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Influential Women In Manufacturing Earn Recognition

May 16, 2018
New awards honor achievements by those in manufacturing
Putman Media's Influential Women in Manufacturing – 2018
  1. Eleni Antoniadou, clinical trial scientist, UCL
  2. Jolene Baker, SMART plant leader, Ciner Resources
  3. Marie-Pierre Belanger, VP of digital solutions for the industrial internet, Pitney Bowes
  4. Mary Bunzel, general manager for manufacturing solutions, Intel
  5. Lisa Caton LaBean, business manufacturing and technology center director, Dow Chemical
  6. Nancy Corriveau, director of operations, Blentech Corp.
  7. Kelly Finch, director of technology, OATKA Milk
  8. Linda Freeman, business development manager, Rockwell Automation
  9. Andrea Funk, CEO, Cambridge-Lee Industries
  10. Marie Getsug, program manager for the asset management group, Jacobs Engineering Group
  11. Peggy Gulick, director of digital transformation for global manufacturing, AGCO
  12. Rebecca Holland New, executive vice president for global business management, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  13. Rachelle Howard, senior process control engineer, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  14. Jan Lindsey, supervisor of validation, Children's GMP
  15. Anne Lucietto, assistant professor, Purdue Polytechnic Institute's School of Engineering Technology
  16. Brianne Murphy, marketing and media specialist, Longterm Technology Services
  17. Carol Ptak, partner, Demand Driven Institute
  18. Miranda Shope, VP of operations, Avid Solutions
  19. Elizabeth Taylor, continuous improvement manager, Eastern Oil Co.
  20. Dona Tseng, senior principal engineer, Shire PLC
  21. Lisa Webb, VP of operations, Gorton's Seafood
  22. Rendela Wenzel, global maintenance and reliability leader, Eli Lilly and Co.
I’ve been covering the manufacturing industry for more than 20 years. During my tenure, I’ve met many influential women who’ve made a name for themselves in their roles on the plant floor and in management positions. When I come across press releases focusing on women in the chemical industry, I make sure to give them coverage. Indeed, over the last several years, we’ve written about several women who are busting glass ceilings and pushing the limits of innovation. You can read all of our coverage via our Women in the Chemical Industry page.

So, when my colleagues at Putman Media (Chemical Processing’s publishing parent) launched a recognition program, Influential Women in Manufacturing, I jumped on board to be part of the judging committee.

The goal of the program is to help shine a light on the importance of careers in science, technology, engineering and math — and to recognize that women play a vital role in industrial organizations. Hopefully, it will help spur more women to consider careers in manufacturing.

All of Putman Media's titles —Chemical Processing, Control, Control Design, Food Processing, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Plant Services, and Smart Industry— accepted nominations of women leading the charge for industrial innovation and manufacturing leadership in 2018.

We encouraged nominations of women at all levels of manufacturing organizations, from the plant floor to the C-suite, because we wanted to highlight the multitude of ways in which women are effecting change in the manufacturing and industrial production sectors.

We set out looking for women who are accomplished manufacturing professionals who have "moved the needle" within their organization or led industrial advancement through their participation in trade groups. We encouraged peers and business associates to submit nominations, and accepted self-nominations as well.

For our inaugural year, we had quite the turnout. We received nearly 100 nominations from women with varying titles across many industries. For the chemical industry, four extraordinary women stood out to the panel of judges: Lisa Caton LaBean, business manufacturing and technology center director, Dow Chemical; Rachelle Howard, senior process control engineer, Vertex Pharmaceuticals; Elizabeth Taylor, continuous improvement manager, Eastern Oil Co.; and Rendela Wenzel, global maintenance and reliability leader, Eli Lilly and Co.

In total, we named 22 women to this first class of Putman Media’s Influential Women in Manufacturing (see sidebar). This summer we’ll be featuring all final honorees in a dedicated Influential Women in Manufacturing eBook, which will be available to the public via a free download.

Additionally, I will interview each of the four women in our industry for chemicalprocessing.com. These profiles, of course, will appear on the Women in the Chemical Industry page and I certainly will sing their praises via social media. We’re excited to introduce the 2018 roster of Influential Women in Manufacturing, and if you consider yourself an influencer or know someone who is, please consider making a nomination for next year’s class. Until then, keep me apprised of your accomplishments so I can write about them and inspire others to follow in your footsteps. You can email me at [email protected].

Here's to the future of women in the chemical industry.

Traci Purdum is Chemical Processing's senior digital editor. You can email her at [email protected].

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