA and the National LEL Program will discuss GHSA and NHTSA's project to enhance law enforcement and SHSO relationships. The panel will debut a number of new resources for SHSOs and law enforcement to strengthen collaboration across sectors.

Tuesday, August 27

Imagining the Future SpeakersGeneral Session: "Imagining the Future of Traffic Safety"
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Deborah A.P. Hersman, Chief Safety Officer for Waymo, will review the latest autonomous vehicle (AV) offerings and how states, law enforcement and other stakeholders can promote the safe use of automated driver assistance systems and other advanced vehicle technologies.

Vision Zero Network Executive Director Leah Shahum will discuss her organization's latest successes and opportunities for deeper collaboration between states and communities to take a systematic approach to implement life-saving changes on America’s roads.

Dr. Ben Nordstrom, Executive Director of the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (, will provide an update on’s ongoing strategy to prevent impaired driving and consider how we can leverage public health partnerships to advance safety, particularly in relation to drug- and poly-drug-impaired driving.

Highway Safety Awards Luncheon
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility and The National Road Safety Foundation, Inc.

Join us as we honor the people and programs working to improve traffic safety at the state, local and national levels. Walk away with new ideas to implement in your own work.

SplitsvilleTaste of the State Reception at Splitsville Luxury Lanes
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Uber

Mix, mingle and bowl with your GHSA colleagues at Downtown Disney’s Splitsville Luxury Lanes!

This fun location takes the traditional bowling experience to the next level; attendees will have the opportunity to bowl a few frames while networking with their highway safety peers and enjoying gourmet hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Join us for an event that’s sure to be a strike!

Wednesday, August 28

Speed Management SessionGeneral Session: Speed Management
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Excessive vehicle speed continues to be involved in more than a quarter of traffic fatalities each year. This session will join a distinguished panel of experts to discuss the latest research on speeding and automated speed enforcement, a new speed management pilot project led by GHSA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and opportunities to move the needle on this critical but often overlooked traffic safety issue.

The panel will feature Dr. David Harkey, President of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; Melissa Wandall, President of the National Coalition for Safer Roads; Sarah Abel, Technical Program Manager with the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE); and California Highway Patrol Assistant Chief Kevin Davis.

Mary Lou RettonClosing Luncheon
Speaker: America's Best-Known Olympian Mary Lou Retton
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Ford Driving Skills for Life

America’s Best-Known Olympian Mary Lou Retton, who catapulted to international fame by winning the All-Around Gold Medal in women’s gymnastics at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, will inspire and motivate attendees as they reflect on the lessons learned at the meeting.