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WISE Honors IN’s Marlene Russell as One of 100 Women Making a Difference

Posted in on Wed, Sep 7, 2011

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has honored Marlene Russell of Indianapolis, IN, 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.

Russell is currently the North American Safety, Health and Operations Lead for Row Crops and Technology for Monsanto Seed Company.  In this position, she provides direction and support to employees working in occupational medicine roles, SH&E generalists and SH&E support staff who provides support to more than 100 agricultural facilities throughout North America.  Russell joined Monsanto Seed Company in 2001 as an employee to support the implementation of Monsanto’s comprehensive safety program across 15 manufacturing and technology sites located throughout the eastern corn belt.  Seed manufacturing is a dangerous industry and facilities are located in predominately rural areas.  Through Russell’s determination and SH&E knowledge, a comprehensive SH&E program of more than 60 written programs was implemented throughout the company.  Employees were trained effectively and given support for continuing SH&E practices.

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

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 and to view the new ASSE – A Century of Safety film go to



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