Using Appreciative Inquiry to Accomplish Your Strategic Goals


Join us as we explore the use of Appreciative Inquiry as a tool to achieve your strategic safety and health goals.  Mr. DeJesse will review the concept of Appreciative Inquiry, apply it to strategic planning, and help set goals to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of your safety and health management system. 



Presented by:

Nicholas DeJesse, Assistant Regional Administrator, OSHA

Nicholas DeJesse is the Assistant Regional Administrator of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Region III jurisdiction. In this role, Nicholas is responsible for cooperative programs such as VPP, consultation, agency outreach, grants, and emergency management; he is also responsible for State oversight for the OSHA State plans of Virginia and Maryland. In 1996, Nicholas started his Federal career with OSHA as a compliance safety and health officer responsible for inspecting and investigating various industries including petro/chemical, construction, manufacturing, and maritime sectors.

In 2007 Nicholas was hired by the Department of Health and Human Services/Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response as a regional emergency coordinator. He was the lead public health and medical planner for several National Special Security Events (NSSEs), including the 2008 Presidential Inauguration, 2009 G-20 Summit, various State of the Union Addresses, and the H1N1 pandemic event.

In 2012, Nicholas returned to OSHA to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of employees working in the jurisdiction. He held the positions of Assistant Area Director and Area Director up until July 2016 when he became the Assistant Regional Administrator of Region III.

Nicholas has a Master’s degree in Science from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), certifications in Lean Six Sigma, Myers Briggs, Emotional Intelligence, and Merging Cultures. Finally, he teaches and advises at PCOM in their graduate program for organizational development and leadership, teaches and advises at Jefferson University in their graduate program for disaster medicine and emergency management, and teaches at Penn State University in their graduate and certificate programs for organizational development and leadership.