Women in Safety Excellence Common Interest Group


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Join our Women in Safety Excellence member community to connect with like-minded safety professionals and support the inclusion and advancement of women within the safety industry.

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
  • 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

Common Interest Group Recognition

  • 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.

Contact ChapterWISE 

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 Communities Recognize 2021 Safety Professionals of the Year

    Sep 06, 2021
    ASSP's practice specialties and common interest groups recognized members for their ongoing efforts and contributions to the Society.
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    Two ASSP Members Receive Top Women in Safety Award

    Jul 29, 2021
    Two ASSP members were awarded the Top Women in Safety Award by Canadian Occupational Safety, Denise Howitt, CRSP, CRM, and Eldeen Pozniak, CRSP, CMIOSH.
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    OSH Generations: Allison Short

    Jul 06, 2021
    OSH Generations is about family and the safety profession. In this OSH Generations, we spoke with Allison Short and her father, Kevin Gantz, to learn about their safety journey and hear how the safety profession has impacted their relationship.
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    Members Raise Funds to End Lung Disease in ALA Fight for Air Climb

    May 31, 2021
    Members of our Central Florida Chapter and ChapterWISE recently participated in the annual American Lung Association (ALA) Fight for Air Climb, in which they climbed 1,000 steps at the Exploria Stadium in Orlando, FL, and raised $3,600 to support ALA’s fight against lung disease (including COVID-19).
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    ASSP Members Featured on Safety Podcast

    Apr 01, 2021
    Several members recently appeared as guests on a safety podcast in recognition of International Women’s Day.


Leadership Opportunities 

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 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

Advisory Committee Member Lesli Johnson, CSP, ARM

Advisory Committee Member Abby Ferri, CSP

Advisory Committee Member Adele L Abrams, J.D., ASP, CSMP

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

Membership Chair Alyssa K Duncan, CSP, CIT

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

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