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ASSE’s WISE Group Honor’s Colorado’s Patricia Ennis as One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety

Posted in on Thu, Dec 1, 2011

DES PLAINES, IL (December 1, 2011) – The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety
Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has named Patricia Ennis, CSP, ARM of Wheat
Ridge, CO, one of their ‘100 Women, Making a Difference’ in the field of
occupational safety, health and environment (SH&E). Ennis was given the
honor as part of WISE’s commemoration of ASSE’s (1911-2011) 100th
anniversary. Honorees named to the list were selected by fellow WISE members
located around the globe.

Ennis has 22 years of experience in the SH&E field, 11
of which have been in risk management, primarily in the construction industry.
Last September she returned to the risk management industry, assuming the role
of Senior Risk Control Consulting with the Willis Group.  She had previously worked for Willis as the
Regional Risk Control Manager, when the company was called HRH.

In 2009 Ennis left HRH/Willis to become the Denver
Zoological Foundation’s first safety manager, assuming the role of Director of
Workplace Safety. During her tenure at the zoo, she established a zoo-wide
safety program, a health monitoring program and designed safety into all new

She says she came upon the safety profession by chance, when
she was working as a technical writer for an environmental firm, when she was
approached about working in the field.

“I enjoyed it so much that I started seeking education,” she

Ennis currently serves as vice president of ASSE’s council
of professional development, has served two terms as Region II’s vice
president, and has held leadership positions with the ASSE’s Colorado Chapter.

In addition, she is on the Institutional Biosafety Committee
(IBC) for the University of Colorado Healthy Sciences Center, and is a
volunteer commissioner for the city of Wheat Ridge, CO, parks and recreation commission.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by my peers,” said Ennis of
her inclusion in the WISE ‘100 Women Making a Difference in Safety’ project.
“It’s motivation to pay it forward and help bring more opportunity to others.”

She earned her bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College
(TESC), and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in organizational
leadership from Regis University.

The ‘WISE 100 Women,
Making a Difference in Safety’ project honors women who, throughout history,
have dedicated their careers to promoting innovation in safety, health and
environmental issues. The valuable contributions of women to the SH&E
profession have been recognized through this project and later this year WISE
will consolidate the profiles of all 100 honorees into a single publication,
titled 100 Women, Making a Difference in
the Safety, Health and Environmental Profession
as  part of ASSE’s (1911-2011) 100th

WISE was established to foster the advancement of women in
the SH&E profession.  The group
provides professional development opportunities, evaluates the ongoing state of
women in SH&E, mentors women in the profession, provides opportunities for
women to obtain professional certifications and promotes the development and
peer review of written material related to issues specific to women in the
SH&E  workplace.  For more information about WISE and upcoming
events, please visit

Founded in 1911, the 100-year-old 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, health care and education. For more information please
view ASSE’s ‘Celebrating a Century of Safety’ video at


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