ASSE’s Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors FL’s Jennifer Zipeto as One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety
The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has honored Jennifer Zipeto of Winter Garden, FL, for making a difference in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field as part of the WISE ‘100 Women, Making a Difference in Safety’ project. Women from around the world and throughout history have been honored for their dedication to protecting people, property and the environment and for going above and beyond to make a difference.
With more than 17 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field, Zipeto began her career as a consultant and in her current position as Senior Safety and Health Manager for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, she is helping to reduce on the job injuries and illnesses each day. At Walt Disney World 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.
Zipeto has gone above and beyond in her work with ASSE at the Chapter, Regional and National levels. She is currently vice president 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. As vice-chair, Zipeto has been instrumental in the ASSE common interest group Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) and has helped boost membership and visibility of the group. 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. She has gone above and beyond in her volunteer service to the Society and continues to be an inspirational leader professionally and in her volunteer efforts.
Zipeto said, “Any success that I have had is because I do work that I enjoy and that I feel is a positive benefit to everyone I work with. Being an SH&E professional allows me to take care of people and the environment, both positive contributions to society and the planet at large.”
The ‘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 anniversary.
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 www.asse.org/practicespecialties/wise/mission.php.
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 34,000 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.