Safe at Work Networking Series

Join us for our monthly meeting and networking group. Individuals from different industries gather to learn about new safety techniques. Meet with other safety professionals while enjoying breakfast or hors d'oeuvres.

Please scroll to the bottom of this page for the schedule, speakers, and locations.

For Breakfast Events, doors at the Thompson Center (67th and dodge) will open at 7:00am with the speaker starting at 7:30am

For Afternoon Events, we will begin at 3:30 with a Location that is to be determined. 


Join us for a great networking event with your peers and some really great speakers!

  • 2023 Complete series $465 Member | $525 Non-member
  • Full table of 8  $3165
  • Single ticket - $60 Member | $70 Non-member

To register, please contact us at or 402.898.7364. 

Register for a single ticket to the Safe at Work Networking Series ($60 member/$70 non-member

If interested in registering for a full table of 8, please contact us at 402.898.7364. 

Session and Speaker Bios

See below by month.

Note:  Networking series sessions will NOT be held in May or September. Safe at Work Networking Series meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month.



January 26, 2023 - 7:30-9am | Thompson Center | 67th and Dodge

Benefits of Safety & Environmental Certifications

Paul Radke, Columbia Southern University

Ever wondered whether it’s worth the time, energy, and money to pursue a safety or environmental certification?  What are the benefits of a safety or environmental certification - both professionally and financially?  Learn about the top safety certifications and the process involved in earning them.  Learn about the difference between certificates and certification. We’ll also discuss the future job outlook for safety and environmental professionals and the value certifications add to your individual growth and earning potential. 

February 23, 2023 - 7:30-9am | Thompson Center | 67th and Dodge

Fall Protection OSHA / ANSI Updates

Jeff Springer

Jeff Springer has worked in the Safety field since 1995 helping companies improve their overall Safety Programs. He started working for Medical Enterprises in 1995, writing programs and doing OSHA trainings. Then took a job in the Safety Division at Blackhawk Industrial Supply from 1996 to 2006. From 2007 to now, Jeff has have been a Territory Manager for PMG covering many states in the Midwest, specializing in Fall Protection assessments, OSHA/ANSI compliance and trainings.

Jeff's Presentation
March 23, 2023 - 3:30-5pm | Thompson Center | 67th and Dodge

How deep is your safety knowledge? 
This networking session will be fun and interactive and yes, there will be prizes!  Join us - it will be a KaHOOT!

Appetizers and sodas will be served.


April 27, 2023- 7:30am | Thompson Center | 67th and Dodge

Believe In Safety

Brandon Schroeder

Believe In Safety is quickly becoming a top ranked motivational safety presentation that is changing the landscape of safety presentations nationwide. Brandon Schroeder takes his audience on a journey from his quintessential life the day of the accident through his agonizing recovery, unavoidable depression, and ultimately accepting his situation and persevering. Brandon’s raw emotion and relatable nature commands resonance of his message, Believe In Safety. One of the most valued aspects of Brandon’s story is the full disclosure of his pre-accident mindset; he discusses the realities of the safety culture on the job and how this led him to that fateful day. He vividly describes how this accident changed not only his life, but the lives of those that love him. Through his 20 years of electrical and safety experience, Brandon has worked on and toured hundreds of job sites through every aspect of industry, construction, and municipality and utility. We look forward to working with you to compel your company to live by Brandon’s mission that we all must Believe In Safety.

June 22, 2023 - 7:30-9am | Thompson Center | 67th and Dodge

Electrical Safety in the Workplace

Joe Schommer, RESA Power

The world of electrical hazards, protection and accident prevention can be a confusing place. Hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries can be avoided each year by following the NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. Be prepared by arming yourself with the knowledge of the types of electrical hazards and the effects of electrical shock and flash. This session will identify the need for electrical safety as well as electrical maintenance and safety programs. Attendees will learn about arc flash hazard risk assessment, personal protective equipment (PPE) and shock and arc flash approach boundaries. Reduce your liability concerns while establishing a culture of safe work practices among employees after attending this session. One hour presentation.

July 27, 2023- 7:30-9am | Thompson Center | 67th and Dodge

Ergonomics in Manufacturing

Don Birkentall

Don joins the Safety Council with more than 30 years in the safety industry. His experience as an OSHA Compliance and Health Officer, as well as his tenure in manufacturing, utilities and the construction industries, coupled with his service in the U.S. Air Force, provides a wealth of safety knowledge that he is excited to share. Don reports that his favorite part of his career is teaching others the benefits of working safely.

