Empowering Women in Production

Current Class: September 13, 2021 - February 1, 2022

The Empowering Women in Production program is a 20 week course designed to support the professional development of production floor employees. Employees in production settings often have tremendous insight into the culture, products, and processes that manufacturing companies need to understand to innovate. By developing these women into leaders, we can improve the industry overall and inspire other women to explore careers in manufacturing.

This program is designed to support the professional development of employees in production or shop-floor role at manufacturing companies, to make their next promotion more likely, more quickly. The goal of the program is to impart core professional skills for success in manufacturing environments.

During the course of the learning, participants will not only learn from subject matter experts, but also from coaches and their peers within the cohort. 

Designed for: production, direct production support and shop-floor roles in manufacturing. 

Our current class will graduate on February 1, 2022!

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TOPIC OF FOCUS:
Problem Solving Time Management
Coping Skills Team Mentality
Communication Skills  Leadership Fundamentals
Networking and Building Relationships Individual Responsibility
Negotiation Skills Customer Service
Emotional Intelligence and Connectiveness  Safety Orientation
The Power and Place of Women in Manufacturing

This program has a group virtual kick-off session on September 13th, 2021 which will be recorded for those that are unable to attend ‘live.’ Participants will then be asked to complete a 30-minute online pre-assessment, which will be reviewed with their coach. This assessment, developed by PRADCO, is designed to give the participant and their coach some insight about which key competencies are strengths, and which they may want to pay particular attention to during the program. The participant can also share their assessment results with their supervisor and peer accountability partner to build a community that's engaged in their success.

Participants will then have a 90-minute virtual “live” meeting with a coach, to help them identify their personal vision – what they want to achieve professionally and what their main areas of opportunity are. The pre-assessment will be a key piece in building each individual participant’s plan.

Following the initial coaching touchpoint, the program cadence will be in 2-week cycles:

  • Week 1, a 1-hour recorded training session will be available for participants to watch at a time that works best for them. There will also be additional resources available, which may include  a discussion guide, a handout, etc.
  • Week 2, each accountability pair is expected to meet over the phone or online for 1-hour, at a time that works best for them. There will be materials available on the platform to help guide these discussions.

After the last cycle, the program concludes with another virtual, individual check-in with a coach, to review their personal vision, weave in the key skills they’ve learned and how they will apply them, and a review of their progress against their plan from the initial coaching session to ensure that they have documented appropriate next steps and are in alignment with their direct supervisor.

There will also be a short, optional virtual graduation celebration upon completion of the program.

The entire program will last approximately 20 weeks. 

Detailed Topic Descriptions:

  • Problem-solving: ability to form a problem statement, analyze root cause, take initiative and following logic
  • Coping skills – ability to embrace change, accept constructive feedback, use mistakes as learning opportunities
  • Communication skills – effectively convey information to others through written and verbal means, ability to read and interpret technical documents, write effectively
  • Networking and building relationships– how to build and maintain positive working relationships, including mentors and those beyond your direct team
  • Negotiation skills – working towards collaborative, productive solutions that meet the needs of the impacted parties
  • Emotional intelligence and connectiveness – the foundational aspects of knowing yourself, your impact on others, and how to self-manage to build and maintain open lines of communication
  • Time management – ability to complete tasks on time, feel appropriate time-pressure and understand implications for the company
  • Team mentality – work with others to form solutions, communicate effectively, focus on solving problems, flexibility and adaptability to support others, learn to indirectly lead
  • Leadership fundamentals – lead with vision, influence / impact, inspire others, model accountability, operate with purpose, understand basics of situational leadership, ability to encourage and engage others, take on additional responsibilities willingly
  • Individual responsibility – be proactive, self-manage and hold accountable, display confidence and be assertive, focus on continuous improvement
  • Customer service – display pride and ‘own’ role in customer interactions
  • Safety orientation – take responsibility of own safety and that of others, be proactive, identify issues and work to address them
  • The power and place of women in manufacturing – specific, personal stories from a variety of women leaders in manufacturing or post-manufacturing to provide insights into key skills, methods to overcome obstacles and encouragement and support for the next generation of women leaders in manufacturing

Emotional Intelligence
Presented by: Christina Han, Independent Consultant

Key takeaways from session:

  • Emotional intelligence and connectiveness – the foundational aspects of knowing yourself, your impact on others, and how to self-manage to build and maintain open lines of communication

