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#153 Building a Thriving Community with Kathryn Kelley

When the COVID-19 pandemic overtook our “normal” way of life, it also greatly impacted the manufacturing industry. Today’s WAM podcast guest, Kathryn Kelley, is the Executive Director of Ohio Manufacturing Institute. Kathryn brings with her over 20 years of experience in program leadership and strategic communications at industry-oriented higher education, economic development, and statewide technology …

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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 …

Read more#152 Connection, Flexibility, and Software with 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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#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 …

Read more#150 Empowering Employees and Developing Sustainable Growth with Sheryl Corrigan

#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 …

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

#148 Empowering Women to Take the Lead: A Conversation with Gloria Feldt

While women in the U.S. receive more than 50% of college degrees each year, they remain largely absent from executive leadership positions. As a female leader who successfully ran Planned Parenthood at regional and national levels, best-selling author, and co-founder of Take the Lead, Gloria Feldt continues her lifelong mission – to help prepare, develop, inspire, …

Read more#148 Empowering Women to Take the Lead: A Conversation with Gloria Feldt

#147 Enhancing Gender Equality in the Workplace with Tanushree Ghosh

Our guest on today’s show is a woman in manufacturing with a PhD in material science and a passion for gender related issues, so much so that she has written two books on the subject. Tanushree moved to the United States to study because she wanted to have freedom of choice that she didn’t feel …

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#146 How Software Solutions Can Benefit Your Manufacturing Company with Tracy Coon

Tracy Coon,  joins us today to explain that there are so many elements that go into the operationalizing of a manufacturing company. One of the biggest challenges experienced by manufacturing companies is “making sure they have the right product in the right place at the right time.” If you don’t have this under control it …

Read more#146 How Software Solutions Can Benefit Your Manufacturing Company with Tracy Coon

#145 A Force of Nature in Logistics – Meet Kristy Knichel

Logistics – particularly trucking is a male-dominated world. No one knows that better than Kristy Knichel, President of Knichel Logistics. Kristy is a fearless leader who grew her family business into a major industry player. Nothing was handed to her. Kristy worked for years in just about every area of the company including marketing, sales, …

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#144 Rebooting and Locking Down Company Culture with Karen Norheim

To have a happy and empowered workforce, you need to have a good foundation, a good company culture, and a healthy garden from which to grow your people and your business. Today’s guest is Karen Norheim, who is the President of American Crane, an Equipment Corporation, with three locations in Pennsylvania, totaling over a quarter …

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#143 How to Accelerate and Scale Sustainable Operations: A Conversation with Divya Demato

Divya Demato is a rock star in the supply chain community. She has mastered the practice of merging supply chain sustainability with profitability — no easy task in today’s economic landscape. Early on, Divya’s mother – a key role model – instilled in her a strong work ethic, authenticity, entrepreneurship, and a deep bond for …

Read more#143 How to Accelerate and Scale Sustainable Operations: A Conversation with Divya Demato

#142 Leading Youth Into the Manufacturing Industry with Kristin Carlson

Manufacturing is an amazing career choice and people seem not to understand that they can have a wonderful life taking up a career in this industry. Our guest today is passionate about informing kids and their parents that just because you go into a trade and start working right out of high school, does not …

Read more#142 Leading Youth Into the Manufacturing Industry with Kristin Carlson

#141 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 …

Read more#141 Filmmaker Turned Supply Chain Traceability Expert – A Conversation with Fiona Delaney

#139 Sales Negotiation and Consulting with Carrie Welles

In the world of negotiators, people either seem to think they are really good at it or that they stink, but there doesn’t seem to be a middle ground. Some people stick to instinct and luck when it comes to business negotiations, but our guest today works with well thought-out strategies, important concepts, and an …

Read more#139 Sales Negotiation and Consulting with Carrie Welles

#138 From Veterinary and Healthcare Industries to Helping Manufacturers Build New Sales Channels – A Conversation with BITCADET’s Lisa Clark