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August 24, 2023 - 3:00-5pm | NSCN - 3111 Oak View Dr. - Grand Opening

NSCN will be hosting an Open House/Ribbon Cutting!  Please join us to tour the new facility.  

Open House 3-5pm
Ribbon cutting 3:30pm

September 21, 2023 - 3:00-4:30pm | NSCN - 3111 Oak View Dr.

Better not bitter.jpgSpeaker:  Michelle Cowan, author

In Better, Not Bitter: A journey from heartbreak to healing, when Michelle Cowan’s husband dies in a sudden crash, she is forced to figure out how to move forward with a grieving teenage daughter. This would require them to walk a path that was a foreign passageway to most and welcomed by none. Both would come to experience the brutality of a political system and an industry that levels immeasurable destruction and heartache. At the same time, they would encounter unexpected kindnesses, support, and the sheer goodness of others.

“…Michelle has chosen to make the world a better place as a result of her tragic experience.” —TOM OSBORNE, NebraskaHuskers football coach and U.S. Congressman

October 26, 2023 - 7:30-9am | Thompson Center | 67th and Dodge


Deb Anderson, PSP, CISSP, MWI Direct
Robert D. Achenbach, EdD, CMAS, MWI Direct

Presentation:  Adapting Workplace Violence Strategies to Accommodate a Modern Flexible Workforce


As businesses embrace the modern flexible workforce, security professionals must reimagine how the workplace violence strategy must adapt to secure assets, data and employees. While many employees are considered “hybrid,” securing the physical property is a challenge when it comes to access control, protective strategies, training and insider risk mitigation. While most organizations may have had a robust security program in place, many facets of pre-pandemic policies and plans will not transfer over to the current work environment. The presenters will share considerations to think about for identifying and preparing for threats of violence and establishing a proactive approach for securing the new workforce paradigm.      

  • Participants will develop the skills to identify and prepare for threats of violence to protect the modern flexible workforce. 
  • Participants will understand the impact of the modern flexible workforce on building emergencies due to reduction in staff.   
  • Participants will identify proactive strategies for a blended learning environment to support this hybrid workforce paradigm.


Debra J. Andersen, PSP, CISSP

Security Administrator, Physical and Cyber Security at MWI Direct, Lincoln. Deb manages physical and cyber security policies and programs. Deb’s over 15 years’ experience includes developing and implementing a global manufacturing company’s physical security and Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program. She conducted security assessments, designed, and implemented security solutions for businesses. Deb holds a PSP certification from ASIS International and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) from ISC2.

Robert D. Achenbach, EdD, CMAS

CSO and Director, Corporate Security and Safety at First National Bank of Omaha. Dr. Achenbach served as Chief Security Officer for the past 17 years. Robert’s 30 years of accomplished experience is in risk mitigation and program development within government and private sector administrations. He directed sound consultation to improve security measures, systems, and strategies in the compliant protection of equipment, information, and personnel. Robert is a Certified Master Anti-Terrorism Specialist (CMAS) with the Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board.

November 16, 2023 - 7:30-9am | Thompson Center | 67th and Dodge

Speaker:  Danny Smith, SafeStart

Safety's Flux Capacitor: Shaping The Future of Your Organization


If you had a workplace time machine, what insights would your future-self provide? Most leaders would want to use this opportunity to improve the outcome reliability in common problem areas like safety, performance, employee engagement and culture. The great news is reliable outcomes don’t require seeing the future. A human factors framework model can provide a prescriptive approach to addressing deficiencies in organizations. Participants will learn the common challenges associated with human factors—within both individuals and organizations.


  • Understand the key components and interactions of a human factor framework model. 
  • Identify common challenges associated with human factors – within both individuals and organizations. 
  • Discuss the impact human factors can have on overall outcome reliability in the areas of safety, performance, employee engagement and culture.

About Danny:  Danny, distinguished for his thought leadership in human factors management for SafeStart, regularly speaks at conferences on a variety of topics related to injury reduction, engagement and culture. With over 25 years of EHS experience in several industries, Danny has the ability to make the concepts being taught relatable and valuable to every participant.

December 7, 2023 - 3:30-5pm | Holiday Networking | Location TBD

Holiday Networking Event