This week on The WAM Podcast's special series with the American Society Of Safety Professionals (ASSP), host, Jennifer McNelly, chats with Diana Stegall, the President of ASSP and Executive Vice President of Rivendell Safety Consulting in Tucson, Arizona. Diana was the first woman to be named ASSP's safety professional of the year. With years of experience, she is here to share her thoughts on the assumptions in the workplace, especially as it pertains to gender roles.
She also talks about the part her own mother has played in her success and belief in herself. She also shares about the various biases women are confronted with in the industry and what can be done to create a more inclusive, diverse work environment including giving women credit when it is due and including men in the conversations about gender equality.
"As human beings, we look for people who are like us. And it's not right or wrong, it's just that we need to acknowledge that it is our default, and we have to get beyond that if we're truly going to have a diverse and inclusive society." —Diana Stegall
Guest, Diana Stegall
Diana Stegall, CSP, CFPS, ARM, SMS, CPCU, became the 105th president of the American Society of Safety Professionals on July 1, 2019, serving a one-year term. She has been an ASSP member since 1990. Stegall is Executive Vice President of Rivendell Safety Consulting. She was the first woman named ASSP's Safety Professional of the Year in 2005 and is a two-time recipient of the Society's Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service Award.
Diana resides in Oro Valley, Arizona and is a professional member of the Southern Arizona Chapter. Her previous ASSP roles include Region V Vice President and Chair of the Professional Development Conference Planning Committee, Council on Member and Region Affairs Education and Training Committee, and the Leadership Conference Planning Committee. She was also a member of the Council on Professional Professional Development, as well as the Government Affairs and Bylaws committees. She was recognized as Safety Professional of the Year by two ASSP chapters and two regions in addition to her Society-wide honor. Prior to working at Rivendell Safety Consulting, Stegall was a Senior Loss Control Specialist at United Heartland and control manager for Chubb. She also worked at PMA Insurance Group, Reliance Insurance, and United States Fidelity and Guarantee Co. (USF&G). She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from Wake Forest University.