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Hygieia Networking and Leadership Conference – Workplace Allies: The Power of Having Someone in Your Corner


Feb 28 2024


9:00 am - 3:30 pm


Atlanta, GA

Georgia Pacific


ISSA Members: $89 USD
Nonmember: $119 USD 

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    This event is now sold out.

The cleaning industry is rapidly growing and it’s important to have strong relationships and an organizational culture that embraces allyship. Connecting with the right allies in an inclusive and welcoming workplace will not only enhance one’s career but also help one to grow professionally and personally.

During this 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
  • Employees will discover how securing mentors, sponsors and peer relationships can help them reach their goals

This conference is ideal for first level managers, supervisors and mid – to senior leadership.

Conference Location

133 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia


Engaging ALL Allies: Moving from Awareness to Advocacy

Dictionary.com recently selected “allyship” as the word of the year. Yet the 2022 McKinsey Women in the Workforce study found that only 14 percent of companies are doing Allyship training.

This workshop, Engaging ALL Allies: Moving from Awareness to Advocacy, is 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 a competitive advantage in the workplace and marketplace. 

This interactive workshop will: 

  • Examine “The Future of Work” and the long-term implications for advancing women and other under-represented groups
  • Explore the barriers that women are still facing and also the unique challenges faced by women of color. 
  • Discuss the four barriers and the solutions to active male advocacy and provide attendees with 10 immediate Actions for Advocates 

Hotel Reservations

Candler Hotel Atlanta, Curio Collection by Hilton
127 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

For your convenience, conference attendees can book their discounted hotel stay at the Candler Hotel Atlanta, Curio Collection by Hilton which is steps away from Georgia-Pacific.

Book your reservation via the following link: https://www.hilton.com/en/attend-my-event/issahygieianetworkcharities/

Special Discount Hotel Rate Deadline: February 6, 2024





9:00 – 10:00 AM Check-in & Continental Breakfast  

10:00 – 10:15 AM 

Welcome and Kick-off

Dr. Felicia L. Townsend
Program Director

ISSA Hygieia Network

Kim Price
Vice President, Market Sales
GP PRO a division of Georgia-Pacific

10:15 – 11:35 AM

Kick-off Workshop: Engaging ALL Allies:
Moving from Awareness to Advocacy

Jeffery Tobias Halter


11:35 AM – 11:50 AM



11:50 AM – 12:10 PM

Breaking Barriers:

Perseverance, Taking Fearless Leaps,
and Surrounding Yourself with Trusted Allies

Danyelle Leatherwood
Branch Manager – Atlanta 
Imperial Dade

12:10 – 12:30 PM

Give for Fun and Free!

Jeff Roberts
Chief Revenue Officer

Wendie Manion
Vice President – Strategic Accounts
Supply Source

12:30 – 12:50 PM

Creating an Environment to Empower Others

David Duncan
Executive Vice President
Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products Group

12:50 – 1:50 PM

Networking Lunch


1:50 – 2:30 PM

Panel Discussion

Kim Price (Moderator),
David Duncan, Danyelle Leatherwood, 
Wendie Manion, and Jeff Roberts

2:30 – 3:15 PM

Group Mentoring Sessions

Led by industry leaders

3:15 – 3:30 PM


Dr. Felicia L. Townsend, Kim Price

This conference is sponsored by:


This event is now sold out.

Due to the overwhelming number of registrations received for the February 28th Hygieia Networking and Leadership conference in Atlanta, we are now sold out and unable to accept any more registrations.

Interested in registering a large group?
For inquries about group ordering, please contact the event organizer.

Hygieia Network


Hygieia Network
(224) 534-5059

Other Organizers

Dr. Felicia Townsend
(224) 534-5059
[email protected]
Megan Jacobo
[email protected]


  • Kim Price
    Kim Price
    Vice President, Market Sales, GP PRO a Division of Georgia-Pacific

    Kim Price is Vice President of Away from Home Market Sales with Georgia-Pacific’s CPG Customer Organization. She assumed this responsibility in 2021. Kim joined Georgia-Pacific in 2005 in our Entry Level Sales Associate Program (JumpStart). Prior to GP, Kim graduated with a B.A. in business from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Throughout her career she has held various roles in pricing, field sales, channel sales, and sales strategy/enablement/ effectiveness.

    Kim has a passion for employee development and diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She has served as a Council Member for ISSA’s Hygieia Network since 2018 and currently serves as the Co-Chair. Hygieia’s mission is to advance women’s careers in the cleaning industry. In her spare time, she’s probably doing something active or spending time with friends and family. Kim and her two sons reside in Roswell, Georgia.

  • Jeffery Tobias Halter
    Jeffery Tobias Halter
    President, YWomen

    Jeffery Tobias (ta-bias) Halter is a Consultant, Author, and Gender Strategist.

    He is the President of YWomen; a strategic consulting company focused on engaging men in women’s leadership advancement. Jeffery is the former Director of Diversity Strategy for The Coca-Cola Company.

    Jeffery is a two-time TEDx speaker and the author of two books including, WHY WOMEN, The Leadership Imperative to Advancing Women and Engaging Men.
    His clients include IBM, Amazon, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and dozens of other Fortune 500 companies.

