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NAEM AIHA Webinar - Career Stages and Profiles for Success

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Career Stages and Profiles for Success

Career Stages and Profiles for Success

Thursday January 28, 2016
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
This webinar will be available to download on Feb. 1, 2016

Are you interested in learning more about how you can advance your IH or EHS career?

AIHA and the National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM) will present an overview of their recent work on career trajectories and the skills and competencies required for industrial hygienists and EHS managers at different stages of their career. The webinar will provide valuable and actionable information to help participants manage their careers proactively.

The insights of the research address questions you might have, such as:

  • What skills should I develop as I as I become a more experienced IH/EHS professional?
  • How important is certification in advancing my career?
  • Is mastering technical knowledge enough to get promoted?

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the information available from AIHA and NAEM to help manage their career
  • Outline the stages of the IH/EHS career paths
  • Know where to find supporting data
  • Discuss non-technical skills such as leadership and management and their importance in IH/EHS career paths


  • Mary Ellen Brennan, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Chief Human Resource Officer; (American Industrial Hygiene Association) AIHA
  • Taylor Gelsinger, Research Analyst; NAEM
  • Elizabeth Ryan, Director of Communications; NAEM

Speaker Bios

Mary Ellen Brennan, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Mary Ellen Brennan

Mary Ellen Brennan is Chief Human Resource Officer of AIHA. Prior to joining AIHA, she held various positions in human resources and administration in law firms, focusing on recruiting, retention, employee relations, operations and strategic management. Mary Ellen holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Catholic University of America and a Masters in Business Administration from University of Maryland University College. She holds the highest level of human resources certification.

Taylor Gelsinger

Taylor Gelsinger

Taylor Gelsinger has been with NAEM since 2013. She executes NAEM's research program, specializing in a range of EHS and sustainability topics, including: compliance, environmental information management systems, corporate responsibility reporting, materiality, metrics and professional development. Taylor graduated with a Master of Environmental Management degree in environmental economics and policy from Duke University and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Oklahoma State University.

Elizabeth Ryan

Elizabeth Ryan

Elizabeth Ryan is Director of Communications at NAEM and also serves as editor of NAEM's research and publications. In that role, Elizabeth directs the association's research program, produces multimedia content for the Association's website, manages its GreenTie blog and moderates activity in its social media networks. Prior to joining NAEM, she leveraged market research for strategic insights as a brand planner for advertising and reported long-form investigative features as a journalist. She holds a MSJ from Northwestern University.

Green Tie Blog Post

Not all environmental health and safety (EHS) professionals are industrial hygienists but some of the most successful industrial hygienists (IH) share a core skill set with EHS professionals, according to NAEM’s “Career Profiles” research, which included survey responses from the members of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). The results identified the skills IH and EHS professionals demonstrate at each career stage and articulated the success factors that distinguish those on a leadership trajectory. To understand what this looks like from an IH perspective, NAEM spoke to AIHA Executive Director Peter O’Neil about what this means for his members and for those entering the profession today -

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