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.
All ASSP members are invited and encouraged to join WISE. By becoming part of our community, you will have the opportunity to learn more about people you work with but may not share a background with; build your knowledge and ability to be an ally and a more inclusive safety leader; and gain insight and understanding from different perspectives so you can improve your practice of safety.
- 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.
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.
Women In Safety Excellence Advisory Committee
Administrator Camille P Oakes, CSP, SMS, CIT
Advisory Committee Member Holly A Burgess, CSP
Advisory Committee Member Dr. Patricia A Reed, Ph.D., CSP
Advisory Committee Member Tanya M Conole, COHSProf
Advisory Committee Member Lesli Johnson, CSP, ARM
Advisory Committee Member Allison Short, CSP, CIT
Advisory Committee Member Jennifer S Zipeto, CSP, CHST
Assistant Administrator Karen E LaRue, OHST
Awards & Honors Chair Kristin Herman, CSP, CHMM, CPEA
Content Coordinator Heather J Earl, CSP, CPEA, SMS
Government Affairs Chair Kathleen Dobson, CSP, CHST, SMS, STSC
Mentoring Committee Louise E Vallee, CSP, CIH, CPE
Nominations & Elections Chair Christina R Roll, M.S., CSP, CIH
Secretary Lucy A Miller, CSP
Social Media Chair Kelly A Bernish, CSP
Staff Liaison Sarah Amdor
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.
Interested in leading?
Learn about ASSP elections