  • Jeff Roberts
    Jeff Roberts
    Chief Revenue Officer, BradyPLUS

    Born in Los Angeles, California, Jeff attended Rancho Cotate High School in Sonoma County California, and participated in Boy Scouts of America. Jeff is an Eagle Scout. He was active in speech and debate, as well as the Future Business Leaders of America. He graduated in 1975 as Senior Class President and Class Valedictorian. Post graduation, Jeff attended San Diego State University.

    Prior to the creation of Envoy Solutions and the partnership with North American, Jeff Roberts served as the President & COO of WAXIE since 2012. Prior to 2012, Jeff was in the role of Executive Vice President of WAXIE’s California locations. As President and COO, he oversaw all of WAXIE’s 22 locations. In addition, Jeff managed the Corporate and Strategic Accounts department, Marketing and Communications, Supply Chain and Purchasing.

    During his 45-year career at WAXIE, Jeff has held numerous positions starting in the warehouse and working in all operational and sales roles, ultimately being named President and COO of WAXIE Sanitary Supply.

    Jeff is a former President of the Southern California Sanitary Supply Association and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Police Foundation.

    Fun Fact – Jeff has six grandsons, and they are the light of his life, along with his wife May and three adult children.

  • Danyelle Leatherwood
    Danyelle Leatherwood
    Branch Manager – Atlanta, Imperial Dade

    Danyelle Leatherwood manages the Atlanta division of Imperial Dade, the leading independent distributor of foodservice packaging, facilities maintenance supplies, floor equipment, and industrial packaging in North America. As the Branch Manager, Danyelle has full P&L ownership leading a dynamic team of more than 200 employees including sales, procurement, warehouse, transportation, customer service, and finance.

    Danyelle started her career as a janitor. In 1998, she worked for a building cleaning service contractor that specialized in janitorial cleaning as an Administrative Assistant. From there, she took on a role in buying monthly janitorial supplies and then shortly was promoted into the accounting department. In 2006, Danyelle joined a redistribution company as a purchasing agent focusing on JanSan and Foodservice products. During this time, Danyelle went to night school to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Mercer University. In 2013, Danyelle joined Sikes Paper, a distribution company as office manager which was acquired by Imperial Dade in 2018. In 2022, Danyelle was promoted to Branch Manager.

    In her spare time, Danyelle and her husband Robert actively support their community where, over the past 20 years, they have helped more than 100 families in need. Danyelle and Robert have given these families hope while providing the counseling, mentorship, and resources needed to position them for a brighter future. Additionally, for the past 5 years, Danyelle has played an active leadership role with the women’s group in her church focused on supporting local community outreach programs.

    Danyelle is a passionate servant leader focused on empowering those around her both at work and throughout the communities she serves.

  • Wendie Manion
    Wendie Manion
    Vice President - Strategic Accounts, Supply Source

    Wendie Manion started in the Jan San industry on accident when she was 18 years old! She was living on her own trying to go to junior college, and her sister worked for a company called Bobrick Washroom Equipment and told her they were looking for temps to organize files. Wendie applied and started as a temp in the credit department in 1993 and the rest is history!

    Wendie wanted to be a teacher or a child psychologist, but after 10 long years of attending college part-time she decided to finish and complete her degree in Human Resource Management. She left the Jan San industry for a short 4-year stint, in 1999, to work for a Fortune 500 IT Company leading integration, acquisition, recruiting and HR programs for the West but the Jan San industry called her back in 2005.

    Wendie has worked in many different roles in her career, from doing CAD drawings for Toilet Partitions, to Office Management, to Operations, to managing National Strategic Distribution and has led many teams over the years.

    She has served on the Southern California Sanitary Supply Association and helped to elevate their Community Involvement in charitable organizations like Olive Crest and Food Finders. She served as President in 2010. She has also served on the board of Olive Crest, an organization whose mission is to help children in the child welfare system. She also worked with a team to start a foster/adoption program at her church Rolling Hills Covenant in Palos Verdes, CA. She has served on the Hygieia Council since 2019.

    Wendie currently resides in Franklin TN, after spending 40+ years in Southern California. She enjoys traveling the world and hopes to visit every continent at some point in her life.

  • David Duncan
    David Duncan
    Executive Vice President, Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products Group

    David leads the Consumer Products Group at Georgia-Pacific, which includes GP’s portfolio of tissue, towel, napkin, and livingware products for both consumer and professional markets. Prior to assuming leadership of the Consumer Products Group in 2019, David joined GP as executive vice president of Building Products in 2018.

    David joined Koch Industries in 1997. With more than 25 years of experience at Koch, he has held a variety of roles including managing director for Koch Ventures and Koch Equity Development, chief financial officer for Koch Minerals, and various roles at INVISTA, most recently as president of Performance Solutions.

    Prior to his time at Koch, David worked in the banking industry. David received his M.B.A. from Indiana University and his undergraduate degree in finance from Oklahoma State University.

    David serves on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta and is a past participant in Leadership Atlanta.

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