The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Board of Directors has honored the Society’s outgoing president for an exceptional year of leadership that helped the organization meet the extraordinary challenges of a global pandemic. The Board presented Diana Stegall, CSP, CFPS, ARM, SMS, CPCU, with an engraved glass carving and commemorative book that reflects on her 12-month term that ended June 30.
“Diana has been a resolute leader, demonstrating resilience in the face of adversity and providing trusted guidance to our Board and 40,000 members when we needed it most,” said ASSP President Deborah Roy, M.P.H., RN, COHN-S, CSP, CIT, FASSP, FAAOHN, whose term began July 1. “We are immensely grateful for her exemplary service and many contributions to ASSP.”
The biggest challenge was the transition of ASSP’s annual professional development conference and exposition from an in-person event in Orlando to a virtual experience accessible anywhere. Under Stegall’s leadership, ASSP delivered an online version of its signature event that drew nearly 2,400 professionals – the largest virtual gathering of its kind. At the time, Stegall said: “ASSP adapts to the changing world of work to support the occupational safety and health profession no matter the global circumstances.”
Early in the pandemic, Stegall created a weekly video series called “Working Together for Safety.” The 2-minute segments summarized the latest workplace safety and health news for the professional community and helped her establish a personal connection with ASSP members. She recorded the videos in a makeshift home studio. “The best leaders take personal ownership during a crisis even when it may seem like everything is spinning out of control,” said ASSP CEO Jennifer McNelly. “Diana’s calm and consistent assurance spoke volumes to her ability to navigate forward. Her experience and focus ensured that all of us spent our time on the right things.”
Board members praised Stegall for her leadership style and accomplishments during her final meeting at the end of June. Director-at-Large Joel Haight, Ph.D, P.E., CSP, CIH, thanked her for “upholding the good strong name of the American Society of Safety Professionals during these challenging times” while Director-at-Large Thomas Kramer, P.E., CSP, applauded her commitment to the profession. “Diana is a passionate safety professional who has encouraged me and countless others in our industry to be the best safety professionals we can be,” he said.
Director-at-Large Pamela Walaski, CSP, summarized Stegall’s value to the organization in a moment of reflection: “I remember seeing Diana years ago at a regional operating committee meeting and thinking to myself, ‘Wow, she truly has a dynamic spirit and passion for our Society.’ That was inspirational to me. I have continued to watch her hard work over time and it certainly has motivated me to elevate my game. I know others feel the same way.”