AIHA Ignites YouTube

By Michelle Coutu
Were you too late to get a seat at this year’s Ignite session? Maybe you were double (or triple!) booked for meetings and were unable to attend. Don’t worry! AIHA has you covered, all 16 of this year’s Ignite presentations are now ayt logovailable on YouTube (in fact you can watch ALL the past AIHA Ignite sessions on YouTube). You can find the videos by visiting this link or by searching google for “AIHA Ignite 2015”).
The Ignite presentation style was formalized by a couple of technology innovators, and the first ignite session took place in Seattle in 2006. The format is simple, one speaker is given 5 minutes to present on any topic they are most passionate about. The catch is presenters are limited to 20 slides that auto advance every 15 seconds (no clicker needed for this presentation!). This style forces presenter to bring thoughtful, high energy ideas to their presentations that immediately engage and entertain their audiences. While primarily developed to get audiences excited about new ideas, the style has also been adapted for education purposes. Many groups now use this format for their safety moments before meetings or as an introduction to a boarder topic. To learn more about the Ignite presentation style check out:

ignite logoSince 2012 AIHA has been hosting an Ignite session at the annual AIHce. The first year eight brave participants stepped up to explore this new medium and show their passion for IH. This year 16 speakers put together presentations and shared their triumphs, failures, learnings, and hopes about their professional lives. Each presentation brings a unique and personal touch to the profession while building a strong sense of community. This has been a standing room only event since it began and YouTube is an excellent platform for ensuring all that want to ignite their passion for IH can catch that spark.


Spotlight on a Sessions

By Justin Klavan
We here on the Communications Team thought it import to spotlight certain sessions during the AIHce that we are particularly proud of and we thought deserved some attention. This issue, we wanted to make sure to focus on the Mentoring Committee’s session (arranged by Melissa Rupert) The Mentoring Circle: A 360 Degree View of Mentoring Programs and Relationships. The session was well attended and showcased the key aspects of mentoring and being a mentee. Particularly insightful for myself was the presentation of a mentee, who detailed how the relationship affected her and her career. As a mentor myself, it definitely gave me pause to remember how my actions can influence my mentees and how helpful just a simple phone call can be.

“It was very successful, presentations on how to be a better mentor, how to be a better mentee, how to mentor multiple mentees, a pair presented perspectives on their relationship together.”
~Melissa Rupert


In the coming issues, we will be spotlighting some other SECP sessions from AIHce 2015!

SECP and MDPC in Salt Lake City

By Kerry Schmid

Another AIHce has come and gone! Thousands of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Health professionals from around the world flocked to Salt Lake City, UT to engage in roundtables, podium sessions, workshops and networking events. The Students and Early Career Professional Committee (SECP) and the Mentoring and Professional Development Committee (MPDC) participated this year by organizing series roundtables on topics surrounding CIH preparation, mentoring, career advice and professional opportunities. The lunch table talks encouraged breakout dialog between students and SECP members on variety of topical issues. The ABIH partnered with the MPDC to Sponsor the Mentoring Networking Event which has become a highly attended must attend event for all students and professionals interested in participating in the program.
Every conference offers the opportunity for committees and colleagues to meet face to face, discuss the current and potential projects for the coming year. Checking in with the Andrew Brugie, the SECP Outreach group leader, he had this update to share about the exciting work his team is doing:
“Most recently, I conducted a ten-week project in Industrial Hygiene for a program called Citizen Schools which targets Middle Schools in underserved communities and pairs them with professionals from various disciplines to actively engage these student in mini apprenticeships after school that teach them a skill set that can then be demonstrated in front of an audience mixed with peers, parents, and professionals called a “WOW!” Session. The chosen professionals work closely with a series of staff members and teachers from the Citizen Schools program that conduct weekly briefing sessions on teaching tips and techniques following each class apprenticeship session (Apprenticeship + Briefing ~2 hours total).”

The SECP Communications Team will also continue with the quarterly publication covering updates and topics relevant to SECP and MPDC Community. This year look for a new theme each issue, as well as our reoccurring favorites such as the Mentoring Corner. Can’t wait for the next newsletter? Stay connected with us and the SECP and MDPC communities on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn! @AIHA_Mentor @AIHA_SECP

Welcome to the New SECP Leadership!
Christine Hoehn – Past Chair

Ryan Moon – Chair

Melissa Rupert – Vice Chair

William Cyrs – Secretary

Mentoring Corner: Discussion Topics – The Mission Statment

The mentor should help the mentee create a personal mission statement.  A great resource that will help you get started is the book entitled, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” by Stephen R. Covey, available in most libraries, on, or as a PDF online (click the image below!).

seven_habits_alt In the section on Habit 2, Begin with the End in Mind, he talks about writing your very own personal mission statement.  Think of a personal mission statement as a Personal Constitution.  A personal mission statement based on correct principles becomes the same kind of standard for an individual.  It focuses on what you want to be (character) and what you want to achieve in life, and the values and principles upon which you will use.  To give an example of a personal mission statement for a fictitious industrial hygienist, we are providing one here and as an attachment that can be used as a template.

Mission Statement – Bernardino Ramazzini


My mission in life is to live with integrity and to positively make a difference in the lives of others.  I will use my education, experience and skills in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene to ensure that individuals within my circle of influence benefit from the practices I have developed to safeguard their safety, health and well-being.


Core Values that allow me to fulfill this mission:  Integrity, Teamwork, Customer Focus, Productivity, Enthusiasm, Excellence, Learning Development and Perseverance.


In lieu of writing a personal mission statement, the mentoring pair can analyze the mission statement for the mentee’s current employer.  If that organization does not have a mission statement, they can use the mission statement used by the mentor’s company, or just find one online for any large corporation such as The Dow Chemical Company, or The Boeing Company.  How can the mentee contribute to the mission?  How can the mentee stay focused on the mission?  What are some tips and tricks the mentor has used in their professional career to ensure that they are aligned with the organizational mission?