Hear Linda Rigano’s conversation with Lisa Clark, an empowering leader who shares her personal and professional journey. Growing up Lisa’s parents instilled the value of hard work, perseverance and a generosity of spirit. These are all lessons Lisa practices daily as co-founder and Managing Director of BITCADET, a technology company that increases manufacturers’ sales and …

Read more#138 From Veterinary and Healthcare Industries to Helping Manufacturers Build New Sales Channels – A Conversation with BITCADET’s Lisa Clark

#137 Growing Through Acquisition with Elizabeth Paquette

Seeking through acquisition what you do not have in-house is a strategy implemented by our guest and her company to see growth. With acquisition comes diversification, which can help companies through things like global pandemics, and also provides a new customer base, and ultimately opportunities to expand your offerings, and thus quickening turnaround and increasing …

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#136 Manufacturing Professional, Plus Size Clothing with Danielle Malconian

Too many women blame themselves for the scarcity of well-made, professional, plus size clothing, but today’s guest is on a mission to help women feel better about themselves (and help them look fabulous in the process)! In today’s episode, Rosemary Coates interviews Danielle Malconian, President and CEO of Plus by Design and the brand, Vikki …

Read more#136 Manufacturing Professional, Plus Size Clothing with Danielle Malconian

#135 Hear How Tealbook’s Stephany Lapierre is Revolutionizing Supplier Data with Artificial Intelligence

WAM Podcast co-host Linda Rigano introduces us to Stephany Lapierre, an empowered professional who comes from a long line of entrepreneurs and strong women growing up in Canada. After college Stephany took a year off to be a “ski bum” at Whistler Mountain where she taught herself English and even worked with Justin Trudeau! After …

Read more#135 Hear How Tealbook’s Stephany Lapierre is Revolutionizing Supplier Data with Artificial Intelligence

#134 Bridging the Gap Between Policy Makers and Manufacturers with Rachel Jones

In today’s episode, host Rosemary Coates welcomes Rachel Jones, who is the Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers, or what we call the NAM. She oversees the NAM’s energy and environmental policy and she has expertise on issues ranging from energy production and use to air and water …

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#133 Chloe Songer Debuts a New Kind of Sneaker Made from Sustainable Materials

Meet Chloe Songer, founder of Thousand Fell – more than just a manufacturer of foot wear, but a leader in the movement to build a circular economy. Motivated by the enormous waste in the fashion industry and a desire to make a difference, Chloe took it upon herself to learn everything she could about the …

Read more#133 Chloe Songer Debuts a New Kind of Sneaker Made from Sustainable Materials

#132 Going Digital in a Modern Market with Anna Korolekh of Oro Inc.

While most businesses are moving online, many manufacturers continue to ignore the possibilities of eCommerce and continue to rely on landing face-to-face deals. Today, host Frances Brunelle welcomes Marketing Director Anna Korolekh of Oro Inc to explore the incredible opportunities that arise from taking your business online. We open our conversation by unpacking Oro’s product …

Read more#132 Going Digital in a Modern Market with Anna Korolekh of Oro Inc.

#131 Remaining Teachable with Rachel Liaw, Co-Founder of Fuse Inventory

Our guest on today’s show established a company with a mission to deeply understand the pain of using Excel to forecast inventory, scale your supply chain, and bring change. In this episode we are joined by Rachel Liaw, co-founder and CEO at Fuse Inventory. Rachel was born and raised in Hawaii, and she is a …

Read more#131 Remaining Teachable with Rachel Liaw, Co-Founder of Fuse Inventory

#130 Putting the ‘Pro’ Into Procurement with Mary Ann Brennan of 9thWonder

From marketing to real estate, procurement officers need to be jacks-of-all-trades, saddled with the huge responsibility of dealing with the many third-parties needed to run an organization. Today, host Rosemary Coates interviews the COO of 9thWonder, Mary Ann Brennan, about why procurement is so vital to modern companies. We open by touching on Mary Ann’s …

