Meet Our Speakers

Attendees of the 2017 Safety Summit will hear from the leading professionals in the behavioral safety field! Read more about these world-renown experts, below, and make sure you visit our "Past Summits" page to see pictures of our past Safety Summit speakers in action. 

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Aubrey Daniels, P.h.D

Aubrey Daniels International

Our keynote speaker, Aubrey is one of the top experts on human behavior, specializing in management, leadership, and workplace safety. As founder of the Atlanta-based consulting firm, Aubrey Daniels International, he and his team provide internationally sought-out solutions to help organizations enhance the performance of their employees, while still promoting a culture of safety. Additionally, Aubrey has authored six best-selling books, including Bringing Out the Best in People: How to Apply the Astonishing Power of Positive Reinforcement, now in its third edition.

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Dr. Timothy Ludwig

Appalachian State University &

One of Industrial Safety and Hygiene News Magazine's "Power 101" Leaders in the Safety and Health World, Tim applies his expertise in Behavior Systems Analysis, Strategic Planning, and Human Resources Development to design, develop, and implement safety programs for numerous organizations in both the private and public sector. His widely-followed website,, provides readers with empirically-derived behavior-based safety information and is a vital resource for any organization wanting to implement and foster a culture of safety in the workplace. Tim has earned the NC University Board of Governors's Excellence in Teaching Award and is a Distinguished Graduate Faculty member of Appalachian State University's Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resources Management Masters program.

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Chuck Pettinger, P.h.D

Process Improvement Leader, Predictive Solutions

Blacksburg, VA-based Chuck Pettinger specializes in the use of predictive analytics as a way to improve an organization's safety culture. With over 25 years of experience, Chuck is an influential member of the Predictive Solutions team that provides cultural change services with the support of "big data" to organizations and companies world-wide. In 2016, he was named one of Industrial Safety and Hygiene News Magazine's "Top 50 Thought Leaders for Today and Tomorrow." 

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Connie Engelbrecht

Director, TSCApp (Pty) Ltd.

Connie comes with over 25 years of experience in guiding organizations on best practices for a safe workplace that are based on the principles of Actively Caring. As Director of Total Safety Culture App L, headquartered in South Africa, Connie and her team have developed revolutionary software that helps employees report dangerous incidents, while also recognizing these employees for positive occurrences. The result? A safety culture that is proactive instead of reactive. 

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Thomas Cunningham, P.h.D

Behavioral Scientist, National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health

Dr. Thomas Cunningham is a behavioral scientist and the Chief of  the NIOSH Training Research and Evaluation Branch.  He also coordinates the NIOSH Small Business Assistance Program and Translation Research Program. His research addresses intervention development and research translation for safety and health applications in construction, health care, and several small business sectors. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from Virginia Tech.

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E. Scott Geller, P.h.D

Senior Partner, Safety Performance Solutions & Alumni Distinguished Professor, Virginia Tech

Dr. E. Scott Geller is a pioneer of the behavioral based safety field. In fact, he's inspired many of our other world class Summit Speakers! Authoring close to 400 research articles and countless books, his expertise led to the creation of the "Actively Caring for People" movement, which he began over 20 years ago. With Safety Performance Solutions, Geller and his team have successfully worked with a variety of organizations and industries, helping implement safety initiatives that apply behavioral psychology principles to encourage employees to be their best selves and better the lives of those around them. Most recently, Dr. Geller’s knowledge and past research can be explored in his textbook, Applied Psychology: Actively Caring for People, published in March 2016.

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Josh Williams, P.h.D

Senior Project Manager, Safety Performance Solutions

Josh Williams brings close to 20 years of successful experience and is currently a Senior Project Manager with Safety Performance Solutions.  He has more than 20 publications in leading safety journals and has earned the Cambridge Center National First Prize for his research on behavioral feedback. He is also the author of Keeping People Safe: The Human Dynamics of Injury Prevention (Publisher: Government Institutes). With Safety Performance Solutions, he has managed People Based Safety and Safety Culture Assessment initiatives in both English and Spanish with leading global organizations.