GHSA 2021 Annual Meeting Featured Sessions & Speakers

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Additional speakers will be announced.

Monday, September 13

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

Steven Cliff
Steven S. Cliff
Nat Beuse
Nat Beuse

Steven S. Cliff, Ph.D., Acting Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (invited), will provide an update on federal highway safety priorities.

Nat Beuse, Aurora's Vice President of Safety, will provide an update on Aurora's automated vehicle initiatives, efforts to improve road safety and opportunities for collaboration between tech companies and state highway safety offices.

 

Welcome Luncheon Speaker: Brad Meltzer
12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Brad MeltzerBest-selling author and History Channel host Brad Meltzer will inspire and dazzle attendees with his personal story of perseverance, focus and the commitment to one’s dreams.

 

 

Afternoon General Session
4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Tammy Trimble
Tammy Trimble
Nadia Anderson
Nadia Anderson
Jim Epperson
Jim Epperson
Rob Patrick
Rob Patrick
Gina Espinosa-Salcedo
Gina Espinosa-Salcedo

With automated and driver assistance technology becoming ever more prevalent, an invited panel of national experts from Waymo, Cruise, NHTSA, the California Highway Patrol, and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute will discuss how law enforcement and other first responders can prepare for the new vehicles coming onto roadways.

 


Speakers will include:

  • Tammy Trimble, Senior Research Associate, Division of Data & Analytics, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
  • Nadia Anderson, Senior Government Affairs Manager, Cruise
  • Deputy Commissioner Jim Epperson, California Highway Patrol
  • Rob Patrick, First Responder Specialist, Waymo
  • Gina Espinosa-Salcedo, Regional Administrator, Region 8, NHTSA

Tuesday, September 14

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

Carmen BestChief Carmen Best (Ret.), Seattle Police Department, will share her experiences as the first Black woman to hold Seattle's top law enforcement job. During her tenure, she brought greater equity and diversity to the department and strengthened community-based approaches to policing.

Best is also steadfast in her view that law enforcement must be supported and remain on the front lines keeping the public safe. In 2020, she chose to resign her position in Seattle rather than implement a reduction in force.

Following Chief Best's presentation, she will join a distinguished panel of experts in a roundtable discussion on steps the highway safety community is and should be taking to achieve greater equity in traffic enforcement and engagement, thus broadening the impact and effectiveness of safety programs.

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

Awards LuncheonJennifer HomendyJoin us as we honor the people and programs making a difference in traffic safety at the state, local and national levels. Walk away with new ideas to implement in your own work.

Jennifer Homendy, Member of the National Transportation Safety Board and President Biden's nominee to be NTSB Chair, will provide an update on the agency's traffic safety efforts.

Wednesday, September 15

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

Lorraine Martin
Lorraine Martin
Julie Vallese
Julie Vallese
Melissa Wandall
Melissa Wandall
David Ocamb
David Ocamb
Arriale Tabson
Arriale Tabson
Philip Miatkowski
Philip Maitkowski

In the midst of an historic pedestrian safety crisis, the pandemic opened the nation’s roadways up to an increase in excessive speeding. A panel of national experts will discuss how we can get drivers to slow down.

 

 

Speakers will include:

  • Lorraine Martin, President and CEO, National Safety Council
  • Julie Vallese, Associate Administrator for Communications and Consumer Information, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Melissa Wandall, President, National Coalition for Safer Roads
  • David Ocamb, Chief Planning & Research Officer, GDC Marketing & Ideation
  • Arriale Tabson, Chief Information Officer, Tennessee Highway Safety Office
  • Philip Maikowski, Director of Research, Transportation Alternatives

Closing Luncheon Speaker: Jim Kelly
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Jim KellyPro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is known for his toughness on the field, facing the loss of his eight-year-old son and battling cancer three times. He will speak about the power of the four F’s – Faith, Friends, Family and Fans and what it really means to be “Kelly Tough.”

Workshop Topics

  • Impaired Driving Strategy and Partnerships
  • Hot Issues in Alcohol, Drug and Multi-substance Impaired Driving
  • Occupational Support for Law Enforcement Officers
  • Highway Safety Criminal Justice in 2021
  • High Visibility Enforcement in the New Era
  • Highway Safety Outreach in Diverse Communities
  • Protecting Non-Motorized Road Users
  • Dropping Distracted Driving through Policy, Engagement and Enforcement
  • Transportation Reauthorization
  • Sub-Recipient Partnership Workshop
  • Lessons Learned on Overcoming Highway Safety Program Disruption
  • Tribal Traffic Safety Partnerships
  • The Future of Motorcyclist Safety
  • Increasing Safety on Rural Roads
  • Key Partnerships to Improve Traffic Records