Improvement in Action

Future-Proof Your Quality and Safety Management Systems

Two knowledge-packed conferences back-to-back

Improvement in Action is a brand-new conference from DEKRA, focusing on quality management and continual improvement strategies. Immediately following will be the world-leading Safety in Action conference at the same venue in Nashville, TN.

Improvement in Action
Elizabeth Zimmermann

Keynote Speaker

Elizabeth Zimmermann is the management representative for Western Digital’s Integrated Management System (IMS) and is focused on integrating EHS governance and implementation across the company’s portfolio of global operations, while representing Western Digital’s core IMS Policy of committing to ensure quality, protect people and the environment.


Monday, April 1st

1:00pmSign-in begins
2:00pmWelcome and Q&A
CRO Eric Labe and President Dr. Cem Onus
2:30pmInformation and Data Security for the Future
Neil Simons
Technology is advancing at an ever-quicker pace, and the impacts of disruption are becoming greater. How can your IT department prepare through internal and external audits that add value in the face of the risks inherent in today's digital world?
3:00pmLive Hacking Demonstration
Graham Stanforth
Watch an ethical hacker tackle cybersecurity in real time to show just how vulnerable all of
our systems can truly be. Graham Stanforth is Head of Technical Service Management for
DEKRA Training in Germany
4:00pmTechnological Advancements in Auditing
Curt Swanson
The use of remote and computer-assisted techniques while auditing isn't new, but it is growing. There is also new guidance to consider from ANAB and IAF on how ICT can appropriately fit into an audit plan for the most value-added outcome.
5:00pmEnd of Day 1 Sessions
6:00pmDEKRA Appreciation Reception and Dinner
A dinner thanking DEKRA clients and stakeholders and recognizing their accomplishments

Tuesday, April 2nd

9:00amDay 2 Opening Remarks
Elizabeth Zimmermann of Western Digital Corporation
She is currently the management representative for Western Digital’s IMS and is focused on integrating EHS governance and implementation across the company’s growing portfolio of global operations.
10:00amEnergy Efficiency Management
Jeanine Gordon
How can you achieve your sustainability goals by using intelligent business practices? It's easier than it sounds - empower your team members to make a difference.
11:00amStrategies for Scalable Management Systems
Sally Wilk
Building an effective management system takes more than a Quality Manual. Learn more strategies that will enable you to think ahead to future business needs so that your Quality Management System can grow with your business.
12:00pmLunch provided
1:00pmISO 45001: The New Workplace Safety Standard
Kevin Campbell
What is ISO 45001 all about? Maybe you are certified to OHSAS 18001, or maybe you are new to safety management systems altogether. We will start from scratch to explain how ISO 45001 will fundamentally change safety across industries.
3:00pmBenefits of Integrated Management Systems
Dennis Chen
Implementing an integrated management system is not the best strategy for everyone, but there can be significant advantages to this approach. Learn about the cost savings, time
savings, harmonization across business units, and other wins that can come with an integrated management system.
4:00pmEnd of Day 2 sessions
6:00pmMeet for shuttle to dinner in downtown Nashville

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Hotel Information

The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

This is where Improvement in Action and Safety in Action will be held. Secure a special rate of $210 per night by booking by March 1st.

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Safety in Action

For over 30 years DEKRA's safety conference has provided a forum for supervisors, managers, and leadership from all over the world and across industries to openly network with peers, learn best practices and cutting-edge solutions.

The agenda includes workshops and sessions across a range of safety-related topics with an emphasis on practical application, employee engagement, and continuous improvement.

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