Named after the Greek goddess of cleaning and hygiene, the ISSA Hygieia Network is an international community dedicated to the advancement and retention of women in all branches and at all levels of the global cleaning industry, with special focus on cleaners’ advancement.

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It will provide ongoing education, networking, professional development, and personal recognition awards available to any women working in, or associated with, the industry.

This vibrant, world-wide community is open to any woman or man employed in, or associated with, the cleaning industry.


The moral imperative
Women should not face gender discrimination and should always enjoy opportunities for advancement solely on merit. Sadly this is not always the case and, exacerbating the problem, women at all levels are often less confident requesting the tools and training required for continuous professional development.

The ISSA Hygieia Network aims to reverse this invidious social conditioning and provide an empowering and supportive network that allows talent to shine and develop regardless of gender.

Improving the bottom line
The business case for diversity and gender equality is equally irrefutable. A more diverse workplace – in which women are able to freely participate and where their contribution is valued – fosters creativity and innovation.

A more diverse workforce also enables the understanding of a broader range of market segments, offering the potential for business growth.

Numerous studies show that organizations with middle and senior management teams that are gender balanced consistently enjoy better bottom-line results.

“70 years ago when my grandmother went to work, she walked through the backdoor of the building…just because she was a woman. Still today, too many doors remain closed to too many women. I want our daughters and granddaughters to be able to walk through any door of any building in any place in the world.”
Deborah Gillis, CEO at Catalyst

Founding Members


Meredith Reuben

CEO at EBP Supply Solutions, Chairwoman of ISSA Hygieia Network


Nathalie Doobin

CEO at Harvard Services Group


Holly Borrego

Senior Director of Cleaning Services
C&W Services


Lydia Work

CEO at American Paper
Converting Inc

Linda Silverman

Linda Silverman

President at Maintex


Kim Price

VP, Sales Force & Distributor Effectiveness, GP PRO l Georgia-Pacific, LLC


Carey Jaros

Chief Operating Officer at GOJO Industries


Riley Doherty

Area Vice President, Facilities Solutions at Staples Business Advantage

Racquel White

Racquel White

Chief Communications, Brand, and Public Affairs Officer at Diversey


Dr. Ilham Kadri

Chairwoman Emeritus


With an overarching remit of supporting career advancement for women at all levels in the industry, the ISSA Hygieia Network will undertake activities that promote the entry into, advancement, and retention of women in the cleaning & hygiene industries.

These objectives will be met through a variety of initiatives including women’s executive roundtables, the organization of a global awards scheme and receptions at major exhibitions and conferences to provide a supportive touchpoint for members and encourage the cross-fertilization of best practice ideas.

The ISSA Hygieia Network develop programs to reduce illiteracy levels and foster academic achievement in members as well as campaign for the improvement of working conditions for immigrants and undeclared labor. Help will also be offered to educate women on more personal topics such as healthy eating, childcare and health issues.

“Any opportunity to learn new skills that will allow me to move forward in my career is great. Knowing that there is a supportive and encouraging network ready to help give me access to this has given me the confidence to be more ambitious.”

Holly Borrego, Cleaning Services Director NA at ISS Facility Services Inc


In addition to a strong sense of purpose and self-actualization that comes with being involved members will receive a variety of benefits. ISSA Hygieia Network hopes to eventually develop 24/7 access to online forums for help and advice and access to an ISSA Hygieia Network member directory.

The ISSA Hygieia Network will also help both established professionals and entry level colleagues through a multitude of programs designed to develop their skills and decision-making.

In the fall of 2018, the ISSA Hygieia Network is launching a Mentoring Program that facilitates and encourages professional development of ISSA Hygieia Network members at any stage in their career and in any of the areas related to their work in the professional cleaning and jansan industry. The program aims to develop strong leadership and support members in developing their professional skills and expanding their learning circles. All applications must be registered members of the ISSA Hygieia Network.

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Mentoring is defined as a professional relationship in which an experienced person (the mentor) assists another (the mentee) in developing specific skills and knowledge that will enhance the less-experienced person’s professional and personal growth. The ISSA Hygieia Network (IHN) Mentoring Program facilitates and encourages professional development of members at any stage in their career and in any area related to their work in the professional cleaning industry.