Customer Service & Safety Orientation
Presented by: Rachel Kennedy, Assistant Buyer / Office Manager, Exact Tool & Die 

Key takeaways from session:

  • Customer service – display pride and ‘own’ role in customer interactions
  • Safety orientation – take responsibility of own safety and that of others, be proactive, identify issues and work to address them

Individual Responsibility and Time Management
Presented by: Leslie Fiorenzo, Coach, Coach with Leslie, LLC 

Key takeaways from session:

  •  Individual responsibility – be proactive, self-manage and hold accountable, display confidence and be assertive, focus on continuous improvement
  • Time management – ability to complete tasks on time, feel appropriate time-pressure and understand implications for the company

Team Mentality & Coping Skills
Presented by: Maria Costilla, Production Supervisor, Leprino Foods  

Key takeaways from session:

  • Team mentality – work with others to form solutions, communicate effectively, focus on solving problems, flexibility and adaptability to support others, learn to indirectly lead
  • Coping skills – ability to embrace change, accept constructive feedback, use mistakes as learning opportunities

Problem Solving & Negotiation
Presented by: Laura Sarazin, Senior Sales Engineer, Conexiom 

 Key takeaways from session:

  • Problem-solving: ability to form a problem statement, analyze root cause, take initiative and following logic
  • Negotiation skills – working towards collaborative, productive solutions that meet the needs of the impacted parties

Leadership Fundamentals
Presented by: Cheryl Czach, Coach, Cheryl Czach Coaching and Consulting, LLC
Key takeways from session:

  • Leadership fundamentals – lead with vision, influence / impact, inspire others, model accountability, operate with purpose, understand basics of situational leadership, ability to encourage and engage others, take on additional responsibilities willingly

Networking and Building Relationships
Presented by: Allison Giddens, President, Win-Tech, Inc.

Key takeways from session:

  • Networking and building relationships– how to build and maintain positive working relationships, including mentors and those beyond your direct team

The Power and Place of Women in Manufacturing

Presented by: This short series of videos is presented by a number of amazing women leaders, including Karmen Tai – plant manager at Mars Wrigley, Micki Vandeloo – owner of Lakeview Consulting, Ashleigh Walters – president of Onex, Jesika Young - president / CEO and co-owner of Cimtech Inc., Axis, and Action, Tiffany Bryson - Direct Regional Sales Manager of GROB Systems, Inc., Sara Greenstein - President and CEO of Lydall, Inc., Diane Popovich - President of Solon Manufacturing Company and Allison Grealis – founder of WiM

Key takeaways from session:

specific, personal stories from a variety of women leaders in manufacturing or post-manufacturing to provide insights into key skills, methods to overcome obstacles and encouragement and support for the next generation of women leaders in manufacturing

Allison Giddens 

Co-President,
Win-Tech

Allison Giddens worked for small business manufacturer Win-Tech, an aerospace precision machine shop, for 14 years, before buying the company in 2020 with her business partner. She holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and criminal justice from the University of Georgia, a Masters in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University, a Masters in Manufacturing from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Certificate of Finance from the University of Georgia. She also holds certificates in Google Analytics and a Certificate of Cybersecurity Risk Management from Harvard online. Allison founded the Georgia Chapter of Women in Manufacturing and currently serves as the chapter’s Treasurer.

Ann Canfield  

Owner,
Finding Strength Today Life Coaching

Ann Canfield has been coaching staff in several business settings for over 20 years helping grow employees and teams to be the best they can be at work.  Ann has a Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy and is a certified Life Coach. Ann understands change is an evolution not a revolution and is passionate about assisting staff from the shop floor to the top floor to grow their skillset and maximize their potential in manufacturing. Ann has been working with staff in several industries including marketing, sales, customer service, accounting and manufacturing. She has developed successful apprentice programs with the State of CT apprenticeship program and taught at Northwestern Community College. Ann is an active member of Toastmasters, Women in Manufacturing and works with Parent to Parent USA. Ann enjoys nature photography, hiking and exploring the Northeast when weather permits.  Her mission statement is to be better today than yesterday but not as good as tomorrow.

