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.
ASSP member Chris Laszcz-Davis, M.S., CIH, COH, FAIHA, AIC Fellow, is among the contributors featured by International Labor Organization in commemoration of World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2019.
Our Central Florida Chapter Women in Safety Excellence Common Interest Group members participated in American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb in Orlando, FL, by raising more than $2,400 for preventing and curing occupational and other lung diseases.
ASSP supports legislation that would require OSHA to develop a standard that would require employers within the healthcare and social services industries to implement a comprehensive workplace violence prevention program.
In comments submitted to several members of House of Representatives, ASSP commented on the Protecting America's Workers (PAW) Act (H.R. 1074). The legislation would amend the OSH Act of 1970.
Our technical report, “How to Develop and Implement an Active Shooter/Armed Assailant Plan,” will help you address risks and respond in the event of an incident.
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