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69th Annual Virtual SES Conference

The 2020 Virtual Conference theme is “The Value of Standardization and the Standards Professional”

 Export to Your Calendar 8/5/2020 to 8/6/2020
When: Wednesday and Thursday August 5-6, 2020
10:00 AM
Where: United States
Contact: Mike Morrell

Online registration is available until: 8/6/2020
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The 2020 Virtual Conference theme is

“The Value of Standardization and the Standards Professional”


August 5-6, 2020

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Eastern


The SES is proud to announce that registration for the event will be free for all attendees.

Tentative Agenda

Wednesday August 5th

10 AM – Official Opening 

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM – Keynote: Jim Pauley, NFPA

11:00 - 11:15 AM – Break

11:15 AM – 12:00 - Session 1 – The Link Between Community Resiliency and Codes & Standards

Megan Hayes, NEMA

Bryan P. Holland, NEMA , Southern Region Field Representative for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association

The purpose of this panel session is to bring together the various stakeholders in the code development and code enforcement industries to discuss how societal demand, emerging technologies, and best practices can be incorporated into building and electrical codes and standards to enhance and improve community resiliency. Building and electrical codes have served for decades as protectors of our safety, ensuring that products installed in buildings meet certain performance requirements and that together, make our world a safer place. As society faces different challenges – larger storm systems, increased risk of flooding, more forest fires, devastating earthquakes, etc., building and electrical codes are serving to ensure community resiliency before, during, and after a natural disaster. Each panelist will present a different perspective on the importance of codes and standards when addressing the opportunities and challenges of community resiliency. This includes representatives from standards development organizations responsible for the creation and maintenance of performance-based product safety standards and prescriptive-based installation codes, representatives from the insurance industry that evaluates the risk of natural disasters and other hazards a community may face and the level of resiliency that community has incorporated into their building standards, and representatives from the inspector/installer community charged with the responsibility of licensing, permitting, enforcement, and professional education to community leaders, code professionals, and the public at-large.

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM SES Awards

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM– 1:30 PM Session 2 – Why Competencies are Important for Today’s Standardization Professional

Karen Reczek, Social Scientist, Standards Coordination Office (SCO), National Institute of Standards & Technology

Erik Puskar, Senior Standards Specialist, Standards Coordination Office (SCO), National Institute of Standards & Technology

Lisa Spellman, Executive Director of Exchangewell Global Digital Consortia with SAE Industry Technologies Consortia (SAE ITC®)

Competencies are often overlooked and undervalued. When properly managed, awareness and use add value to organizational strategic and HR efforts. As common denominators, competencies help describe what abilities the organization needs and how to acquire them.  Competencies can be part of employee hiring, on-boarding, performance appraisal, compensation, and succession planning. Competencies can make it easier to communicate with workers about the qualifications needed to be considered for future work in the organization. Competencies provide a means to discuss career paths and articulate specific ways to develop oneself or leverage one's strengths. This session will focus on the importance of defining the skill sets and competencies needed to be successful in standards and conformity assessment. Participants will gain an understanding of the distinction between the skills and competencies, the role they play in career development and of the work being done at ISO and in Asia on competencies for standardization professions. Speakers will share plans underway to develop an SES competency framework for standardization professionals and our job description clearinghouse.

1:30 PM– 2:00 PM  - Session 3 – Women in Standards

Karin Athanas, Acting Executive Director TIC Council Americas

The presentation will discuss both balance and diversity. The contributor types as outlined by ANSI, which are reported by SDOs as being the hardest to attract, what approaches SDOs have used or would like to use and what hurdles exist in either of those groups participating or hurdles in SDO's seeking to attract them to the standards process.

2:00 PM – Day one of conference ends

Thursday August 6th

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Session 4 – The Impact of AI: New Ways to Work

Moderator: NIST Rep, JTC-1 Rep, -TBA

Speaker 1: Health Care – -TBA

Speaker 2: Tony Lewis, VP of AI HP

Not only has the COVID-19 crisis had a major impact on the way we work it is also acting as an accelerate for new technologies. This ranges from enhanced virtual conferences, to telemedicine, to robotics delivery services. Many of these changes are being powered by AI Technology. In this session, we will explore ways that AI technology is enhance and shaping the new ways to work and discuss how standards and conformity assessment can empower and accelerate these solutions.

10:45 - 11:00 AM – Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 Session 5 – Consumers in Standards Development

Priscilla Magee, Consumer Outreach Manager, ANSI

ASTM (Invited)

CPSC (Invited)

Voluntary consensus standards affect nearly every consumer product, yet consumers have long been underrepresented in the development of these standards. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredits standard development organizations (SDOs) and American National Standards by neutrally auditing an SDO’s standard development processes. The document, ANSI’s Essential Requirements, lists criteria and qualities that the development process must include to be accredited, such as balance, openness, lack of dominance, due process, and consensus. SDOs best achieve these requirements—and optimize their standards— when consumers have a seat at the table. Despite efforts from SDOs of all sizes and funding levels, nearly all struggle to connect with and engage consumers in their standards activities. To address this challenge concerning the most underrepresented stakeholder group, ANSI staff will moderate a roundtable detailing ANSI’s commitment to consumer participation in the voluntary consensus standards process. Two standards development organizations of contrasting size and funding levels will discuss their current level of consumer participation and outreach methods. A representative from the Consumer Product Safety Commission will discuss their role in standards activities, the Commission’s perspectives on consumer participation, and highlight standards that have greatly benefited from consumer engagement. The group will discuss the value proposition to engage consumer advocates and public interest groups in standards activities, emerging areas of standardization of greatest interest to consumers, and brainstorm ways to conduct effective outreach and improve long-term engagement with this stakeholder group.

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Lunch

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM  Business Meeting

1:00 PM   – 1:30 PM  Session 6 – TBA

1:30 PM   – 2:00 PM Closing Keynote – TBA