Read more#130 Putting the ‘Pro’ Into Procurement with Mary Ann Brennan of 9thWonder

#129 Recognizing Opportunities, Solving Problems, and Finding Need with Courtney Wright

Today on the WAM podcast, we welcome to the show, Courtney Wright. Courtney is the CEO of Gemini Builds It! and Showcase Acrylics. Prior to Gemini, Courtney founded CDW Merchants, the leading provider of 3D virtual retail displays and e-commerce gift packaging for the nation’s top retailers, including Kate Spade, Sperry’s, and Club Monaco. In …

Read more#129 Recognizing Opportunities, Solving Problems, and Finding Need with Courtney Wright

#128 Waste is at the Heart of the Fashion Industry – Why a Circular Economy Model is the Perfect Solution: A Conversation with Eon Founder Natasha Frank

Unlike linear models we see across most industries, the circular economy model is one that is focused on sustainability and reusing products and resources. We’re seeing this model gain traction and businesses who adopt it are finding it to be a profitable decision long term. In this episode, Linda Rigano has a fascinating discussion with …

Read more#128 Waste is at the Heart of the Fashion Industry – Why a Circular Economy Model is the Perfect Solution: A Conversation with Eon Founder Natasha Frank

#127 Leveraging Disruptive Technology for a Better Tomorrow – A Conversation with Judy Moon

Consumer demand for transparency is getting stronger every day and manufacturers are being held accountable in ways they never had to. WAM podcast co-host Linda Rigano speaks with Judy Moon, a fearless champion for greater transparency in the fashion industry. Judy heads up sales for EVRYTHNG, a market-leading Internet of Things SaaS platform for consumer …

Read more#127 Leveraging Disruptive Technology for a Better Tomorrow – A Conversation with Judy Moon

#126 Education for Supply Chain and Global Manufacturing with Cindy Mebruer

A lot of people, to this day, are only now learning about what supply chain is because of toilet paper. The pandemic has opened up opportunities for supply chain educators, as people are becoming aware of professions in supply chain. However, there is still a lack of education in various spaces such as in grade …

Read more#126 Education for Supply Chain and Global Manufacturing with Cindy Mebruer

#125 ERP Software Systems with Theresa Santiago

If you have worked in an engineer to order manufacturing environment long enough, you have most likely had some type of negative experience with enterprise software. And while ERP software has been out there for many years, it has never really focused on a project orientated environment. Our guest today on the Women and Manufacturing …

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#124 Proper Planning and Wealth Protection with Rachel Lower

Business owners often neglect planning because they are busy working in the business rather than thinking about the next step. This is why it’s important to bring in a third-party to help with planning and looking to the future. Today’s guest is Rachel Lower, President of Cornerstone Advisors, an advisory consultancy that helps companies develop …

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#123 Learning to be Resilient and Open to New Opportunities… A Conversation with Judy Greenhill

As with anything in life, we make plans. But plans change and paths shift. You have to teach yourself to be resilient, to be open, and to be flexible in life so that when challenges arise and new opportunities present themselves, you can take advantage of them. Linda Rigano’s guest on this episode of the …

Read more#123 Learning to be Resilient and Open to New Opportunities… A Conversation with Judy Greenhill

#122 Women’s Certified Business: Tabatchnick Fine Foods with Rita Tabatchnick

Family-owned takes on a whole new meaning, something much larger to our guest today on the WAM podcast. In this episode we heartily welcome Rita Tabatchnick. Rita is the President of Tabatchnick Fine Foods, a nationally recognized soup company with over 30 varieties of hearty soups and broths. The company, amazingly, is now in its …

Read more#122 Women’s Certified Business: Tabatchnick Fine Foods with Rita Tabatchnick

#121 Process and Supply Chain Traceability with Grainne Lynch

Most people don’t know what a “traceability expert” is, but they appreciate the importance of knowing how products are made – from initial creation to distribution. Linda Rigano’s guest is Grainne Lynch, who heads up Supply Chain Traceability for Accenture’s newly acquired ESP Enterprise System Partners Group. Grainne started her career writing software for a …