In the U.S., women earn almost 60 percent of undergraduate degrees, yet they make up only 14.6 percent of executive officers, 8.1 percent of top earners and 4.6 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs. Currently, six in ten (61 percent) Millennials benefit from having somebody to turn to for advice, or who helps develop their leadership skills, such as a mentor.

Without a trusted mentor, young employees may not advance professionally or choose to quit and seek different career paths. Employee retention is a challenge for nearly every business, but within the jan/san industry alone, the annual turnover rate is approximately 300 percent.

With an overarching remit of supporting career advancement for women at all levels in the industry, the ISSA Hygieia Network Mentorship will help young professionals begin their career with a step ahead and help businesses improve employee retention.

The ISSA Hygieia Network Mentoring Program facilitates one-to-one mentoring relationships that connect mentees with leaders in the industry to learn and develop. Career mentoring helps you to expand networks, gain new knowledge and insights, and build new skills.

Take the first step in furthering your professional development by joining today!

Mentoring Program


The ISSA Hygieia Network honors individuals and businesses instrumental in promoting women in the cleaning industry at the fourth annual ISSA Hygieia Network Awards Ceremony. During the ceremony, we will be giving awards to individuals in the industry that have demonstrated outstanding leadership, community, and support in their work environment.

ISSA Hygieia Network Reception

Tuesday October 30, 2018

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Trinity Ballroom at the Omni Hotel

Below are the nomination criteria: 

  • Name and contact information
  • Brief description of their accomplishments
  • Why you think they should be nominated.

To nominate someone, fill out the award nomination form.

The following awards will be given during the 2018 ISSA/Hygieia Opening Ceremony:

  1. Member of the Year: Recognizing a member who has made an outstanding contribution to the cleaning industry through their involvement in activities that fulfill one or more of the IHN’s goals and objectives.
  2. Rising Star of the Year Award: Same principles as the previous one, but eligible to women aged under 35 only.
  3. Man of the Year Award: For a senior-level man who is dedicated to promoting the advancement of women in the cleaning industry through mentoring.
  4. Employer of the Year Award: Recognizes the company that best promotes women’s interests.
  5. Special Honors Award: In addition to competitive awards, the ISSA Hygieia Network Council may bestow special honors on deserving individuals or institutions at its discretion.

See the special winners of The ISSA Hygieia Network’s reception and special video capturing the event highlights.


ISSA Hygieia Network Announces 2018 Award Winners and New Mentoring Program

Northbrook, IL, USA—October 31, 2018—The ISSA Hygieia Network, an ISSA Charities nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement and retention of women in the cleaning industry, introduced its new mentoring program and announced its 2018 award winners during the fourth annual ISSA Hygieia Network Award Ceremony. The event was held at the Omni Dallas Hotel on Tuesday, October 30, during the ISSA Show North America 2018.

“Over the last year, the ISSA Hygieia Network has worked tirelessly to create a unique, inspiring, and successful mentoring program to help women within the global cleaning industry succeed,” said Dr. Ilham Kadri, ISSA Hygieia Network chair. “Mentors have been instrumental to my career success—without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today. We encourage every person within the industry to sign up to become a mentor, mentee, or both to drive change and transform lives.”

The ISSA Hygieia Network Mentoring Program facilitates and encourages professional development of women and men at any stage in their careers and in any area related to their work in the global cleaning industry. Mentors and mentees will be provided with training guides, online support, and effective mentoring tips and activities throughout the six-month mentorship. To sign up, visit

Concluding the ceremony, the councilwomen of the ISSA Hygieia Network announced this year’s award winners within the four categories:

  • The Hygieia Member of the Year Award, which recognizes an industry professional who has made a significant contribution to the cleaning industry, was presented to Meredith Reuben, CEO, EBP Supply Solutions, for her outstanding leadership and dedication to mentoring women within the industry.
  • The Rising Star of the Year Award, open to women aged 35 and under who have demonstrated a commitment to further the ideals and objectives of the ISSA Hygieia Network, was awarded to Gabriele Strano, R&D global technical service, Diversey Brazil, for her remarkable technical and leadership skills and commitment to inspiring women.
  • The Man of the Year Award, dedicated to a senior-level man who promotes the advancement of women within the global cleaning industry, went to Paul Bedborough, chief executive, C&W Services, for promoting, supporting, and celebrating diversity in the workplace.
  • The Employer of the Year Award, which recognizes a company that promotes women within the organization, was awarded to Kimberly-Clark Corporation for its focus on catering to the needs of women and championing women’s rights.

