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.

Never before has the manufacturing industry been in such an accelerated state of change, from retirees leaving the workforce, creating a serious skills gap and brain drain, to the implementation of the technological innovations of modern manufacturing, often referred to as Industry 4.0, or the 4th Industrial Revolution. The hosts of The WAM Podcast are all successful women in their own right, who interview women who are in the midst of a successful career in the industry and their respective companies, providing the guests with an opportunity to give guidance, insight, and inspiration to women who may or may not have considered a career in the industry, from teenagers just beginning to think about their career path to women in the industry or in transition in their own professional lives.

The subject matter of the interviews will cover the spectrum of unique challenges that any woman might face in the workplace or the industry, from the success and accomplishments of women in the shop floor to the C-suite, to executive management and labor unions, and to educational and governmental institutions. Each will share their thoughts in congenial, collegiate conversations with alternating hosts. Hosts will also tease out insights through guest introspection, along with suggestions and recommendations from guests to listeners about navigating the manufacturing and business industries...

 

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#163 Filmmaker Turned Supply Chain Traceability Expert – A Conversation with Fiona Delaney

Today, Fiona Delaney is a champion for supply chain traceability in the agricultural world – but she started on a different path.  Growing up in Dublin she pursued a career as an artist – producing and directing films including reality television and a local hit version of “The Voice”. In her early thirties, Fiona found…

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Special Guest: Fiona Delaney

Episode 162: Unpacking the Loan Process with SBA Lender-Turned-Expert, Michelle Orr

Today on the Women and Manufacturing Podcast, we delve into the subject of SBA lending. Fran Brunelle is joined by Michelle Orr of Live Oak Bank, the number one SBA lender in the nation for the past three years in a row and a great option for financing M&A deals. Michelle comes to Live Oak…

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Special Guest: Michelle Orr

#161 Using Your Unique Skillset to Excel at Project Management with Daisie Hobson

The role of a project manager in any kind of business is absolutely essential. Today’s guest, Daisie Hobson, is a structural and process engineering but, unlike most engineers, she is a huge people person. She has found a niche for herself working as an independent consultant in a customer support role with new products as…

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Special Guest: Daisie Hobson

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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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