Empowering Women
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Successful women sharing their experiences and life stories that contribute to the greater good of all, improving products, making things better and safer, and fulfilling lives.


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This week on The WAM Podcast, you’re invited to learn leadership lessons from a woman who first walked the shop floor at age 11, ran machines at 13, ran a manufacturing organization at 23, and remains at the helm today, weathering storms that have included losing 90% of revenues during a major downturn in the economy.  Guest, Aneesa Muthana, speaks with host, Barbara Trautlein, about the importance of building relationships to achieve results, forging collaborative partnerships inside and outside the organization, and the responsibility of women to support other women and defy stereotypes. Her personal examples demonstrate how to take charge of your career, as well as how business leaders can promote women’s careers in manufacturing.

“Success is not given, it’s earned.” —Aneesa Muthana


Barbara Trautlein

Barbara A. Trautlein, Ph.D. is the author of the best-selling book, Change Intelligence: Use The Power of CQ To Lead Change That Sticks, principal and founder of Change Catalysts, and originator of the CQ System for Developing Change Intelligent Leaders and Organizations. For over 25 years, Barbara has coached executives, trained leaders at all levels, certified change agents, and facilitated mission-critical change management initiatives– achieving bottom-line business and powerful leadership results for clients.

In 2015, she had the honor of being awarded Change Management Consultant of the Year by the Association of Change Management Professionals Midwest Chapter.  She is gifted at sharing strategies and tactics that are accessible, actionable, and immediately applicable.  Her blend of research and real-world expertise makes her an in-demand speaker at conferences across the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa.  Barbara has a unique ability to connect with her audiences, from C-level executives in Fortune 50 organizations to front line employees, and across industries, from steel mills to sales teams, refineries to retail outlets, and healthcare to high tech.  Clients served include ArcelorMittal, BP, Cisco, Exelon, Ford, the NYPD, Steel Dynamics, and ThyssenKrupp.  Barbara holds a doctorate in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan.

For more information about Barbara and Change Catalysts, visit changecatalysts.com and follow her on Twitter @btraulein and connect on LinkedIn.


Aneesa Muthana

Aneesa Muthana is a hands-on leader with extensive experience in almost every aspect of a production machining environment. In 1993, Aneesa took the opportunity to run a small, struggling company.  Her passion and experience drove her to implement the changes necessary to substantially grow the business into a successful Swiss CNC operation. Aneesa attributes this success to building a high-performance team that embraces leading-edge technology, software, and equipment.  Aneesa sits on the boards of PMPA (Precision Machined Products Association), IMEC (Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center) and CRGC (Chicago Regional Growth Corp). She has been a speaker and panelist at a wide variety of industry events. In 2018, Aneesa had the honor to make the cover on Crain’s Chicago Business promoting women as an option to fill the need for a skilled workforce in manufacturing.  Aneesa’s global impacts have been focused on humanitarian assistance and post-disaster relief. She has spent weeks at a time providing relief and assistance throughout the U.S. with the American Red Cross and abroad.

To connect with Aneesa Muthana on social media, check out her FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

For more information about Pioneer Service Inc., visit http://www.pioneerserviceinc.com and their FacebookTwitterYouTubeInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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