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ISSA Hygieia Network Announces 2019 Award Winners

Northbrook, Ill., USA—November 20, 2019— The ISSA Hygieia Network, an ISSA Charities signature program dedicated to the advancement and retention of women in the cleaning industry, announced its 2019 award winners during its fifth annual Awards and Networking Reception. The event took place at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Tuesday, November 19, during ISSA Show North America 2019.


“For the past five years, the ISSA Hygieia Network has been on a mission to provide the programs, tools, and support that enable all women in the cleaning industry to accelerate their careers and achieve their full potential,” said Meredith Reuben, chairwoman of the ISSA Hygieia Network. “This year’s event doubled in size and support, and we thank everyone who joined us to celebrate the individuals and companies that are actively making a difference in the industry.”


This year’s awards and winners include:

  • The Hygieia Member of the Year Award, which recognizes an industry professional or company that has made a significant contribution to the cleaning industry, was presented to Diversey, for continually supporting women in the workplace and its dedication to the values of the ISSA Hygieia Network organization.
  • The Rising Star of the Year Award, open to women aged 45 and under who have made achievements and demonstrated consistent upward mobility in their career within the industry, was presented to Wendie Manion, commercial sales director, GOJO Industries. Manion was selected for her commitment to being an inspirational leader and role model for women across the industry, as well as her passion for championing causes that impact women.


The independent jury that determined the two winners included three ISSA Charities Board Members: Mark Bevington, president, NSS Enterprises Inc.; Richard Rones, president, Americo Manufacturing Co. Inc.; and Thomas Lane, National Sanitary Supply Co. retiree.


This year’s awards and networking reception featured an inspiring keynote presentation by Kathy Walters, former executive vice president of Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products. The second portion of the event was dedicated to networking and learning about Hygieia’s programs, including its mentoring program, regional networking events, and online networking community.


“We have many new and exciting initiatives that help promote and drive diversity, inclusion, and opportunity within the industry,” said Dr. Felicia L. Townsend, program director, ISSA Hygieia Network. “By providing ongoing education, networking events, mentoring, and professional development training, the ISSA Hygieia Network is making a positive, lasting impact.”


To learn more about the ISSA Hygieia Network Mentoring Program, visit To join the ISSA Hygieia Network online networking community and find out about the next professional development conference, visit


About the ISSA Hygieia Network

Named after the Greek goddess of cleaning and hygiene, the Hygieia Network is an ISSA Charities non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and retention of women in the cleaning industry. For more information, visit or follow us on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter.


About ISSA Charities

ISSA Charities is the charitable and philanthropic arm of ISSA and The Worldwide Cleaning Industry. A 501(c)(03) organization, the ISSA Charities mission is to make the world a cleaner, healthier, better place to live by sponsoring, funding and operating charitable and social programs directly connected to the cleaning industry. Our Signature Charities are changing the way the world views cleaning. Cleaning for a Reason provides professional home cleaning for cancer patients. The ISSA Hygieia Network advances women, diversity, equity and inclusion in the cleaning industry. ISSA Scholars supports youth with scholarship aid and seasonal internships. To learn more about ISSA Charities and to make your own donation, visit


About ISSA, The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association

With more than 9,300 members—including distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, building service contractors, in-house service providers, residential cleaners, and associated service members—ISSA is the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry. The association is committed to changing the way the world views cleaning by providing its members with the business tools they need to promote cleaning as an investment in human health, the environment, and an improved bottom line. Headquartered in Northbrook, IL, USA, the association has regional offices in ; Whitby, Canada; Parramatta, Australia; Seoul, South Korea; and Shanghai, China. Visit, call 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982-0800, join the discussion with ISSA’s LinkedIn group, and follow ISSA on our Facebook page and Twitter account.


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