The council successfully held its first in-person conference since March 2020 last October, where more than 170 people safely attended and participated in the day and half event.
“Based on the current guidance regarding Omicron and our experience last October, the board and our staff feel that we can move forward with our plans to host an in-person event in May. Of course, we will continue to adhere to all CDC, state and local guidance for such events,” CCNJ Executive Director Dennis Hart said.
The 37th Annual Conference will feature keynote presentations by Lee Rubin, a management consultant; Dr. Tessa West, professor at New York University and author of the recently published book entitled, “Jerks at Work: Toxic Coworkers and What to Do About Them”; and Chris Jahn, CEO and president of the American Chemistry Council.
In addition to the three keynote speakers, the conference will feature five general sessions and four breakout sessions, on topics ranging from safety to climate change regulation.
“It is always a challenge to surpass the programming from the previous year when planning our annual conference, but we are glad that, even during these unusual times, we are able to produce and present such a quality event,” said Elvin Montero, CCNJ’s deputy executive director and lead planner for the event.
Last week, the council confirmed that, as of Friday, it will not require attendees to show proof of vaccination or require a negative COVID-19 test to attend the conference. CCNJ is asking that all attendees self-report their vaccination status during the registration process. More than 95% of the 2021 conference attendees self-reported that they were fully vaccinated.
The agenda and information about the upcoming conference, which is open to attendees from non-member companies, can be found on the CCNJ conference website.