Ashleigh Walters 

President,
Onex

Ashleigh Walters is the President of Onex, an employee-owned business operating for over 54 years in Erie, PA. Onex designs, services, and manufactures high-temperature industrial furnaces. When Ashleigh assumed the General Manager role in 2013, the company had lost sight of its mission and family-centric core values. Today, Onex’s mission is to Make Things Better: Empowered Employees, Happy Clients, Thriving Communities. Ashleigh holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University. She is Chairman of the Board of Directions for Northwest Industrial Resource Center (a Manufacturing Extension Partnership) as well as Vice President/Director of Aspire Casualty, a reinsurance company. Ashleigh is the author of Leading with Grit and Grace: A Journey of Organizational Culture Change.  Ashleigh regularly shares her story with other leaders, encouraging them to “make things better” by improving processes and creating a people-centric organizational culture.

Cheryl Czach

Founder,
Cheryl Czach Coaching and Consulting, LLC

Cheryl is the founder of Cheryl Czach Coaching and Consulting, LLC and a Forbes Coaches Council member. As a business leader, Cheryl has been guiding professionals through their work and life journeys for over 20 years. Her passion for coaching employees, at all levels of the organization, to reach their personal and professional goals led her to start her coaching and consulting practice, as well as pursue coaching credentials through the International Coaching Federation.

Christina Han  

Executive Director,
Estée Lauder 

Christina Han is currently an Executive Director at Estée Lauder, leading teams on projects to drive transformation and change. Her mission throughout her career: To create world-class organizations. Having worked as a consultant, as well as in-house, her work has helped clients win great workplace awards, elevating their ability to attract and retain top talent. Her areas of expertise include leadership development, employee experience, and change management. She is energized by helping organizations be and do better so they can continue thriving in a rapidly changing world.

Deborah White

Senior Quality and Improvement Manager, Kaman Distribution

Deborah White is the Senior Quality and Improvement Manager at Kaman Distribution. She is an experienced Quality Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the mechanical or industrial engineering industry. She is skilled in Process Engineering, Engineering, Value Stream Mapping, Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), and Business Process Improvement. Deborah is a strong operations professional with a Bachelor of Science (BS) focused in Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians from Purdue University.

Diane Popovich

President,
Solon Manufacturing Co. 

Diane Popovich has over 20 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, currently serving as President of Solon Manufacturing Co. in Chardon, Ohio— a premier designer and manufacturer of Belleville spring washers and industrial pressure switches. Diane holds the first female executive position in the company’s 72-year history. Prior to joining Solon in 2015, Diane retained roles in Operations and Sales at the executive level. Diane holds a Weatherhead Coaching Certificate from the Weatherhead School of Management Case Western Reserve University. Her experience and knowledge lead a team that delivers strategic development and profitability to the organization. Diane’s strength-based positive approach to coaching and mentoring helps achieve powerful learning experiences that integrate best practice techniques with an innovative strategic vision— supporting a culture with a rich capacity for growth.    

Deborah White

Founder of The Givens Consulting Group, LLC., Career Coach and Organizational Consultant

Stacey Givens is a project management expert, an organizational consultant, and a career coach passionate about elevating women of color as leaders in corporate spaces. After a 20-year career in project management, Stacey founded The Givens Consulting Group, LLC. to blend her passion for diversity and inclusion (D&I) with her profession in project management. She coaches BIPOC women leaders destined for success and delivers professional development workshops for teams to lead with authenticity and build their social capital. Her D&I journey led her to join Diversity Crew as a Partner and has spawned speaking engagements on diversity, networking, and leadership to HR professionals, executives, and BIPOC women throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. She hosts Real Talk Thursday on Facebook Live where she offers expertise and lessons learned throughout her extensive project management career for new and experienced project leaders. Stacey is an avid reader, podcast fanatic, and blogger known for her conversation-starting eyewear, Stacey is the voice behind the Queen of Shades blog, where she writes about diversity matters, consumerism in the 21st Century, and her favorite topic: fashionable eyewear.  A lifelong learner, Stacey earned her MBA, an Organizational Consulting Certificate, and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from the University of Texas at Dallas, a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Portland State University, a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Certificate from Diversity Crew Institute, and a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certificate from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Jesika Young 

