February 10, 2020
Our guest today, Emily Soloby, has been on a mission to help women since the start of her career. From being a women’s rights lawyer to owning two companies, Emily has always placed empowerment at the core of what she does. She has moved between many different industries throughout her career, and while she found these moves tough, she also discovered some unexpected links between them. Through both her time as a lawyer and as the owner of a trucking school business, she was able to assist people – women specifically – in profound ways.
Emily’s journey started at the University of Minnesota where she received a degree in Women’s Studies; followed by a law degree from Temple University.
Shortly after, she took a job as a nonprofit lawyer, advocating for women in domestic violence cases. The years of high stress and tragic scenarios of clients led Emily to start a new chapter. She decided to go back to graduate school to get her Masters Degree. At Temple University, she met her husband Ryan and they took over a small family business in Harrisburg, PA. Together, they worked hard to recruit and train men and women for truck driving positions – an industry suffering from lack of talent. Thanks to Emily’s efforts, they took on a contract with the U.S. Coast Guard to help train drivers to move cargo, and the company quickly grew a national reach.
Emily’s entrepreneurial bug kicked in again as she noticed that many women in logistics and manufacturing industries had limited options for safety footwear that is rugged, comfortable and stylish. Enter – the premier of Juno Jones Shoes, Emily’s brand-new venture manufacturing just the kind of footwear women have been waiting for! Emily hopes that her line of fashionable steel toe boots will help to normalize the presence of women in non-traditional fields. The right gear not only helps women feel safer on the job, but creates a greater sense of belonging in what are usually male-dominated fields.
Hear Emily’s inspiring story including the role models in her life who helped her all along the way. And, please join the Kickstarter campaign for Juno Jones and be a part of something great! CLICK HERE to learn more.
February 3, 2020
Today on the WAM podcast, we welcome Colleen Gray, president, and CEO of Consensus Orthopedics Inc. Colleen started her career in accounting, but never quite felt at home. She then gravitated to cost accounting because she felt it really gave her an inside view of manufacturing. Her career trajectory has led her on an incredible path, starting out in high tech companies in Arizona and then relocating to California, still remaining in the high tech sphere. Colleen is also the co-founder of one of the first cloud-based storage companies, called Storage Way.
A few decisions and changes later, Colleen’s journey took her to her current position at Consensus, where she has been for about 15 years. In this episode, Colleen shares more about this exact journey, the lessons she’s learned along the way, and the constant innovation that is present within her industry. So stay tuned to today’s episode to hear more from Colleen Gray, as she shares on her personal journey through the manufacturing world, more about what is happening at Consensus Orthopedics Inc., and what it’s like to be a woman CEO in a man’s world.
January 28, 2020
Not many bakeries can brag about their pumpkin pie being ranked number one in America by Rachael Ray. Sweetie Pies Bakery holds this accolade, along with being having been featured in Bon Appetit Magazine, Food & Wine Mag, and USA Today. Today’s guest, Toni Chiappetta, is the owner of this acclaimed bakery, which she grew out of her apartment kitchen!
In this episode, Toni sheds light on the different facets of her business from wholesale to retail and how she juggles it all. Being a woman is business is not always easy, but Toni does things on her terms, treating everyone with kindness and respect. We also learn more about the different distribution channels that the bakery has, which allows people all across the country to try these delicious treats.
Although she’s been in the business for over 20 years, Toni shows no sign of slowing down and Sweetie Pie continues to grow in leaps and bounds. Tune in today!
January 22, 2020
This podcast features WAM's two newest hosts, Frances Brunelle and Rosemary Coates, as they discuss different sides of the manufacturing industry and the impact that the global economy is having on manufacturing both domestically and internationally.
Frances Brunelle is the founder of Accelerated Manufacturing Brokers Inc., a company that specializes in the sale of lower middle-market manufacturing companies nationally. In this episode, Frances discusses what is going on in the market and how the industry is growing and therefore beginning to tip over into a buyers market. Being aware of this changing climate is vital for those who are in, or are looking to emerge into, the manufacturing industry in order to strategically keep a competitive edge.
Rosemary Coates is a best selling author as well as the Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute. She is also the president of Blue Silk Consulting. Rosemary has key insights into the global manufacturing environment, and how manufacturing in China has had an effect on offshore imports and American jobs. She established the Reshoring Institute as a way to bring more jobs from China to America, offering companies a 360-degree view of what jobs they can bring back into the country while still offering employees an honest, working wage. She also discusses how trade wars are affecting global imports and what that means for manufacturing.
Tune into this educational podcast with Frances and Rosemary today to learn about how these women are making significant waves in the Manufacturing industry.
December 10, 2019
This week on The WAM Podcast, host, Linda Rigano, extends a warm welcome to Sabari Raja, who is the co-founder of Nepris Inc. Nepris is a first of its kind cloud-based platform that connects educators and learners with a network of industry professionals, virtually, bringing real-world relevance and career exposure to all students.
