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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#152 Connection, Flexibility, and Software with Stephanie Richelieu Stagger

In today’s episode, we speak with Stephanie Richelieu Stagger, Chief Revenue Officer for 3Gtms. Stephanie shares how her international upbringing and global experience have aided her career in supply chain management. In our discussion, we talk about how she fell in love with software and supply chain management, why her work is never boring, and…

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Special Guest: Stephanie Richelieu Stagger

#151 Refashioning the Supply Chain with Lisa Morales-Hellebo

As the co-founder and general partner of REFASHIOND Ventures, the co-founder of The Worldwide Supply Chain Federation, and the founder of the New York Fashion Tech Lab, Lisa Morales-Hellebo’s life has always been closely tied to technology. At REFASHIOND, Lisa works to help companies reframe their supply chain processes and goals to keep up with…

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Special Guest: Lisa Morales-Hellebo

#150 Empowering Employees and Developing Sustainable Growth with Sheryl Corrigan

As companies grow from national to international, private to public, so does their tendency to apply increased layers of bureaucracy and rigid hierarchical structures, often accompanied by a death knell for innovation. In today’s episode Frances Brunelle, The President of Accelerated manufacturing brokers inc. speaks with Sheryl Corrigan, the Director of Environmental Health and Safety…

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Special Guest: Sheryl Corrigan

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Semiconductor Shortages Sees Systemic Scarcity

The following article is the cover story in the April issue of Manufacturing Outlook. Click here to read the entire April issue, and for a limited time, subscribe to Manufacturing Outlook FREE! There’s a chip…

U.S. Now Facing Lithium-Ion Battery Shortage as EV Production Ramps Up

The current semiconductor shortage has severely impacted many American industries, especially the automotive industry. Manufacturers have had to slow down or completely halt production in order to maintain enough semiconductors in reserve. Now, experts think…

Biden Administration to Help AstraZeneca Produce Vaccine in U.S.

In the U.S., vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson are some of the most readily available. However, in Europe, the AstraZeneca vaccine has been the one primarily being administered. Now, after a production…

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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