ISSA has opened membership to its Hygieia Network.

According to the organization, the network is a women’s forum with a mission of advancing and retaining female professionals in all sectors and at all levels of seniority and experience within the global cleaning community. Named after the Greek goddess of cleaning and hygiene, this vibrant worldwide community will provide members with ongoing education, networking opportunities, professional development and industry recognition—in addition to the strong sense of purpose and self-actualization that comes with being involved in this worthwhile cause.

“Facilitating ongoing networking and commercial opportunities for our members in the international cleaning industry is at the core of ISSA's mission," said John Garfinkel, ISSA's executive director emeritus. "The ISSA Hygieia Network—and its work for the advancement of women in our industry—is a natural fit. We want to encourage companies to look to their workforces to help diversify and develop exemplary leadership.”
Since its creation in November 2014, an advisory council of female leaders, chaired by Ilham Kadri, president of Diversey Care (part of Sealed Air), has been developing the network’s framework for membership and services. 
In addition to leadership development for managers and executives, the education program also will help address front-line worker challenges, such as literacy levels, training for certification and on-the-job practice.
“Let us never forget that in the cleaning industry, as in every walk of life, women’s rights are human rights,” said John Barrett, ISSA's executive director. “Gender equality and the empowerment of women are essential to our sustainable future.”
According to Barrett, the purpose of the Hygieia Network Awards program is to recognize individuals and companies that have made an outstanding contribution to gender equality and inclusiveness within the global cleaning industry. The awards will be presented annually and are open to everyone. The deadline for award submissions is Oct. 15. Members of Hygieia Network Council will jury the nominations, and the winners of the awards will be announced at the ISSA Hygieia Network Reception, Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m. in Las Vegas.
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