President / CEO & Co - Owner, Climtech Inc., Axis, and Action

Jesika is the President / CEO and co-owner of three manufacturing companies: Cimtech Inc., Axis, and Action. Most importantly, Jesika is a team member first. Jesika strongly believes in putting the team above all else. She was named Woman to Watch by Business First, as she made a “move to watch” in acquiring a 43-year-old manufacturing company in the heart of Southern Indiana, Cimtech, Inc. One year into her CEO role Jesika, along with her teammates, acquired two more manufacturing firms: Axis Machine and Tool and Action Material Handling. The company doubled their square footage by adding an additional location in Louisville. Cimtech was just named Top 10 Precision Manufacturer of 2020. In her three short years of manufacturing, Jesika has been named among "most influential woman in manufacturing 2020" by Influential Women in Manufacturing. Prior to joining the world of manufacturing, Jesika spent years as a Commercial Banker. Jesika held several positions within the banking industry, being named Best in Finance in 2017 by Women Business First. Jesika holds honors of Distinguished Alumni from Hanover College and Presentation Academy as well as 40 under 40 through Louisville Business First and 20 under 40 through the News and Tribune. Jesika served as president of the National Association of Women Business Owners, the 5th largest organization of its kind from 2017-2018. Currently Jesika serves on many boards but the most notable: The United States Global Leadership Coalition, One Southern Indiana Chamber, and as the first female president of the Metro Manufacturing Alliance.

Karmen Tai

Plant Manager,
Mars

Karmen Tai is a plant manager at Mars, in Chicago. She has earned at B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Southern Illinois University. Her manufacturing career began at Kraft, and she moved up through project engineering, operations, maintenance and leadership roles there, and at General Mills before coming to Mars in 2015. She’s passionate about women in manufacturing, and works hard to encourage and support those that are interested in this amazing industry.

 

Laura Sarazin

Senior Sales Engineer,
Conexiom

Laura Sarazin is a Senior Sales Engineer at Conexiom, a world leader in document automation that serves manufacturers and distributors. Laura’s career has been shaped by cross-country moves, changes in industry and an important shift in career direction. Currently, Laura spends her days collaborating with executives in the manufacturing and distribution industries helping them use automation to create more efficient supply chains and exceed business results. Laura is passionate about telling stories that celebrate the authentic self and how to create a roadmap for career success. She is recognized as a thought leader in her industry and works throughout her community to empower women to succeed by sharing her professional and personal experiences.

Leslie Fiorenzo 

Founder,
CoachwithLeslie.com

Leslie Fiorenzo is the founder of CoachwithLeslie.com, a coaching and training company focused on helping teams work together more effectively and productively.  Using proven tools, she facilitates and energizes teams with key skills to thrive now – even in these unprecedented times.  With a keen interest in organizational effectiveness, she helps organizations eliminate toxicity by creating a drama free workplace.  Understanding the importance of leadership – particularly now – she helps managers and senior leaders become more confident, productive, and fulfilled.

Maria Costilla  

Production Supervisor,
Leprino Foods

Born in Zacatecas , Mexico. Oldest of 7, I have five brothers and 1 sister. My family were hard migrant workers who have great work ethics. I have work since I was 6 years of age. I have worked in the vegetable fields from sunup to sundown, food industries, and manufacturing. I grew up very humble and have learned to overcome obstacles in life. My husband and I have 3 daughters who we've been teaching that all goals in life can be achieved with faith and an open mindset. I have taken all opportunities whether if it's training or different job tasks to continue to take me to the next level in my career. My saying is YOU GOT TO BE HUNGRY! to reach your goals. It doesn't matter where you come from or who you are, I look at myself in the mirror and I tell myself I'm number #1 every day to keep me driving forward. I was told I wasn't going to be no one in life and those words almost broke me but, look at me now, "growing stronger not only physically but mentally" I will continue to be a strong female mentor and push myself to higher limits.

Martha Clarke 

Consultant,
Freamont Consulting Group

Martha specializes in manufacturing performance optimization, leveraging her 30 plus years of global manufacturing experience to help create sustainable improvements that deliver bottom-line results. She is dedicated to helping manufacturing leadership develop skills necessary to position themselves and their organizations for long-term success.

Mary S. Held

Business Consultant, Certified Coach, Facilitator, and Speaker 

Mary S. Held is a nationally recognized and highly experienced business consultant, certified coach, facilitator and speaker with corporate senior leadership experience and expertise in leadership and team effectiveness.  Mary is also president of Mary Held & Associates, a consulting firm that provides leaders, teams and individuals with coaching and training to help them achieve sustainable high performance. Mary is a strong supporter of the advancement and success of women professionals.  She has provided ongoing education to women's groups and has served as speaker and facilitator for such organizations as Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD), the Women Presidents Organization (WPO) and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).

