ASSE’s Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors SC’s Sherry Dixon 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 Sherry Dixon, CSP, of Charleston, SC, 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.
Dixon has more than 30 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession and is currently the EHS Lead for Boeing’s Interiors Responsibility Center in North Charleston, SC. Her leadership and commitment to workplace safety and health have helped businesses, including Boeing, reduce risks and prevent employee injuries and illnesses on-the-job. Early in her career, Dixon knew she wanted to pursue work in the safety field and set long-term goals for her education and professional development. Dixon has a B.S. in Occupational Education from Southern Illinois University, an M.A. in Human Resources Development from Webster University, and is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP).
Dixon is a member of ASSE’s Low Country Chapter in Charleston, SC, and is an active member of the Society. In additional to her many professional accomplishments, Dixon is an author and is currently publishing a book called Natural Destiny, about her mother, who was held captive in a World War II camp in Guam at the age of 8 years old. She is also working on a safety book titled The Silver Bullet and Other Safety Myths, geared toward helping safety professionals and managers develop best practices and effective and sustainable safety systems.
Dixon noted, “I am honored and humbled to be honored by WISE. I appreciate the invaluable work that WISE has done to honor women in this challenging and rewarding profession.”
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.