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NSC Young Professionals Division

For safety professionals under 45, this affinity group focuses on those who are in the first half of their career in safety. The Young Professionals Division prioritizes connection, training and resources to improve results in all safety environments.

Get Involved

The NSC Young Professionals Division has opportunities to get involved in a variety of ways – you can join a committee, take a leadership role, participate in an educational program, or serve on a committee. 

Program Committee 
The Young Professionals Division Program Committee will meet three times in 2021 to work on planned programming, as well as future series for in-person meetings. In addition to the three, one-hour meetings there is an estimated five hours of additional time working on these projects throughout the year. Click on the date to register.

Engagement Committee
The Young Professionals Division Engagement Committee helps identify ways for Division members to get involved in the work of the Division. In addition to three, one-hour meetings in 2021, there are opportunities to give more time as committee members are able. Click on the date to register.

Contact Sarah Van Huis for more information, or to add your voice and experience. If these committees aren’t what you’re looking for, no problem! Complete this quick survey and help us better understand your needs.

Young Professionals Webinar Series

Join the Young Professionals Division for a four part series on some of the most critical communication skills in safety: 

Making the Business Case for Safety
April 21, 10 a.m. CT
Safety programs cost money – and it is important for every safety professional to discuss the value of those expenditures with all levels of the organization. Peter Sullivan, NSC delegate and trustee, and the North America health, safety & environment lead for Accenture Strategy & Consulting, will discuss how safety practitioners can best make the business case for safety, whether speaking to the finance, risk or executive team. Register

Practical Tips for Leaders – Roundtable       
May 5, 2021, 3 p.m. CT
Amanda Horner, Young Professionals Division Secretary, will lead a short presentation and discussion on practical leadership. All are invited to participate in this roundtable. Register

Influencing Without Authority
May 26, 10 a.m. CT
Safety professionals need to build support in a variety of departments, from operations to finance. This presentation will discuss how safety professionals can start making safety part of the conversation – even when people don’t have to listen. Register

Gaining Credibility
June 9, 12 p.m. CT
All safety professionals need to be able to show they understand the risks employees take day to day. Garrett Stricker of Stellantis will share his tips and tricks to being taken seriously, especially if you’re new or have no hands-on experience. Register


Save the Date!

The 2021 Young Professionals Division annual meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon (ET) Tuesday, Oct. 12, in conjunction with the NSC Safety Congress & Expo. Registration information will be available soon.

Young Professionals Division Mid-year Meeting (March 5, 2021)

Annual Meeting (Oct. 14, 2020)

Division Specific Information 

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Chairman's Message

The Young Professional’s Division welcomes safety professionals under age 45 from all industries, with the goal of bringing together like-minded, safety-driven individuals to improve safety across all segments. Our Division provides a great opportunity for anyone interested in getting involved in the National Safety Council to become familiar with the Divisions and the Council as a whole. We welcome you and look forward to working with you help eliminate preventable deaths in our lifetime.

– Vaughn Hayes
2019-2021 Young Professionals Division Chair
Hopkins Propane

2019-2021 Young Professionals Division Leaders

Vaughn Hayes
Director of Operations
Hopkins Propane
Division Chair

Chris Osterhout
System Safety Specialist
Sound Transit
Division Vice Chair

Amanda Horner
Mid-America Regional Council
Division Secretary

Kristen Chipman
EHS Supervisor
Cianbro Fabrication & Coatings Corp.
Immediate Past Chair

Travis Parker
Lee Mechanical
Leadership Development Chair

Jeff Kozub
DowDuPont Specialty Products (DuPont Division)
Membership Chair