Read more#121 Process and Supply Chain Traceability with Grainne Lynch

#120 Smart Glasses, Accessories, and Robotics with Johanna Bellenberg

Robotics and automation makes you think speed, efficiency, and higher productivity. However, there is a key component that is often lacking. Take the example of a grocery story cashier being replaced by a robot — teaching the robot how to pick up a banana without squishing seems to be a futile task, but the robot …

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#119 Build the Confidence to Take Risks and Pursue What You Love with Andrea Aranguren

Andrea Aranguren’s message to all women is “don’t be afraid to take risks.” Early mentors taught Andrea to be willing to do what it takes to pursue your passion. Linda Rigano’s guest today co-founded CMDTY, a company whose mission is to make physical commodities as efficient as possible. Andrea and her team are transforming commodities …

Read more#119 Build the Confidence to Take Risks and Pursue What You Love with Andrea Aranguren

#118 Shaping Successful Global Trade Compliance with Beth Pride of BPE Global

Today on the WAM podcast, host Rosemary Coates interview Beth Pride, the founder and president of BPE Global, a woman-run and led consulting and training firm that facilitates global trade and strategy. Bringing years of valuable and hard-won experience to the table, Beth speaks about how she unexpectedly grew into loving global trade compliance. Beginning …

Read more#118 Shaping Successful Global Trade Compliance with Beth Pride of BPE Global

#117 Preparing the Apparel Industry for Automation with Sarah Krasley

There are 75 million workers in the apparel industry, but according to the International Labor Organization, between 60-88% of those workers are at risk of losing their jobs because of automation in the next 10 years. In today’s episode, Linda Rigano interviews Sarah Krasley. Sarah is a fearless entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of …

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#116 Find the Hidden Profit Center in Your Commercial Credit and Collections Team

Today on the WAM podcast, host Linda Rigano interviews Jan Weiss, who is an expert in commercial credit and collections, across a number of industries. She is also an independent producer, having worked on shows for the Jewish Broadcasting Service. In this episode, Jan shares with us her professional journey, as well as some expert …

Read more#116 Find the Hidden Profit Center in Your Commercial Credit and Collections Team

#115 Time-Tested Expertise with Kim Alford from KAM Tool & Die

Today on the WAM Podcast, host Frances Brunelle interviews Kim Alford, who is the production manager of KAM Tool & Die of B-Square Precision Group located in Zebulon, North Carolina. Having been a part of this prestigious company since it’s founding in 1995, Kim brings extensive, time-tested expertise in production planning, human resources, and accounting …

Read more#115 Time-Tested Expertise with Kim Alford from KAM Tool & Die

#114 From Peace Corps Volunteer to Vice President of Transplace…a Conversation with Mollie Bailey Haney

From growing up in a small Pennsylvania coal mining town, to a volunteer post in Africa – and a successful career in the logistics industry, our guest, Mollie Bailey Haney, has experienced things most people don’t get to see in a lifetime. After completing her degree in liberal arts, Mollie wasn’t ready for a 9-5 …

Read more#114 From Peace Corps Volunteer to Vice President of Transplace…a Conversation with Mollie Bailey Haney

#113 LFM Capital and Private Equity with Jessica Ginsberg

In today’s episode, Frances Brunelle speaks with Jessica Ginsberg, Director of Business Development at LFM Capital. LFM is a private equity investment group focused on niche manufacturing and industrial service businesses. Jessica is responsible for LFM’s business development activities, including overseeing the firm’s direct sourcing and outreach to intermediaries. She brings over 11 years of …

Read more#113 LFM Capital and Private Equity with Jessica Ginsberg

#112 Buying and Selling Manufacturing Companies with Jaimie Petrow

In today’s episode, host Frances Brunelle interviews Jaimie Petrow, the Head of Business Development at Accelerated Manufacturing Brokers. In this episode, Frances and Jaimie discuss all of the ins and outs of buying and selling manufacturing companies, from necessary documents and information to the risks involved and the duration of transition. Jaimie highlights the importance …

