Leadership: Making Your Path for Influencing at Every Level. AIHA members Aileen Yankowski, MPH, CIH, and Major Crystal C. Brown, CIH, CSP, discuss with Tamara Parris, of Women in Safety, their journey as women in industrial hygiene and how they arrived at where they are today.

Scope of Work

The Women in Industrial Hygiene (WIH) Committee strives to become an established resource for professional career development and leadership skills relevant to women working in industrial hygiene and utilizes subcommittees to pursue numerous projects with specific goals in order to achieve our vision. These subcommittees drive our projects to ensure successful completion. Specific annual objectives and performance measures are developed by committee members at each year’s AIHce annual meeting.

Goals and Objectives

To become an established resource for professional career development and leadership skills relevant to women working in industrial hygiene.​

  • Communications
    Disseminate information, news, and timely content to the WIH Community and promote the community within and outside AIHA. The Communications Subcommittee has achieved and is actively maintaining an active social media presence establishing and universally accessible resource for leadership and mentoring throught the use of Catalyst, Facebook, and Instagram (#WomeninIH).
  • Leadership and Advocacy
    Increase deliberate development of leadership skills, and recognition of women in industrial hygiene using existing award systems; creating new opportunities; and supporting women in the workplace.
  • Outreach
    Initiate and sustain activities to develop partnerships; create connections and promote the allied health professions through advertisement in educational venues; regional networking and mentoring.
  • Operational Excellence
    Dedicated to the support of women in industrial hygiene and related occupations. The committee is actively engaged in advocacy within the association and within associated committees like the American Society of Safety Professional’s Women in Safety Excellence and works to influence the growth of women in leadership. The Committee is a source of leadership-based information and is committed to outreach with future professionals, the existing AIHA membership, and the general public.

Current Projects

  • WIH Leadership Summit.
  • Social media including AIHA Women in IH LinkedIn group.
  • Quarterly Newsletter including Ask Alice column.
  • Presentations at local sections meetings, Universities, and other Industry associations.
  • Permanently Endowed Scholarship.


  • AIHA Outstanding Volunteer Group (2022, 2021, 2020, 2019)
  • Awarded the AIHA Rising Star Award (2019), and Soaring Star Award (2021)

Products Produced by the Group

  • Leadership Summit.
  • Presentations materials.
  • Newsletter.
  • Social meeting groups.


Aileen Yankowski Outstanding Leader of the Year Award

The Aileen Yankowski Outstanding Leader of the Year Award, presented by the AIHA Women in IH Committee, is awarded annually to an individual who, through volunteerism, supports the career development of professional women, promotes leadership skills and disseminates critical information relevant to women working in industrial hygiene. This year’s recipient is Nancy Wilk, HBSc, MHSc, CIH, Senior Principal, Senior EHS Consultant, WSP Golder.


  • Rising Star in 2020.
  • Outstanding Volunteer Committee.

Collaboration Efforts

  • ASSP Wise.
  • Leadership and Management.
  • Minority SIG.

Group Dynamics

Our members range from early career to career long professionals with a mix of industries. We are a very friendly and engaged group with monthly virtual meetings and an annual Town Hall meeting. There are many opportunities of varying levels of volunteering that fits your interests. Joining a sub-committee is a great way of getting involved. Participate in a monthly committee meeting to learn more about the committee. If our mission and accomplishments resonate with you, please volunteer! We're a very accepting group. Membership is open to all.