Interview – Tiffany Felix, Vice President of Global Corporate Services and Enterprise Risk Compliance, Oakwood Worldwide

Oakwood Felix TiffanyMy name is Tiffany Felix.  I am the Vice President of Global Corporate Services and Enterprise Risk Compliance.  I have a long title because I have a long list of responsibilities.  The scope of my responsibilities consists of Legal, Risk Management, Compliance, Crisis Management, Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Real Estate.

1) What do you feel are the biggest challenges safety leaders are currently faced with within their business?  
The biggest challenge for safety leaders is that the importance of safety is not elevated to the executive leadership team.  In many instances, safety is categorized as a line item in the budget.  A business benefits from full integration of safety into its culture.

2) As a safety leader, what do you feel businesses continue to get wrong when it comes to their Health and Safety strategy?
I think the biggest element that businesses continue to get wrong when it comes to their health and safety strategy is that it lacks a holistic approach.  Health & Safety strategies are no longer strictly about a reduction in an organization’s I&I rates and compliance with regulatory requirements.

3) What is the best piece of advice you have received within your job over the years?
The best piece of advice that I received in the scope of my career is to truly understand the business of the organization and how a business operates.  After receiving an MBA, I gained a whole new perspective on how health and safety integrates into comprehensive business strategies.

4) What is one key takeaway you hope our OHS audience leaves with after hearing your presentation on site?
The key takeaway that I hope my audience leaves with after hearing my presentation is that Enterprise Risk Management is an integral part of an organizations success and what role EHS plays in the ERM framework.  Whether EHS plays a bigger role or a smaller role in ERM, will be discussed.

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