Women in Finishing Holds Inaugural Forum

Program designed to foster professional and personal development for women in industrial finishing.


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The Chemical Coaters Association International held its first Women in Finishing (WiF) Forum at the University of Notre Dame in May. The event brought together nearly 50 women representing suppliers, OEMs and custom coaters in a variety of job functions within industrial finishing.

Programming included a welcome reception and general sessions designed to foster professional and personal development. Dr. Amber Selking, director of people performance for Lippert Components and mental performance consultant for the Notre Dame football team, spoke on the impact the brain has on performance and how to build a championship mindset.

Anne Goyer, executive director of CCAI, led a leadership panel that included Julia Murray, BASF Chemetall; Dr. Victoria Gelling, Sherwin-Williams; and Pat Hendricks, PPG OEM Coatings. They shared their journeys to leadership, as well as advice for those working their way up the ladder. Other presentations focused on opportunities in advanced manufacturing, trends for women in finishing and how to get and use power.

The forum utilized the Notre Dame campus for outdoor sessions that focused on communication, strategy and team building skills. The program concluded with a session on the impact wellness has on success, followed by a session on tactics to turn negative conflict into a productive tool.

Gaining a community of women from a variety of backgrounds, but with the common connection of a career in finishing manufacturing, was invaluable and the sessions were engaging and informative,” says Laura Beach, chassis sales manager, Lippert Components.

More WiF events are in the planning stages, including a 2020 WiF Forum with dates and location to be announced.

Visit womeninfinishing.org.