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.
- 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.
Get the latest news from the ASSP Women in Safety Excellence member community, including meeting updates, future engagements and education, requests for volunteers, and calls for action or advocacy.
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ASSP partnered with The WAM Podcast on a six-episode series about the impacts of gender on workplace safety and health. The 30-minute podcasts are hosted by CEO Jennifer McNelly who is joined by subject-matter experts in discussing issues specific to women in safety.
A recent NIOSH study examined the rate at which drug overdose deaths occurred in U.S. workplaces between 2011 and 2016, and compared fatality rates among different industries and demographics.
ANSI/ASSP Z16 encourages safety professionals and other users to look beyond traditional measures of evaluating performance to examine criteria such as leading and lagging indicators, the dollar value of safety controls and KPIs.
A collaborative campaign, My Safe Summer Job, aims to educate young workers, parents, employers, supervisors and teachers about the importance of workplace safety and highlights five key elements of creating safe workplaces for young people.
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 Christina R Roll, M.S., CSP, CIH
Advisory Committee Member Holly A Burgess, CSP
Advisory Committee Member Dr. Patricia A Reed, CSP
Advisory Committee Member Tanya M Conole
Assistant Administrator Camille P Oakes, CSP, SMS, CIT
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 Kathleen Dobson, CSP, CHST, SMS, STSC
Membership Chair Alyssa K Duncan, CSP, CIT
Mentoring Committee Louise E Vallee, CSP, CIH, CPE
Nominations & Elections Chair Abby Ferri, CSP
Professional Development Chair Adele L Abrams, J.D., CSMP
Secretary Margaret M Smith, CSP, CIT
Secretary Lucy A Miller, CSP
Social Media Chair Kelly A Bernish, CSP, COSS
Staff Liaison Ashleigh Brookshaw