Empowering Women in Production

September 13, 2021

The Empowering Women in Production program is 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 or shop-floor roles in manufacturing

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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 13, 2021 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET, which will be recorded for those that are unable to attend ‘live.’ Participants will then be asked to complete an online preassessment, which will be reviewed with their coach.

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.

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, such as 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 learning contract 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.

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

Allison Giddens 

Co-President of 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.

Cheryl Czach

Founder of 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.

Leslie Fiorenzo 

Founder of CoachwithLeslie.com

Leslie Fiorenzo is the founder of CoachwithLeslie.com, a coaching and training
the 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. Leslie received her bachelor’s degree from Spring Arbor College and her master’s in human resource development from Western Michigan University. She is the author of Twenty-One Lessons for Mastering the Difficult Conversation, available on Amazon.

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 20 weeks, ending 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.

This program is generously supported by the:

Program Platinum Sponsors

Silver Sponsor

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