NSC Marion Martin Award Honors Influential Women in Safety
The National Safety Council is hosting two Congress & Expo events in 2021. We extended two nomination deadlines to Nov. 9, 2020, so winners can enjoy the celebrations. Please consider nominating candidates for both the Marion Martin Award and Distinguished Service to Safety Award.
The NSC Marion Martin Award celebrates the accomplishments of women in safety who have achieved professional excellence in their area of specialty and helped pave the way for other women in the profession. Recipients have distinguished themselves in a variety of professional settings and personify excellence on the local, regional, national or international level.
Submit candidates for 2021 awards through Nov. 9, 2020.
Throughout her career, Dr. Megan Tranter has consistently encouraged women to continue in the field of safety. While at PepsiCo, she built a world-class leadership team that was 66% women and influenced the hiring of four out of seven female executives to lead environmental health and safety in the sectors. Prior to this, all sector leads were male. Similarly, at Amazon, Megan built a leadership team that is 57% female, and her overall organization has three times the industry average for female representation.
In addition to her leadership and team building, Megan has influenced women to pursue safety through numerous mentoring commitments. She has officially and unofficially acted as a mentor to many up-and-coming safety professionals while helping them achieve both professional and personal goals. Most recently, Megan co-founded the Women in EHS affinity group at Amazon, which aims to create a thriving global EHS organization with strong, successful women helping propel the business forward. She supported the launch of mentoring circles for women and underrepresented minorities in EHS. The mentoring circles facilitate career development and retention for women in EHS.
Marion Martin spent her life defying stereotypes and breaking down barriers for women. Her political career began in 1930, when she was elected to the Maine House of Representatives. She was re-elected to a second term, then won two terms in the State Senate, where she was the only woman and only non-lawyer on the Legal Affairs Committee.
Ms. Martin later became the first female head of a Maine state government agency. She served as the secretary of labor and industry from 1947 to 1962 and found a special delight in championing programs that encouraged women in the workplace. During her tenure and on the strength of her support, legislation involving equal pay for equal work, strong industrial safety, child labor and collective bargaining was passed.
In 1971, Ms. Martin was the first female awardee of the NSC Distinguished Service to Safety Award. NSC is proud to name this award after Ms. Martin. We look forward to continuing a recognition program that celebrates the accomplishments – against many odds – of women in the safety field.