Women in Manufacturing

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March is Women’s History Month! To honor it, we’re partnering with the Women in Manufacturing Massachusetts Chapter, the Massachusetts chapter of the American Rosie the Riveter Association, and IDC to host a panel on March 21st, the National Rosie The Riveter Day. Join us in conversation with some of the women leading the way discussing the role of women in manufacturing and how to increase diversity in the industry. Please note: This event is open to people of all genders; we encourage both men and women to attend.

As always, there will be free refreshments along with the opportunity to network with other manufacturing leaders in the region.

Agenda:[masked]: Mingle[masked]: Panel[masked]: Networking + Snacks + Drinks

About the speakers:

Stephanie Neil is the Editor-in-Chief of OEM Magazine and a Senior Editor at Automation World. She’s been writing about business, technology and manufacturing operations for over 20 years. In addition to reporting on the skills gap and workforce diversity, last year Neil assisted in the launch of the Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network (PPWLN), which serves to recruit, retain and advance women’s careers in this industry. As part of PPWLN, Neil works behind the scenes with the council members to inspire women to choose manufacturing as a career.

Joann Michalik is Managing Director of Deloitte Consulting LLP and leads the Smart Building Practice. Over her 30-year career, she has helped manufacturers deploy innovative solutions, advanced technologies and process improvement to transform business performance and results. Joann has been on the forefront of the latest business practices, including beta site for Flow Manufacturing, creation and training of GE in Lean Six Sigma, and early implementation of the Business Process Reengineering and Stage Gate product development approaches.

Jennifer Milne is a Product Manager at Formlabs, a Somerville-based manufacturer of affordable high-resolution 3D printing solutions. An early member of the Formlabs team, Jenni has launched multiple products with a focus on moving from engineering to marketing timelines, usability and applications validation, and developing launch campaigns that will resonate with designers and engineers. Micaelah Morrill is the Acting Executive Director of Greentown Learn, the non-profit arm of Greentown Labs. During her time at Greentown Labs, she has developed a unique program to connect startups and manufacturers to help promote local commercialization and relationship building and to ensure the great ideas that are hatched locally get made locally.

Micaelah Morrill is the Acting Executive Director of Greentown Learn, the non-profit arm of Greentown Labs. During her time at Greentown Labs, she has developed a unique program to connect startups and manufacturers to help promote local commercialization and relationship building and to ensure the great ideas that are hatched locally get made locally. She has presented her program design and findings at: SXSWEco 2015, MForesight Clean Energy Manufacturing Consortium (in connection with DOE), and the White House Maker-to-Manufacturer Fair 2016, among others. Micaelah received her BA from Umass Amherst and has a Master’s in Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning from Tufts University, where she focused on renewable energy, community development and electricity markets. She sits on the boards of the Political Science Advisory Board at Umass Amherst, the Center for EcoTechnology (CET), and serves as Co-Chair for the Umass Women Into Leadership (UWiL) program at Umass Amherst.

Kimberly Knickle is the research vice president at IDC Manufacturing Insights. She leads the IT Priorities & Strategies program, which focuses on hot topics and technologies that are changing the way manufacturers buy and use IT, such as digital transformation, big data and analytics, cloud, IoT, mobility, and 3D printing.