 

Micki Vandeloo

President,
Lakeview Consulting Inc. 

Micki is the President of Lakeview Consulting, Inc., a team of five experienced grant professionals who have collectively obtained over $240 million in grant funding for nonprofit and for-profit clients.  The Lakeview team provides research, writing and consulting services to help those in the manufacturing and technology communities grow and succeed.  Micki has over 15 years’ experience performing grant/incentive consulting services for clients in the manufacturing and technology communities, including trade associations, college and university technical/vocational programs, Manufacturing Extension Partnership Centers, and for manufacturing and technology companies.  Her engineering and business degrees, as well as over 25 years’ experience in manufacturing, provide a sound technical foundation for her grant writing services.  She has personally obtained over $60 million in grant funding for her clients. Micki published the book, “THE For-Profit Grant Writing Guide”, in 2014 and is one of less than 350 Grant Professional Certified writers in the United States.  She has been a mentor and coach, and volunteers at local nonprofits. 

Rachel Kennedy

Purchasing Manager,
Exact Tool and Die, Inc.  

Rachel Kennedy is a Purchasing Manager at Exact Tool and Die, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Cleveland State University.  After spending most weekends and summers working for the family business, Rachel joined her father at Exact Tool and Die, Inc. full-time. Rachel spends her days working the front desk and purchasing materials used in the Tool and Die and Press Rooms at her family’s company. Over the past 10 years, Rachel has worked closely with her father, and other professionals to learn the ins and outs of the business and manufacturing while building relationships with Exact Tool and Die’s customer and supplier base. She is very passionate about the next generation of manufacturing, has volunteered for the Alliance of Working Together (AWT) and currently sits on the board for the Cleveland Chapter Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) and is an active member of the Cleveland Chapter National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA). Outside of work, Rachel spending time with her young family, friends and teaching Pure Barre.  

Sara Greenstein

President & CEO,
Lydall 

Sara Greenstein is a purpose-driven executive and creator of sustainable value for employees, customers, shareholders and the environment. Armed with a strong sense of purpose, a desire to do good, and deep expertise in process, product, customers, safety and innovation, she has successfully led the transformation of several leading U.S. manufacturing and service companies, including UL (Underwriters Laboratories) and U.S. Steel. In November 2019, Ms. Greenstein joined Lydall, a leading manufacturer of value-added engineered materials and specialty filtration solutions, as President & CEO. Under her leadership, Lydall has quickly pivoted to address the surge in demand for personal protective equipment driven by COVID-19. As one of the only companies in the U.S. and world capable of creating high-efficiency filtration media for N95 respirators, surgical masks and air filtration systems, the company is singularly focused on deploying its 150-year manufacturing experience to create critically needed products that protect both people and places.

Tiffany Bryson

Direct Regional Sales Manager,
GROB Systems

Tiffany Bryson is the Direct Regional Sales Manager for GROB Systems, a global manufacturer of high-precision 5-axis machine tools. She helps OEMs and job shops in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee gain a competitive advantage with cutting-edge CNC machines and automation systems. Tiffany is the first women to hold a direct sales position at the 95-year-old company. Before joining GROB Systems, Tiffany was National Accounts Manager at a trade association for precision manufacturers. She designed a highly successful strategic sponsorship and membership program that drove revenue increases over five years. At the same time, she served on the association’s Technology Committee to educate and inform members and advance U.S. manufacturing. Tiffany is an influencer and thought leader in the manufacturing community and shares her enthusiasm with a large audience on social media. A passion for workforce development and empowering women landed her on the board of Women in Manufacturing (WiM), Ohio Chapter, for five years. She continues to ‘pay it forward’ by mentoring young women who are ready for an awesome career in manufacturing.

Since production occurs at different times, in different regions across WiM’s membership (and demands can change at a moment’s notice), this program has a virtual, asynchronous approach. The total program duration is approximately 20 weeks, ending around the week of February 1, 2022.

*Participants located in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont and Washington can receive a discounted registration rate thanks to KeyBank Foundation.  Please use discount code Keybank21 on the payment page to receive 25% off  your registration rate. You must be located in one of the states above to receive the discounted rate.


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