Weekly Wrap Up For April 9th, 2021

Nancy LeMaster, Committee Chair of the ISM’s Hospital Report on Business(R), discusses the latest Hospital PMI report.  The report will cover the health of the health care sector, and the pressures of handling a pandemic on the sector’s supply chain.

Bahrain oil discoveryOil and Gas Deal Activity Drops Nearly 15% in February

February was a difficult month for the energy sector, as winter storms battered many areas across the country. Some of the most notable effects of the storm were seen in Texas, where much of the U.S. energy industry is located. A new report from Offshore Technology now shows how much the impact these storms had on deal activity for the month. (Read More)

TeslaTesla Aims to Hire Over 10,000 Employees for Austin Gigafactory

While many automakers struggled last year in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, Tesla continues to see steady sales growth. Growing demand for electric automobiles has put Tesla in a strong position to keep its edge in the electric vehicle market. Now, it seems the company is preparing to seize the opportunity with their new Gigafactory in Austin, Texas. (Read More)

workplace technologyNew Survey Shows Manufacturing Workers Support Digital Shift

The rising presence of digital software in the economy has led to a difficult issue for manufacturers. On the one hand, the use of new technology and programs can allow for them to maximize efficiency and increase productivity. At the same time, it also raises concerns over the potential unhappiness of their traditional workforce due to concerns of being replaced. However, a new study shows that these workers may actually be supportive of the new tech. (Read More)

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, and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025. She’s doing this by providing breakthrough training, mentoring and coaching, and thought leadership.

Gloria is truly a master juggler – managing senior leadership roles while raising a family of three during a time when women were encouraged to stay at home. In this time she managed to write four best-selling books; the latest being No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power.

In this episode, Gloria shares her personal and professional journey. Although she has tried her hand at many things over her successful 30-year career, the common thread of advancing women’s rights underpins it all. We discuss the gendered nature of our relationship to power and how internalized inferiority is the first thing women have to overcome if they are to get into top positions.

Learn more about Gloria’s organization Take The Lead and how they are helping women around the country change how they think of power and how best to deal with the implicit biases they face.

Listen to the entire conversation here on the WAM podcast. Hearing Gloria Feldt is like a master class in female empowerment!