ISSA Hygieia Network will host a networking and leadership conference on Aug. 23 in Portland, Oregon, sponsored by Maintex and American Paper Converting; event will educate on workplace gender equity with lens of intersectionality, train allies on support

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May 18, 2023 (press release) –

ISSA Hygieia Network, an ISSA Charities™ signature program dedicated to the advancement and retention of women in the cleaning industry, is hosting a networking and leadership conference sponsored by Maintex and American Paper Converting on August 23 from 9 a.m. – 6:15 p.m. PT in Portland, Oregon. The in-person event is titled Workplace Allies: The Power of Having Someone in Your Corner and will take place at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel.

During this conference, Jeffery Tobias Halter, President of YWomen, will host a workshop titled “Engaging ALL Allies: Moving from Awareness to Advocacy,” designed to help attendees create a deeply internalized approach to gender equity with a lens of intersectionality and a sense of urgency that will drive competitive advantage in the workplace and marketplace.

Throughout the day’s conference, allies will gain strategies to better advocate and support employees from every level in the organization, senior leaders will gain insights on how to make their organizations more inclusive for everyone to thrive, and employees will discover how securing mentors, sponsors and peer relationships can help them reach their goals.

Other speakers include Laurie Sewell, President & CEO of Servicon; Gary Phillips, Director of Merchandising at Staples; Deb Mazzuca, Key Account Manager-Service Providers & Tork Solutions at Essity Professional Hygiene North America; Linda Silverman, Executive Chair of the Board of Directors at Maintex and conference facilitator Lydia Work, President at American Paper Converting.

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About 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)(3) organization, 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; and ISSA Scholars supports youth with scholarship aid and seasonal internships. To learn more about ISSA Charities and to make your own donation, visit

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