A Special Honors Award was given to honor the late Chris Klopper, founder and former CEO, Mulberry Marketing Communications, for his role in helping develop the ISSA Hygieia Network and his dedication to supporting women within the industry and beyond.

The judging panel included Talya Gitin, senior director, corporate relations, Catalyst; Caleb Fields, manager, teacher through leader talent acquisition, Denver Public Schools; Michelle Marshall, editor, European Cleaning Journal; Kyle Ogden, former ISSA board member; and Dan Weltin, editor-in-chief, Trade Press Media Group.

“The ISSA Hygieia Network will continue to recognize the talented and inspiring women and men who are passionate about driving inclusivity and diversity within the workplace,” said Kadri. “Looking ahead, the ISSA Hygieia Network is determined to create a bright and prosperous future where mentors and mentees learn from one another and leave a positive impact not only on the industry, but the entire world.”

To sign up for the ISSA Hygieia Network Mentoring Program, visit


About the ISSA Hygieia Network

Named after the Greek goddess of cleaning and hygiene, the ISSA Hygieia Network is an international community dedicated to the advancement and retention of women in all branches and at all levels of the global cleaning industry, with special focus on cleaners’ advancement. For more information, visit or follow us on social media: Facebook: and Twitter:

About ISSA, The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association

With more than 9,200 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 Mainz, Germany; Botany, Australia; 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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ISSA Hygieia Network has Recently Published a Ground-breaking New Book called Invisible Heroes

The ISSA Hygieia Network has recently published a ground-breaking new book called Invisible Heroes. It tells the inspirational stories of 23 women – and 1 man – who have brought cleaning out of the shadows.

Invisible Heroes is available to purchase now online at Amazon


Become a member

Annual individual membership subscriptions are available to individuals employed within existing ISSA member companies*. Similarly corporate memberships* are also available.

Cleaning Operative or Frontline Supervisor
Membership is free to employees of organizations with corporate membership of the ISSA Hygieia Network.

Individual Professional Membership
$95 per annum

Corporate Membership
$295 per annum

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As a sponsor of the ISSA Hygieia Network, you will be an industry leader in diversity and inclusion and champion for women. Companies with more diverse management teams have 19% higher revenue, and organizations with women holding at least 30% of leadership roles are 1.4 times more likely to have sustained, profitable growth. As a sponsor of the Hygieia Network, 100% of your donation contributes to our necessary operating funds, including running our formal mentoring program that remains free to members, supporting our sponsorship program and helping host our annual networking and awards event. Sponsorship also allows Hygieia to hire a full-time project manager to help support and expand Hygieia’s initiatives, fundraising efforts, and reach.

Event Sponsorship

Over the last several years, Hygieia has hosted one of the highest profile events within the industry, selling out each year with over 350 attendees. The ceremony is held in conjunction with the annual ISSA Show North America and features an inspirational keynote speaker as well as a formal presentation from the leading women of the Hygieia Council. During the event, the award winners and scholarship winner are announced. The reception also allows attendees ample time to network with industry members and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Above all, the Hygieia Awards Ceremony shines a spotlight on gender equality and inclusion within the global cleaning industry.

To learn more about sponsoring our annual event, please click here.

Corporate Sponsorship

As a corporate sponsor of the Hygieia Network, you will be an industry leader in diversity and inclusion and champion for women. Ranging from bronze, silver, gold and platinum, there are a number of opportunities to support Hygieia and gain unique benefits. To continue our mission in helping advance and retain women in the industry, we ask for your support.

To learn more about becoming a corporate sponsor, please click here.

“Let us never forget that in the cleaning industry, as in every walk of life, “women’s rights are human rights.”
Gender equality and the empowerment of women are essential to our sustainable future.”

John Barrett, Executive Director, ISSA

Be a part of the ISSA Hygieia Network and commit to securing that sustainable future,
where all women and men in the cleaning industry are equally empowered and rewarded.


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