Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Announces Honorees and Keynote Speakers of the 16th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference


The annual conference “Where Knowledge and Action Unite” will be held in Washington, D.C. April 3-5, 2020

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), an independent nonprofit dedicated to preventing asbestos exposure, today announced the honorees for its 16th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference, “Where Knowledge and Action Unite,” April 3-5 in Washington, D.C.

On Saturday, April 4, 2020, we will recognize our Conference Honorees during ADAO’s 16th Annual Gala Awards and Recognition Dinner, from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm ET.

This year’s academic conference recognizes a number of distinguished individuals who have given of themselves to help in the fight against asbestos disease, to help influence a ban, and uncover injustices that have led to our current asbestos crisis.

2020 Asbestos Awareness Conference Keynote Speakers Include:

Saturday, April 4, 2020 Keynote Speaker
Rebecca L. Reindel, MS, MPH, AFL-CIO

Saturday, April 4, 2020 Andrew Schneider Memorial Lecturer
Wendy Ruderman, Philadelphia Inquirer

Sunday, April 5, 2020 Unity and Remembrance Brunch Keynote Speaker
Julie Gundlach, Mesothelioma Warrior

2020 Asbestos Awareness Conference Honorees Include:

The Tribute of Hope Award
The Honorable Congressman John Shimkus, and The Honorable Congressman Paul Tonko

Tribute of Unity Award
The American Federation of Teachers

Warren Zevon Keep Me In Your Heart Award
Judd Apatow, award-winning filmmaker

The Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Jacqueline M. Moline

Alan Reinstein Award
Barry Robson

Alan Reinstein Award
Robert Sussman

Tribute of Inspiration Award
Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act (ARBAN) Supporters: AFL-CIO; American Federation of Teachers; American Public Health Association; Center for Environmental Health; Environmental Protection Network; Canadian Environmental Law Association; Collegium Ramazzini; Environmental Health Strategy Center; Environmental Information Association; Environmental Working Group; The Fealgood Foundation; Global Ban Asbestos Network; GO 2 Foundation for Lung Cancer; Hazards: International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers; International Association of Fire Fighters; Less Cancer; Natural Resources Defense Council; OK International; Public Citizen; Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families; Toxic-Free Future; United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry; United States Public Interest Research Groups; and internationally, Associação Brasileira dos Expostos ao Amianto.

2020 Asbestos Awareness Conference Sponsors Include:

Platinum Sponsor
Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC

Gold Sponsor
American Federation of Teachers

Silver Sponsor
Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen

Silver Sponsor
Weitz & Luxenberg PC

Bronze Sponsor
International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers

“Without the dedication of these honorees, keynote speakers, sponsors, and our global family of asbestos warriors, we would be nowhere in the fight to ban asbestos and end its horrible tragedy,” stated ADAO President and Co-Founder, Linda Reinstein. “We are proud this year to honor key individuals who have made a tangible difference in our united fight against asbestos, and to help influence a ban. The list includes a wide range of political activists, journalists, medical practitioners, and most importantly—individual asbestos warriors—who keep our movement going. We are enormously grateful for their tireless work, dedication, and self-sacrifice. In unity, there is power and hope.”

This year’s academic conference features many experts from around the world. Year after year, it is the only annual conference dedicated solely to preventing asbestos exposure and eliminating asbestos-caused diseases. Attendees have a unique opportunity to connect with the leaders and influencers in the asbestos prevention community, as well as victims and family members sharing in the fight against asbestos—turning anger into action.

Read the full list of honorees here.

Conference Registration is open and can be accessed here.

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