Who We Are
ASSP's Women in Safety Excellence (WISE) Common Interest Group advances ASSP members and the safety profession through education, mentorship, networking, collaboration, research and innovation.
What We Do
Our diverse and engaged member community promotes the equity and advancement of women in the safety profession. We strive to continuously influence industry to address current and future safety challenges affecting women in the workforce locally, nationally and globally.
- We offer education opportunities that members can immediately put into practice, as well as leadership opportunities to help our members develop to their fullest professional potential
Common Interest Group Recognition
- With approximately 2,000 members, WISE provides a vast and supportive community for networking, collaboration and change-making
- Local, national and virtual networking and collaboration opportunities abound. WISE brings members together to advocate on occupational safety and health (OSH) issues specific to women in the workplace
- We recognize our members’ professional achievements, career advancement and work in particular industries through our Member of the Month recognition program. Learn more
Why It Matters
The OSH industry and its leaders should be as diverse as all the different businesses and employees it serves. Workers are more likely to respond to safety initiatives that are spurred by people to whom they can relate and trust. Having a diverse group of safety professionals helps ensure this. Furthermore, many women have made great contributions to the safety profession, and we want to ensure that there is a place for more female-led initiatives in the future.
WISE Mentor Program
We connect experienced and rising OSH professionals from within the WISE community to invest in the future of women in the safety profession; create lifelong relationships; and enhance mentees’ business acumen and develop their leadership skills. Mentor and mentee applicants must be members of ASSP and WISE.
Access our guidelines and application
We created ChapterWISE to help coordinate WISE events such as networking, technical talks, and community and student outreach at the local chapter level.
Currently, our ChapterWISE team has 126 WISE members who represent 93 U.S. chapters and 12 countries. The team meets regularly to share ideas, exchange information and discuss upcoming events. We also present the ChapterWISE Distinction Award to recognize local chapters and their leaders for their WISE-related activities throughout the year.
How to Join
ASSP members: Log in to your ASSP account to upgrade your membership.
Nonmembers: Join ASSP and your desired common interest groups at the same time.
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Go beyond belonging to WISE and join our volunteer advisory committee, which helps advance our many initiatives, such as ChapterWise, mentoring, our annual retreat, awards and honors, member recruitment and more. Alternatively, consider running to be elected as assistant administrator, which leads to occupying the office of administrator after two years. Leadership positions within ASSP help members reach their highest level of performance, both on the job and in the Society.
Learn about ASSP elections
Women In Safety Excellence Advisory Committee
Administrator Abby Ferri, CSP
Advisory Committee Member Holly A Burgess, CSP
Advisory Committee Member Dr. Jaime Kathryn Ingalls, DA, MPH
Advisory Committee Member Patricia A Reed, CSP
Advisory Committee Member Tanya M Conole
Assistant Administrator Christina R Roll, M.S., CSP, CIH
Awards & Honors Chair Kristin Herman, CSP, CHMM, CPEA
ChapterWISE Lesli Johnson, CSP, ARM
ChapterWISE Karen E LaRue, OHST
Content Coordinator Heather J Earl, CSP, CPEA, SMS
Government Affairs Chair Jennifer S Zipeto, CSP, CHST
Membership Chair Davina T Harrison, OHST, STS
Mentoring Committee Louise E Vallee, CSP, CIH, CPE
Nominations & Elections Chair Abby Ferri, CSP
Professional Development Chair Adele L Abrams, J.D., CSMP
Secretary Stacey A Brooks, CSP, CHMM, CPEA
Social Media Chair Kelly A Bernish, CSP, COSS
Staff Liaison Ashleigh Brookshaw
Technical Question Coordinator Lucy A Miller, CSP