Masterclass in Allyship: Shaping a More Inclusive Work Environment

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Sep 25 2024


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm




ISSA Members: FREE
Nonmembers: FREE

The importance of allyship in driving positive change within organizations cannot be overstated. Through a candid conversation, the panel will offer guidance on navigating the complexities of promoting gender diversity, equity, and inclusion within the cleaning and facility solutions industry. Learners will also gain an understanding of the important role men play in advancing allyship and creating a workplace culture that values diversity and empowers all employees.

Industry leaders will share their experiences, perspectives, and strategies to foster a more inclusive environment where all individuals can thrive. Attendees will walk away with actionable takeaways to implement in their workplaces.

The panel will:
  • Explore effective strategies for engaging male colleagues in discussions and initiatives related to gender equality and diversity
  • Identify actionable steps for men to enhance their allyship to women and underrepresented groups, both through individual actions and collaborative efforts
  • Share examples of actively supporting gender diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace, examining the impact of these actions on organizational culture and dynamics

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Hygieia Network


Hygieia Network
(224) 534-5059


  • Heather Parker
    Heather Parker
    Vice President, Client Services CleanOffice / PorterPlus

    Heather Parker is an ex-law enforcement officer who lived in different countries every three years from birth to thirteen years of age as her father was a U.S. diplomat, fully bi-lingual in both the English and Spanish languages. She builds relationships with people, especially those with different nationalities and cultures. She lived through two different civil wars, one in Liberia in 1986 and the other in El Salvador, 1989, where Americans were ultimately evacuated, including her family. This experience fueled her desire to become a law enforcement officer as a way to aid the vulnerable. These exposures in her formative years gave her the groundwork in crisis and personnel management. Being in-charge and disciplined in differing types of situations while diplomatically managing people and the situation at large is her area of expertise. Understanding what truly makes people tick, comprehension of non-verbal signals and learning who they truly are, as people, are where true client and employee relations occur.  

    In her role as Vice President of Client Services with CleanOffice / PorterPlus, she oversees all aspects of the client-experience and focus on client-retention and expanding existing relationships.  She is currently the Co-chair of Hygieia’s education committee, Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington’s community service committee and Building Services Contractors Association International as a conference speaker.  She’s a graduate of George Mason University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and she holds the designation of Registered Building Service Manager through BSCAI.

  • Jason Pierce
    Jason Pierce
    Regional Manager, Sunbelt

    Jason Pierce serves as a Regional Manager at Sunbelt Rentals. Over the past 20 years, Jason has been a student and leadership practitioner whose mission is to serve others and make an impact. He is passionate about helping people succeed and building cultures where all people are valued and appreciated. Jason earned his MBA from the University of North Alabama.

  • Jeff Lancaster
    Jeff Lancaster
    Vice President of Sales, Essendant

    Jeff Lancaster is the Vice President of Sales at Essendant which is the leading wholesaler of business and facility products for the cleaning supply industry. Jeff has been in the industry for over two decades and has held leadership roles at various organizations including: thirteen years at Essendant, six years at SupplyOne as General Manager and with Office Depot prior to that.

  • Mary LaGuire
    Mary LaGuire
    Corporate Sales Trainer/Manager, Imperial Dade – Central Region
  • Jessica Williams
    Jessica Williams
    Health Safety Environmental Fleet Manager, CBRE

    Jessica Williams serves as the Health Safety Environmental Fleet Manager at CBRE. She is a seasoned facilities manager and facilities services professional. She has over 24 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, OEM, Industrial & logistics, manufacturing, R&D and Class A facilities areas.

    Her background consists of janitorial SOW development, service transitions, CMMS database administration, FM Operations management and EHS oversight.

    Williams obtained a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Kentucky University.

    She is originally from Nashville, Tennessee and currently resides in Middle, Tennessee.

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