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


Aug 23 2023


9:00 am - 6:15 pm


Portland, OR
8235 NE Airport Way Portland, OR 97220

Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel


ISSA Members: $89 USD
Nonmember: $119 USD 

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    Registration Closed

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

The conference and networking reception will take place at the:

Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
8235 NE Airport Way Portland, OR 97220
  • The conference will be held in the Mt. St. Helens (A&B).
  • The networking reception with take place in the foyer outside of the Mt. St. Helens room.


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 





9:00 – 10:00 AM Check-in & Continental Breakfast  
10:00 – 10:15 AM Welcome

Dr. Felicia L. Townsend
Program Director

ISSA Hygieia Network

Linda Silverman
Executive Chair of the Board of Directors


Lydia Work

American Paper Converting

Networking Reception Sponsor:
Stephenie Henderson
Vice President, Sales-Stretch Film 
Berry Global 

10:15 – 11:30 AM 

Workshop: Engaging ALL Allies:
Moving from Awareness to Advocacy

Jeffery Tobias Halter


11:30 – 11:50 AM

Go Get That Sponsor!

Laurie Sewell
President & CEO Servicon

11:50 AM – 12:10 PM

Unlocking Success Together:
Moving with Meaning & Operating with Purpose

Gary Phillips
Director of Merchandising Staples

12:10 – 12:30 PM

A Perfect Mentoring Match:
Why It Works For Us

Deb Mazzuca
LEED Green Associate, Key Account Manager
– Service Providers & Tork Solutions

Essity Professional Hygiene North America

Linda Silverman
Executive Chair of the Board of Directors


12:30 – 1:30 PM

Break and Networking Lunch


1:30 – 2:15 PM

Panel Discussion

Deb Mazzuca, Gary Phillips, Laurie Sewell, Linda Silverman

2:15 – 3:00 PM

Group Mentoring Sessions led by
Hygieia Network Council

Hygieia Council Members

3:00 – 3:15 PM



3:15 – 4:30 PM

Care Package Group Activity to benefit
Raphael House of Portland


4:30 – 4:45 PM


Dr. Felicia L. Townsend, Linda Silverman, 
Lydia Work, Stephenie Henderson

4:45 – 6:15 PM

Networking Reception


This conference is sponsored by:
The Networking Reception is co-sponsored by:

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]


  • Linda Silverman
    Linda Silverman
    President, Maintex, Inc

    Linda Silverman began her career as a sales consultant at Maintex in 1978. She subsequently served in other management positions until 2010 when she assumed the role of president. Linda, her brother Stu Silverman and nephew Danny Silverman own the company which is a chemical manufacturer/ JanSan distributor located in Southern California. Linda currently serves as Executive Chairwoman of Maintex.

    Linda has been very involved in the cleaning industry serving on numerous local and international boards in a variety of capacities.  She began her active participation at ISSA as a District Director prior to becoming the second women to serve as ISSA President and International Director in 2000.

    Linda was a two-term board member and secretary of the ISSA Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with ISSA which has become ISSA Charities. Today, Linda is an ISSA Charities Board member. 

    In 2016, Linda became a founding Hygieia Network Council member. In 2020-2022 she served as co-chair.

    In addition to industry association activities, Linda is a board member of several community organizations.

    She received her B.S. in Psychology from UCLA in 1975. 

  • 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.

  • Laurie Sewell
    Laurie Sewell
    President & CEO, Servicon

    President and CEO Laurie Sewell is leading Servicon into its 50th year of achieving its purpose: to elevate the industry and provide healthy environments for people to thrive. 

    After earning her master’s in organizational behavior, Laurie worked at Servicon in various capacities before being named president in 2009; in 2014, CEO was added to her title. She has helped Servicon expand from a regional into a national organization, providing custodial supplies, equipment, and services to the aerospace, healthcare, life sciences, and commercial industries. 

    As head of a women-owned and operated company in a traditionally male-dominated industry, Laurie has been a tireless proponent of the advancement of women in the cleaning profession. Throughout her career, she has maintained her mantra of always leading with authenticity, heart, and kindness, which she makes clear, should never be mistaken for weakness. Last year, her leadership style was recognized by the Lost Angeles Business Journal as a Woman of the Year nominee. Laurie has served on numerous boards, including ISSA, and is currently an active board member of the American Red Heart Association’s Go Red for Women and the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation. Laurie is also an active member of the ISSA Hygieia Network since its 2015 inception.

  • Deb Mazzuca
    Deb Mazzuca
    LEED Green Associate, Key Account Manager - Service Providers & Tork Solutions, Essity Professional Hygiene North America

    Deb Mazzuca has worked in the JanSan Industry for 17 years and has 35 years of sales experience with consumer products while raising two daughters.  She started as a merchandiser for Energizer Battery Company and worked her way up to manage the Southern California Region but found her joy in national account management where she has stayed for most of her career.  Deb is a born negotiator and loves the interaction with people of all levels. 

    Deb was born and raised in Southern California and stayed there for college where she graduated from California State University Long Beach.  She has lived within an 80 mile radius her entire life which contributed to her love for national account management as it has allowed her to see and experience the country.

    Always looking for personal and professional self-improvement, Deb pursued her dream of completing her first triathlon in 2017. Professionally she is an advocate of the ISSA Hygieia Network Mentoring Program. Her charitable work is mostly involved with ALS for Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Her motto is, it’s not what you’ve got but what you give.

  • Gary Phillips
    Gary Phillips
    Director of Merchandising, Staples

    Gary Phillips Jr. is a highly accomplished business executive with over 20 years of experience in strategy, operations, and business development. He currently serves as the Director of Merchandising (DMM) at a leading technology company, where he is responsible for driving growth, expanding market share, and enhancing operational efficiency.

    Prior to his current role, Gary held several executive positions at Fortune 500 companies, where he developed expertise in managing large-scale operations, leading cross-functional teams, and driving innovation. He has also worked in management consulting, advising clients across various industries on strategy, operations, and mergers and acquisitions.

    Gary is widely recognized for his strategic vision, analytical prowess, and ability to execute complex initiatives. He has a proven track record of transforming businesses through data-driven decision-making, innovative solutions, and effective leadership.

    In addition to his professional accomplishments, Gary is also committed to giving back to his community. He has been actively involved in various charitable organizations, serving on boards and volunteering his time and expertise to support causes such as education, poverty alleviation, and economic development.

    He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has been recognized for his leadership and contributions to the business community.

  • Lydia Work
    Lydia Work
    President, American Paper Converting

The event is finished.


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