WIS #20: Leadership: Making Your Path for Influencing at Every Level

By Tamara Parris
Published: November 24, 2020 | Last updated: November 22, 2023
Key Takeaways

Are you looking at your Leadership at every level? How are you taking the opportunities you are given, and make a path for influencing and create change in your organization?


Are you looking at your Leadership at every level? How are you taking the opportunities you are given, and make a path for influencing and create change in your organization? Our guests Aileen Yankowski, MPH, CIH and Major Crystal C. Brown, CIH, CSP discuss their journey as women in industrial hygiene and how they arrived at where they are today. Aileen is the founding member of AIHA’s recently formed Women in IH Committee (2018) and Major Brown is the latest chair of the committee.


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Recently recognized by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) with the Ruth and Larry Birkner Leadership award, Aileen continues to share her leadership experiences to all levels of IH, Safety and Environmental professionals in various career aspects. She is a co-founder and first Chair of AIHA’s newly established (2018) Women in IH Committee which provides a platform to empower women in leadership.

With over 25 years in the aerospace industry in key leadership positions (The Boeing Company – Executive Director EHS and Gulfstream Aerospace – Sr Manager EHS/Safety Management) she is able to share her experiences with changing company cultures and effectively leading up and down the management ladder. Prior to her experience in aerospace she worked in consulting, government and private industry.


Aileen owns two consulting firms (SMS Solutions – providing guidance on aircraft accident investigation programs and The Brand of U focusing on personal and professional development).



Major Crystal C. Brown is the Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight Commander, 22d Operational Medical Readiness Squadron, 22d Medical Group, 22d Air Refueling Wing, McConnell AFB, Kansas. The Operational Medical Readiness Squadron mission supports the Air Force’s newest Military Weapon System, KC-46 Pegasus, enabling a $5.4 million dollar asset; through expedited medical readiness of all operators and support Airman with the expertise and dedication of flight medicine, optometry, dentistry, bioenvironmental engineering, public health, and health promotion services.

Major Brown is from Duluth, MN and Commissioned into the Air Force in May 2006. Major Brown Graduated from Civil Engineering Officer School August 2006, she then cross trained into the Bioenvironmental Engineering career field, graduating from Tech School May 2009. Since, Major Brown has embraced her calling, voluntarily gaining civilian professional licenses as a Certified Industrial Hygienist in 2014 and as a Certified Safety Professional in 2017. Prior to her current position, Major Brown was the Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight Commander at the 559th Aerospace Medicine Squadron for 59th Medical Wing, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.

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Written by Tamara Parris

Tamara Parris

Tamara Parris is the VP of Community and Business Development at Safeopedia, and owner of EHS Professionals Group on LinkedIn. Her passion is working with other EHS Professionals to collaborate in thought leadership, networking and connecting our industry peers to resources that will increase profitability and safety practices within their workplaces. Tamara has been in the Health and Safety field for over 20 years, her industry experiences include the Construction sector, CCTV and Security, and Commercial Retail industries.

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