Herndon, Va — To help women identify opportunities, recognize obstacles and navigate a career in manufacturing, the Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network (PPWLN), and OpX Leadership Network, have teamed up to deliver a new digital work product: Connect, Share, Inspire: Voices of Women in Packaging and Processing.
“There is so much opportunity for women in the manufacturing and packaging space, yet so many obstacles still to overcome,” says Stephanie Neil, editor-in-chief of OEM magazine. “Whether it’s fighting for pay parity or a promotion, it’s important for women to leverage some basic skillsets that will help them maneuver this male-dominated industry. The collaboration between PPWLN and the OpX Leadership Network is a first step in a larger effort underway to attract more women to this field while giving them the tools to succeed.”
The annual Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) 2022 Salary Survey results, a portion of which is included in the new work product, reveal a continued gender wage gap, pointing out the need to help women succeed in manufacturing careers.
The work product highlights five core skills needed for success: business acumen, negotiation, communication, emotional intelligence and networking. Also included are insights from subject-matter experts and perspectives from five influential women leaders in the industry.
“As a manufacturing professional with more than 20 years of experience, I’ve sometimes felt that I didn’t have control over my career path,” says Lisa Rathburn, vice-president of engineering for T. Marzetti, and executive council member of both the OpX Leadership Network and PPWLN. “I wanted to contribute to this project because I understand how difficult the road can be. Having information and an accessible network of like-minded people can make a big difference in an individual’s overall experience.”