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#111 Addressing Global Supply Chain Risk Through Software Solutions with Bindiya Vakil

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed just how interconnected, yet fragile the global supplychain truly is. One company, Resilinc, has been addressing risk in the global supply chainthrough a clear vision and innovative software, and its CEO Bindiya Vakil, joins us today. Having come from the world of sourcing and procurement in high-tech, Bindiya felt the …

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#110 The Role of Safety Professionals in Getting America Back to Work with Diana Stegall, President of ASSP

The time has come for us to consider what it will look like to return to work once stay-at-home directions are withdrawn. How are employers preparing workplaces to ensure the safety of employees, and what role do safety professionals play in getting America back to work? In this episode, host Jennifer McNelly speaks with Diana …

Read more#110 The Role of Safety Professionals in Getting America Back to Work with Diana Stegall, President of ASSP

#109 Insights into the Supply Chain Publication Industry with Marina Mayer

With content creation at an all-time high, it’s important to have reputable, reliable sources of information. Marina Mayer, today’s guest, is Editor-in-Chief of two of the foremost supply chain publications, Food Logistics and Supply and Demand Chain Executive which both draw on expert industry knowledge to provide readers with an impressive variety of content. We …

Read more#109 Insights into the Supply Chain Publication Industry with Marina Mayer

#108 Who is Winning the Tech Race? With Rebecca Fannin, Founder of Silicon Dragon Ventures

Relations between the US and China are at a low-point right now, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic among other things, but how is that affecting global innovation? Today’s guest on the WAM podcast is an innovation expert, author, public speaker, and media entrepreneur, Rebecca Fannin, who is the founder and leader of Silicon Dragon Ventures. …

Read more#108 Who is Winning the Tech Race? With Rebecca Fannin, Founder of Silicon Dragon Ventures

#107 Why There’s No Such Thing as Overnight Success with Kelly Costello, Founder of Puppy Cake

It’s not a birthday unless there’s cake! Why shouldn’t that be true for dogs too? Today’s guest is Kelly Costello, founder of Puppy Cake. Her lightbulb moment came when she was looking at old cake mix advertisements for a client and thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if they made that for dogs too?” Realizing that dog …

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#106 Product Lifecycle Management with Lucy Blackley, CEO of Bombyx PLM

At the intersection of fashion and engineering, today’s guest was inspired to found her ownstartup focused on simplifying the lifecycle of products. In this episode of the WAM Podcast, host Linda Rigano speaks with Lucy Blackley, CEO of Bombyx PLM: Product Lifecycle Management, about fashion, digital innovation, and seriously motivated women! Lucy discusses with us her …

Read more#106 Product Lifecycle Management with Lucy Blackley, CEO of Bombyx PLM

#105 Hazard Girls™: The Power of “Can” with Charli K. Matthews

Welcome to the first episode of Hazard Girls™, the show that explores the inspiring professional journeys of women in non-traditional roles. In this episode, your host Emily Soloby of Juno Jones speaks to Charli K. Matthews, the founder and CEO of Empowering Brands, the founder of Empowering Pumps & Equipment, and Empowering Women in Industry. Charli …

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#104 Why Manufacturing Today Is Not What It Used to Be with Tanya DiSalvo

Have you ever tried to get through a day without using or coming into contact with a manufactured item? It’s pretty impossible! Manufacturing is such a big part of our day-to-day lives and we don’t always recognize that. Today’s guest on the WAM Podcast is Tanya DiSilvo, she’s the president of Criterion Tool, in Brookpark, …

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#103 Combining Innovation and Manufacturing with Julie Austin, Creator of Swiggies

They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and this was certainly the case for Julie Austin, creator of Swiggies, a range of wrist water bottles. After going for a run and passing out from dehydration, she came up with this innovative solution to a problem she knew many people had. In this episode …

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