The National Safety Council is saluting a group of up-and-coming professionals making a difference in safety. NSC created the “Rising Stars of Safety” program to engage the safety leaders of tomorrow, as their insights and experience will be crucial to advancing the future of safety.
The 2011 NSC Rising Stars represent 40 individuals younger than 40 who have demonstrated outstanding safety leadership. This year, almost 150 nominees went through a rigorous review process that included blind scoring, without names or affiliations, against four main criteria:
- Leadership attributes
- Examples of safety initiatives producing measureable outcomes
- Engagement of peers in transforming safety culture both on and off the job
- Strong personal beliefs in the value of safety to business operations
This year’s class of NSC Rising Stars comes from a variety of industries representing four different countries. They work at organizations varying in size from 60 employees to 430,000. We are proud to recognize these Rising Stars at our 2011 NSC Congress & Expo in Philadelphia, Oct. 30-Nov. 3.
To have a strong safety culture, safety needs to be acknowledged as everyone’s responsibility within an organization. We are pleased not only to be recognizing safety professionals; this year’s class also includes a digital media coordinator, a human resources director, a regional director of customer operations and several vice presidents of organizations. The innovative ideas and perspectives from this year’s class of NSC Rising Stars will provide a unique perspective NSC can then share with members, customers, volunteers and the public.
The Council will continually work to engage, communicate with and learn from each year’s class of Rising Stars. Many of last year’s honorees participated in monthly calls and a midyear meeting. They also volunteered time to present webinars on their areas of expertise, participate in the Council’s industry interest groups and share their thoughts on emerging issues NSC should address as it looks to the future of safety.
Understanding the needs of the future generation of safety leaders will be essential to furthering the Council’s mission. We are excited to begin working with the 2011 class of NSC Rising Stars, along with last year’s inaugural class, and tapping into their knowledge and skills. Together we will be able to save more lives and prevent more injuries.
President and CEO
National Safety Council