Participants at a previous Women in Finishing event.
Participants at a previous Women in Finishing event.

The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) says that registration is open for its 2021 Women in Finishing Forum.

The event, held from 4-6 October 2021 at the University of Notre Dame, USA, features a variety of professional and personal development sessions along with networking and team building activities and is open to women of all job types, from the finishing line to executive management. 

‘We are excited for the women in our industry to come together at this year’s forum,’ said Sheila LaMothe, WiF program manager. ‘Women in Finishing strives to provide tools for women in our industry to grow and advance their careers.’

Presentation topics and speakers include:

  • World-Class Operations Driven by a Culture of Caring – Jason Lippert, President & CEO, Lippert
  • Managing Conflict: Turn Fight, Flight or Freeze into Calm, Confident and Productive – Kim Lisiak, Director of Leadership Development, Lippert
  • Creating the Structure for Accountability – Lee Ann Schwope Cochran, Partner, Amphora Consulting
  • Journey to Leadership Panel – Shelley Bausch, Senior VP Global Industrial Coatings, Axalta Coating Systems; Alesha Miller, Assistant General Manager, Lippert; Allison Lee, General Manager & Partner, Coatings Plus; Michelle Striggow, Senior Finishing Account Manager, Graco
  • Embracing Market and Technology Trends in Industrial Finishing – Shelley Bausch, Senior VP Global Industrial Coatings, Axalta Coating Systems
  • Sales Strategies for Women in Finishing – Leslee Robinson, Sales Representative, Cardinal Paint and Powder
  • A Feminine Touch in a Masculine World: Why Manufacturing Needs the Healthiest Version of You – Dr Amber Selking, VP of Leadership and Culture, Lippert

The CCAI is also launching its Elizabeth Teska Women in Finishing Forum Scholarship program, named after one of WiF’s first official members, which aims to support women in the industrial finishing and coatings industry by expanding their opportunity to participate in WiF programs.

To register for the WiF forum, go here, and to apply for the scholarship, go here

This story uses material from the CCAI, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.