I am currently a Regional Safety and Health Professional for CGB Enterprises, establishing and maintaining EHS programs for fifteen facilities. I graduated from Murray State University with a Master of Science in Safety Management and a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health. Previously, I served as a Graduate Assistant in the Occupational Safety and Health Department at Murray State and completed internships for three Fortune 500 companies.
My involvement with ASSE
I have been a member of ASSE since 2012 and was extremely involved in the student section at Murray State University where I served as the secretary and then president. During my presidency, Murray State’s Student Section conducted multiple recognized research projects, organized new community service events, and was awarded the Outstanding Student Section of the Year by ASSE.
I have attended the Future Safety Leaders Conference both as a student and a young professional, serving as a speaker. I am currently actively involved in the Young Professionals in OSH Common Interest Group which strives to increase involvement, provide education, and build relationships.
Annual Professional Development Conference
Imagine a time and place where big-name professionals in the OSH industry, whom you have read about, are meeting to talk about cutting-edge findings, ideas, and problems facing the industry. This exists at ASSE’S Annual Professional Development Conference and Exposition. The conference itself is so much more than education, I would recommend any student or young professional interested in the OSH profession attend.
The main reason why most people attend the conference is to learn and hear about best practices and the research being done in the field. I was stunned at how many different sessions were going on at the same time. It may feel overwhelming at times because there are so many sessions and it’s hard to keep up, but I know that I walked away having gleaned a bit of knowledge from the best and brightest out there. You can’t get that anywhere else.
Many would say networking is a given, but the extent to which this can be done at the conference is second to none. I’ve been to my share of career fairs, and they pale in comparison to those you could meet at the ASSE conference.
Not only are the speakers presenting, they’ll be sitting in sessions and having lunch with you. This is an excellent opportunity to share ideas, challenges and connect. You can directly seek out professionals in areas in which you are interested, get involved in conversations with them about their work, and get career advice.
When I was a student, my peers and I met mentors, applied for internships and in the end, got a job in safety, by simply attending and talking to people. This helps you build your network now.
If you’re a young professional like me, do it! You will get so much out of it.
Expand your network and connect with me!