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 Effectiveness, GP Pro a Division of Georgia-Pacific


Carey Jaros

CEO-Elect at GOJO Industries


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.

Applications should be made to


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 fifth annual ISSA Hygieia Network Awards Reception. 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 November 19, 2019

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Monet Ballroom at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas, Nevada

Below are the 2019 awards: 

  1. Member of the Year: recognizes the ISSA Hygieia Network member’s involvement (individual or company) in activities that fulfill one or more of the organization’s goals and objectives.
  2. Rising Star of the Year Award: honors a woman age 45 or younger who has made achievements and demonstrated consistent upward mobility in her career within the industry.

To nominate someone, fill out the award nomination form (right) or click here.


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.
To sponsor Hygieia, please complete this form and send to


ISSA Hygieia Network Announces 5th Annual Awards and Networking Reception

Northbrook, IL, USA—August 21, 2019—The ISSA Hygieia Network, an ISSA Charities signature program dedicated to the advancement and retention of women in the cleaning industry, announced today that it will host its fifth annual Awards Reception on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Bellagio Hotel during the ISSA Show North America Las Vegas 2019. Those who wish to attend can register on the ISSA Show website.

“For five years, Hygieia has been on a mission to provide the necessary 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. “After the launch of our Mentoring Program, Hygieia participation has doubled in size and we look forward to sharing our newest initiatives during this year’s event.”

The ceremony will feature keynote speaker, Kathy Walters, former Executive Vice President of Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products, along with an informative presentation by the leading women of the Hygieia Council. After the awards and scholarship winners have been announced, the event will lead into an inclusive networking hour with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

The ISSA Hygieia Network Awards were founded to recognize individuals and organizations who have made a significant contribution to the global cleaning industry. Nominations will be evaluated by the Hygieia Council and a select group of jury members.

The two award categories include:

  • The Hygieia Member of the Year, which recognizes the ISSA Hygieia Network member’s involvement (individual or company) in activities that fulfill one or more of the organization’s goals and objectives.
  • The Rising Star of the Year, which honors a woman aged 45 or younger who has made achievements and demonstrated consistent upward mobility in her career within the industry.

The ISSA Hygieia Network is now accepting award nominations and invites the public to submit nominees online now through Oct. 18, 2019 at

To become a sponsor of the Awards Ceremony, please e-mail

To learn more about the ISSA Hygieia Network, and to sign up for its free Mentoring Program, 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 LinkedIn, Facebook 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 9,200 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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“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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