Empowering Women
in Manufacturing And Business

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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About The WAM Podcast

Most people have heard that women are 51% of the U.S. population and only 27% of employees in manufacturing, but there is so much more to this story than a few statistics. To bring the story to life, Jacket Media Co., broadcasters of Manufacturing Talk Radio, created The WAM Podcastwhere empowered women interview empowered women who can share their experiences and encourage women to look across the broad landscape of manufacturing, from the shop floor to the C-Suite, and the expanse of jobs and careers in between, to learn more about this exciting sector of the U.S. economy, and what it might hold for them...

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#149 Going About Finding Funding the Smart Way with Christine Howard

The world of startup funding is an exciting and sometimes overwhelming arena to enter. Here on the WAM podcast today, Rosemary Coates interviews Christine Howard, who is the founder and CEO of E.B. Howard Consulting as well as StartupFundHub.com! In her work, Christine helps startups find and apply for non-dilutive funding and she gives a…

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Special Guest: Christine Howard

A Review of 2018 and a Forecast for 2019 from Manufacturing Talk Radio

Manufacturing Talk Radio Hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady discuss manufacturing in 2018 from the skills gap to the booming economy, and then look forward at 2019 where some softening may occurs.  To keep a handle on all the subject matters, Manufacturing Talk Radio is introducing several new shows beginning with Manufacturing Matters with Cliff…

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Achieving Balance While Working On Your Goals

This week, on Full-Time with Amy Nicklaus, we welcome Elizabeth Barry. With many successes of her own and her more than 20-year career, Elizabeth is now a coach and consultant for some of the most successful entrepreneurs, as well as C-suite level businessmen and women. Amy and Elizabeth dive into some secrets of success, along…

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Special Guest: Elizabeth Barry

Latest News

Auto Manufacturers Extend Production Cuts Due to Chip Shortages

The microchip shortage has been making a noticeable impact on the auto manufacturing industry. As a result of the shortages, companies have had to reduce or even temporarily halt production in order to maintain an…

Weekly Wrap Up For March 26th, 2021

Join John Kennedy, CEO, NJMEP and Alyssa Rodrigues, Director, The Alaska MEP as they discuss how tourism and its decline during the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the manufacturing industry in the state of Alaska. NJMEP…

Department of Energy Continues Investments with New Electrical Grind Funding

The Department of Energy just announced plans to invest nearly $53 million into helping manufacturers shift towards more environmentally friendly methods of production. Now, the Department has announced its intentions to do the same in…

MEET YOUR HOST

Frances Brunelle

Frances Brunelle is the founder of Accelerated Manufacturing Brokers, Inc., which specializes in the sale of lower middle-market manufacturing companies nationally. Fran and her team help to ensure the continuity of U.S. Manufacturing by transitioning ownership to the next generation of entrepreneurs. Fran writes on topics that help manufacturing business owners prepare their companies for sale and navigate the sale process to ensure a positive financial result in support of their retirement. Her articles can be found here. Recently Fran was named to 2020 Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A by Mergers & Acquisitions.

To learn more about Fran and her company, click here: About Accelerated Manufacturing Brokers, Inc.


Linda Rigano

Linda Rigano is the Principal Consultant of The Rigano Group. Her expertise and enthusiasm for strategic and effective communication permeate all that she does as a consultant to B2B and B2C technology, manufacturing, supply chain, and publishing organizations to improve business performance and stakeholder relationships by building highly successful and measurable communications programs.

With over 20 years of industry experience, Linda has excelled in helping organizations advance the discussion of important industry issues. She was central to the development and promotion of ThomasNet’s annual Industry Market Barometer® (IMB) survey on the state of manufacturing, the ThomasNet/ISM “30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars” Recognition Program, and ThomasNet’s North American Scholarship Program. Linda also served as Director of Strategic Alliances for ThomasNet, and for many years was the Publisher of the Thomas Food Industry Register.

Throughout her career, Linda has been an active participant and presenter for manufacturing, supply management, and business associations. She is widely quoted in business and trade media, including Bloomberg BusinessweekNightly Business Report, and Industry Today. Linda holds an MBA in marketing from Fordham University.

Connect with Linda Rigano on LinkedIn.


Rosemary Coates

Ms. Coates is the Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute and the President of Blue Silk Consulting, a Global Supply Chain consulting firm. She is a best-selling author of: 42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China and 42 Rules for Superior Field Service and The Reshoring Guidebook. 

Ms. Coates lives in Silicon Valley and has worked with over 80 clients worldwide. She is also an Expert Witness for legal cases involving global supply chain matters.  She is passionate about Reshoring.


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