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The ISSA Hygieia Network, an ISSA Charities signature program dedicated to the advancement and retention of women in the cleaning industry, holds its fifth annual Awards Reception tonight at the Bellagio Hotel during the ISSA Show North America Las Vegas 2019. 

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

Two awards will be given tonight. First, 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 other award goes to a younger member of the group. 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 ceremony will also 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.

Hygieia was established in 2015, and was named for the Greek goddess of cleaning and hygiene.

“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,” says 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.”

Through their mentorship program and regional meetings, Hygieia aims to provide leadership, skill building and networking opportunities to women in the industry.