Women in IH – Year Two

By Stacey L. Croghan posted 07-03-2018 11:17 AM


Empowering Women in Leadership

Wow! What a successful AIHce 2018 in Philadelphia! Both WIH educational sessions were well attended and the audience had so many great follow-on questions. We appreciate the time and effort that Aileen Yankowski, Toral Mehta and Isabel Zuclich spent preparing and sharing their Leadership Journeys to Success. And a special thank you to Aileen, again, for her sage advice and instruction on Developing Your Professional Brand.

Approximately 45 individuals from the Community attended the Open Forum where Winnie Chu had us arm wrestle one another to teach us a lesson in teamwork. What a valuable lesson to learn – working together will always get you farther than going it alone! Much appreciation and thanks also go to Peggy Hoffman for facilitating the breakout group session and guiding us through the process that resulted in a valuable collaborative effort. So many of you voiced your thoughts on what you thought the Community should look like and what it should be accomplishing. Amazingly, over 30 of you came to the volunteer meeting, following the Open Forum, and expressed your interest in being a valued “behind the scenes” partner!

Overall, it was so wonderful to see the solid attendance at each of the WIH events. Your participation, and even more importantly, your input is what will make this Community grow into a valued resource for women in the industrial hygiene profession.

But we’ve only just begun. The Working Group has taken note of all the thoughts, ideas and your willingness to volunteer, and we’re ready to get back to work……with your help of course!

Based on your feedback, the Working Group has refined the key areas in which attendees expressed interest in focusing the Community’s efforts and will be forming sub-committees. The new sub-committees will focus on Leadership, Advocacy, Education/Outreach, and Communications. The Working Group has already started discussing ideas of how to incorporate efforts in these areas into activities for AIHce 2019 in Minneapolis. In addition, we are exploring hosting virtual events and webinars that will occur during the year.  If you have thoughts or ideas you would like to see the Community address, please share them with the Working Group and join one of the sub-committees to help realize your vision!

The Working Group is kicking off the Community activities for this year on July 31st by hosting a Town Hall meeting for all Community members. During the meeting, we will discuss the WIH Community plans for the year and outline volunteer and micro-volunteer opportunities for those of you who volunteered at the conference and for anyone else interested in giving a little bit of their time to support the Community.

Here’s to an even more successful Year Two!