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Women in Industry
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Welcome to our Women in Industry Division page. The division works to see a competitive, diverse and dynamic industry that offers long-term, fulfilling careers where women and men work synergistically.
The Women in Industry Division works to provide easy access to a highly-valued portfolio of learning tools and networking opportunities to support personal growth and career development, and an industry with raised awareness and heightened appreciation for how the differences between women and men can lead to a more integrated, engaged, and successful workforce.
Division Chair: Heather Jennings, Bio Huma Netics
Vice Chair: Maja Mejsner, Valmet
2nd Vice Chair: Sarah Dawkins, Solenis
Chair Emeritus: Pamela Cowan, Pulmac Systems International
Benchmarking Committee Chair: Paula Hajakian, United States Gypsum Company
Celebrating Women Leaders Committee Chair: Jennifer Piercy, North Carolina State University
CWL Vice Chair: Rielle Walker, Solenis
Outreach Committee Chair: Heather Jennings, Bio Huma Netics
Girl Scouts Outreach Sub-Committee Chair: Beth Cormier, Sappi North America
Program Committee Chair: Maja Mejsner, Valmet
Program Vice Chair: Sarah Dawkins, Solenis
Solutions & Strategies for Career Development & Engagement Committee Chair: Rosy Covarrubias, Buckman
S&S Vice Chair: Heather Starkey, North Carolina State University
Mission - Why are we here?
Inspire and support the development of women in the forest products, pulp, paper, tissue, packaging and associated industries by serving as a resource for education and networking opportunities, that result in more women leaders in the industry, fostering overall industry health.
Vision - What is important to us?
The Women in Industry will see:
A competitive, diverse and dynamic industry that offers long-term, fulfilling careers where women and men work synergistically
Easy access to a highly-valued portfolio of learning tools and networking opportunities to support personal growth and career development
An industry with raised awareness and heightened appreciation for how the differences between women and men can lead to a more integrated, engaged, and successful workforce
Learn more about the Women in Industry Division by viewing this brief video.
The Committees of the Women in Industry Division work together to encourage
men and women to focus on women's issues, volunteer involvement, and developing women leaders in the workplace.
Each year, the Women in Industry Division is proud to provide several awards.
2020 Women’s Summit Recording
The TAPPI Women in Industry Division is proud to announce the return of TAPPI's Women's Summit! Open to women and men, the Summit addresses key topics prevalent and integral to working women today. All who support the growth of women in today’s workforce are welcome.
We are proud to provide TAPPI Connect as a centralized, online resource for our members, consultants, and volunteers to network, share knowledge, problem solve, and collaborate.
The Women in Industry Division is proud to offer several webinars designed around the mission and goals of the division.
2020 Woman of the Year Award - Virtual Event
Inside this Section
- Coating and Graphic Arts
- Corrugated Packaging
- International Flexible Packaging and Extrusion Division
- Nonwovens, Engineers and Technologists (NET)
- Paper and Board
- PIMA Management
- Process Control
- Process and Product Quality
- Pulp Manufacture
- Women in Industry
- Young Professionals
- Independent Technical Committees