47% of school children in the US drop out early because they don’t see how what they learn every day is relevant to life after school. Nepris sets out to remedy this problem by not only showing schoolchildren what their lessons prepare them for, but also providing them with professionals to look up to and be inspired by.Sabari shares her own inspirational story with us about how education took her from her childhood home on a farm in south India to start the largest and most forward-thinking education technology company in the US.
Sabari also speaks more about what Nepris does to help students and companies alike, how it has grown so fast, and what she sees for its bright future as a global company. Sabari is an inspiration as a woman who exceeded her circumstances and is now dedicating her life to giving others a better chance to do the same, so be sure to tune in!
December 4, 2019
This week on The WAM Podcast's special series with ASSP (American Society of Safety Professionals), host, Jennifer McNelly, speaks with Wells Bullard, the 5th generation CEO of the family-owned safety equipment giant, Bullard. The company was founded in 1898 by Well's great-great-grandfather as a supply company for copper and gold mines in California and Nevada.
Bullard is a pioneer in every sense of the word. They are famous for inventing the beloved hard hat in 1919 and have been making safety equipment since before it was even an industry standard. Today, Wells shares her experiences of what it was like growing up as a 5th generation potential heir to Bullard, as well as fascinating stories about the history of the company itself.
Jennifer and Wells talk about the idea of diversity in the workplace as it relates to safety and the standards and practices that Bullard uses in the engineering of its products. Wells also introduces us to the famous Bullard Turtle Club, which honors accident survivors who have a hard hat to thank for their luck. Finally, we hear about how Wells handles shouldering the legacy of Bullard and being a role model so that people of diverse identities can see themselves in her as they work to achieve their own dreams.
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November 13, 2019
This week on The WAM Podcast, hosts, Andrea and Desiree give their imaginary 28-year-old selves some advice for maintaining great relationships and excelling in the workplace. Sometimes, especially as young people, we can get caught up in the wrong definition of what it means to be excelling at our job. Maybe we got a little bit of authority and started making too many big changes too early on, or maybe we focused on a task at hand at the expense of asking someone how their day was going.
What Andrea and Desiree teach us in this episode is that sometimes pausing and actually observing what is going on in the workplace can earn us far more respect than storming in like a bull in a china shop. There are always things happening behind the scenes that just can't be understood unless they are given time to reveal themselves. It is precisely an attentiveness to this fact that could make a young and ambitious person trying to make a name for themselves look mature, rather than silly and naive. Tune in and take some notes from two seasoned pros!
November 6, 2019
This week on The WAM Podcast's special series with ASSP (The American Society of Safety Professionals), we are very grateful to have Rosa Carrillo on the show, who has come to share some of the research she has published in her new book, The Relationship Factor in Safety Leadership. Rosa's book argues that business leaders should build strong, healthy relationship networks in their companies because it helps them build trust with coworkers.
Much of the latest research points to trust as a critical factor in engaging employees. In her book, Rosa compiles 8 core beliefs that are the foundation for high-performance safety organizations. Rosa chats with the host of WAM and CEO of ASSP, Jennifer McNelly, to discuss some of these beliefs, touching on how trust amongst CEOs and employees leads to better safety regulation, performance, employee ingenuity, and more! Join us to hear Rosa's sharp observations from her research in cognitive science, and find out how to elevate safety in your own company today.
Connect with Rosa Carrillo on LinkedIn, check out her blog at carrilloconsultants.com/blog, and follow her on Twitter @rosaccc
October 30, 2019
This week on The WAM Podcast, host, Linda Rigano, is joined by entrepreneurial trailblazer, Allison Grealis. Allison is on a mission to create worldwide awareness for women in all areas of manufacturing. 10 years ago, Allison founded Women in Manufacturing (WiM) which is the only national trade association dedicated to providing support for women with a career in the industry.
Today, WiM has over 3,000 members representing over 1,000 manufacturing companies across every job function. In this episode, we find out how WiM was started and the important needs it addresses in the male-dominated industry culture today. We also hear Allison's view on women in leadership and why training and education, strong peer communities, and encouraging failure are key to building motivated, confident women leaders in the workspace.
Allison also shares the exciting work that WiM is doing to build a community of female professionals who are supported, celebrated, and inspired to move to the next level in their careers.
Like & follow Allison Grealis on Twitter and Instagram @allisongrealis and the Women in Manufacturing® Association (WiM) on Facebook and Twitter @WomeninMfg
September 11, 2019
This week on The WAM Podcast's "Bad Boss" series, hosts, Andrea Olson and Desiree Grace save the worst for last. In this episode, you'll be introduced to the five 'evil' boss archetypes of Bobby Backstabber, Power-Trip Paul, Micro-Manager Matt, Absentee Al, and Ladder-Climbing Larry. No one likes an 'evil' boss, but the good news is that you can control how you choose to react to these bosses.
Here, Andrea and Desiree describe the five archetypes, providing a deeper insight into their character and ticks. All to give you some tools and practical tips to better equip you for your next work project, meeting, email, or daily encounter at the espresso machine. If you're facing one or more of these bosses, by the end of this episode, you'll have a set of mental, emotional, and practical tips on how to tactfully manage them. With these tools, you may even start to view these "bad bosses" as a positive opportunity for growth.