My long-time sustainability friend and champion, Sean Sabre, compiled a list of the most influential women in supply chains in appreciation of International Women's Day. I was honored to be among profiled. I am going to pay it forward, and recognize the women in manufacturing who I admire.
Patricia Miller, CEO + Visionary of Matrix 4, left her job in bio-tech to resurrect her grandfather's injection molding company in Woodstock, IL. 6-years later, Patricia's company is a regular on Forbes' Fastest Growing Company list, evolving a legacy-technology into a vehicle for meaningful change in plastics and sustainability. I have the good fortune of having her as a friend and fellow leader in plastics manufacturing in Woodstock, IL.
Nicole Wolter, President & CEO at HM Manufacturing, Inc., left her career in finance to grow her family-owned power transmission fabricating firm. A board member of the National Association of Manufacturers and the Technology and Manufacturing Association, Nicole is just as comfortable in a suit as she is in a tee shirt on the production floor. As I waited for Nicole to join me for lunch, my nerves of anticipation were instantly quelled upon our meeting by her silly, yet matter-of-fact, charm.
Jackie Speciale, wearer-of-many-hats at family-owned Mac Automation Concepts, must not sleep: Mother, wife, American Red Cross Disaster and Humanitarian Relief Volunteer, Rotary Club member, Mentor of the INCubatoredu program at Woodstock high school (and more), Jackie took me under her wing when I first moved to Woodstock. She is kind, hard working, and has a heart of gold.
Lisa Mctigue Pierce, while not in manufacturing, writes extensively about it as the Executive Editor of Packaging Digest. Lisa is a talented and passionate writer, as is she technically meticulous. I have the great fortune of working with Lisa as a contributing writer and reporter for Packaging Digest on sustainable packaging.
Pay it forward, and recognize the women who inspire you today, in celebration of International Women's Day.
Lisa and I reporting from a Sustainable Packaging Conference