- November 02, 2021
For the inaugural event of the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Women Influencers program, seven women in the manufacturing, technology and supply chain industry participated in a virtual panel discussion about how to bridge the gap for women in their fields, particularly in aerospace.
Fort Wayne, Indiana - October 2021 - For the inaugural event of the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Women Influencers program, seven women in the manufacturing, technology and supply chain industry participated in a virtual panel discussion about how to bridge the gap for women in their fields, particularly in aerospace.
The discussion, moderated by Sudha Chandrasekharan, general manager of the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions facility in Denver, Colorado, US, and Greg Jones, director of Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Aerospace Hub Americas, explored the panelists’ leadership philosophies and their views on gender diversity and inclusiveness in manufacturing, technology and supply chain roles.
Participants voiced their opinions on common misconceptions about women in leadership and how to overcome them, the importance of mentorship programs, and the value of being bold in the workplace. Panel participants also shared stories about their successes and the challenges they have faced in their academic and career journeys.
Chandrasekharan, the catalyst for the Women Influencers program, said: “The strongest women are those who build each other up. If we want to see more women leaders, it’s important for women to develop a strong supportive network of mentors. I am delighted to see this program take off and watch the partnerships form between women influencers.”
Panelists included: Heather Castleman, senior director of strategy & marketing, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions; Nancy Getz, product line director, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions; Kathy Hamrick, financial analyst, Boeing; Tara Heller, ITAR compliance manager, Magpul Industries Corporation; Tricia Heller, director of compliance, IP, and brand protection, Magpul Industries Corporation; Honorata Hencel, regional director, Poland Boeing Global Services; Kelsie Soneson, director of project management, IHS.
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions created the Women Influencers program to connect women leaders in the manufacturing industry, from the production floor to the C-Suite. Future Women Influencers activities will consist of additional panel discussions, interviews, and more, to deliver unique access to thought leadership and resources to help guide and support the next generation of women leaders.
About Trelleborg Sealing Solutions and Trelleborg Group
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is one of the world’s leading developers, manufacturers and suppliers of precision seals, bearings and custom-molded polymer components. It focuses on meeting the most demanding needs of aerospace, automotive and general industrial customers. Its network extends to over 25 production facilities and more than 50 Customer Solution Centers globally. The business area accelerates the progress of its customers through outstanding local support, an unrivaled product range including patented products and proprietary materials, a portfolio of established brands, unique process offerings, its ServicePLUS value chain solution and ‘Ease of Doing Business’ philosophy.
Trelleborg is a world leader in engineered polymer solutions that seal, damp and protect critical applications in demanding environments. Its innovative solutions accelerate performance for customers in a sustainable way. The Trelleborg Group has annual sales of about SEK 33 billion (EUR 3.13 billion, USD 3.57 billion) and operations in about 50 countries. The Group comprises three business areas: Trelleborg Industrial Solutions, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions and Trelleborg Wheel Systems. The Trelleborg share has been listed on the Stock Exchange since 1964 and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm, Large Cap.
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