ASSE’s Jennifer Zipeto of Winter Garden, FL, Receives Diversity Award
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is pleased to announce that Jennifer Zipeto of Winter Garden, FL, is the recipient of the Society’s Diversity in the Safety, Health and Environmental Profession award. The Diversity award, voted on by peers, is given annually to an individual for outstanding accomplishments, leadership and service in support of diversity enhancement in the safety, health and environmental profession and the Society.
Zipeto has more than 17 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field. She began her career as a consultant and in her current position as Senior Safety and Health Manager for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Zipeto is helping to reduce on the job injuries and illnesses each day. At Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Zipeto works with a team of 40 safety and health professionals who oversee the safety and health of more than 60,000 Walt Disney World cast members who work on more than 47 square miles of property.
In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Zipeto has gone above and beyond in her work with ASSE at the Chapter, Regional and National levels. She is currently a member of ASSE’s Central Florida Chapter and has served as the Chair of the Public Relations Committee, a member of the Membership and Training/Professional Development Committee, a member of the 2009 Chapter PDC Planning Committee, a member of the 2011 Region IV PDC Planning and Speaker Selection Committees. Zipeto has been instrumental in the ASSE common interest group Women in Safety Engineering (WISE), helping to boost the group’s activities on a national level and spearheading efforts to create the ‘100 Women Making a Difference in the Safety, Health and Environmental Profession’ project, honoring women past and present who have been influential in SH&E. Zipeto is also a strong supporter of ASSE’s North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week activities each year, and has also received a 2011 NAOSH Champion award for her work garnering a record setting number of proclamations, supporting the ASSE kids’ ‘safety-on-the-job’ poster contest and more.
ASSE colleague and Disney co-worker Heather Earl, CSP, noted, “Jennifer is a diversity champion within ASSE, in her workplace, and within her community. Jennifer is particularly active in the Women in Safety Engineering common interest group – she is a founding member and is a member of the mentoring committee. Jennifer was recently elected as the Central Florida Chapter Vice President. We are very lucky to have Jennifer as a part of the Central Florida Chapter and we are so impressed with her commitment to the profession. She is a joy to work with and is a fantastic addition to our Chapter leadership team and we are proud of her achievement, she is very deserving of the ASSE Diversity Award.”
Zipeto was presented with the award during the ASSE House of Delegates meeting on Sunday, June 12 during ASSE’s Professional Development Conference (PDC) June 12-15 in Chicago, IL.
Founded in 1911 and celebrating its centennial, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 33,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, healthcare and education. For more information, please go to www.asse.org and to view the new ASSE – A Century of Safety film go to www.asse.org/assecenturyofsafety .