“And we’re trying to reward and create visibility for those companies that are helping women.” These forward-thinking companies are honoured at an awards dinner held in conjunction with the annual ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America trade show. During this year’s event, the ISSA Hygieia Network—named after the Greek goddess of cleaning and hygiene—is holding an educational event focused on teaching women how to strategically network with colleagues. “We’re focused on this industry, but some of the training is about decision-making, networking and best practices, which you can use in any industry,” says council member Nathalie Doobin, owner and chief executive officer of Harvard Services Group, a metrics-based, WBE (women business enterprise) certified janitorial services provider. “Some of these skills we’re teaching women aren’t janitorial specific.” The training and networking are also continuous; it doesn’t stop after the conference is over. Members field all sorts of questions in between ISSA events, from how to interpret something in an RFP to how to handle an employer relationship or deal with a situation involving a family-owned company. “For me, there’s a lot of women who just want to understand how to get from here to there and understand there is a path,” says Holly Borrego, council member and senior director of cleaning services at C&W Services, a leading integrated facility services provider. “Some questions are as simple as how to bid on window cleaning. It’s really different based on the level of the individual. That’s the beauty of the organization; it doesn’t matter what level you are.
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