Countdown is on to the Fifth Annual Women in Manufacturing SUMMIT

Top Industry Leaders Slated to Speak to Hundreds of Attendees

CLEVELAND–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With just a couple weeks to go until the fifth annual Women in
Manufacturing (WiM) SUMMIT, final preparations are being made for the
two-day event in Minneapolis, MN. Hundreds of women professionals in the
manufacturing industry are expected to attend the event for educational
and professional development sessions as well as plant tours, innovation
demonstrations and networking sessions.

This year’s WiM SUMMIT will feature a wide range of speakers from
industry-leading companies and top women’s empowerment organizations.

Meredith Walker, co-founder and executive director of Amy Poehler’s
Smart Girls and a speaker for WiM SUMMIT 2015 said, “Smart Girls is all
about providing an inclusive, safe place for our community to learn more
about themselves and each other. I’m delighted to be speaking at this
event which knows the importance of a supportive community. At Smart
Girls, we know that being curious about each other, and listening to
each other makes our lives richer.”

As many as 300 women from all around the country and a wide variety of
industries are expected to attend this year’s event.

“The WiM SUMMIT is an opportunity for talented women in manufacturing
companies to share insights and ideas both for growth as professionals
and growth as an industry,” said Dr. Cynthia Arnold, senior vice
president and chief technology officer at Valspar Corporation and a
speaker at this year’s WiM SUMMIT. “I will be speaking on ‘Leading an
Innovative Organization’, which will explore how traditional
manufacturing companies can develop innovative approaches, teams and

Registration for WiM SUMMIT 2015 is still open on the WiM
and plant tour selection is part of the SUMMIT registration.

Krista Brookman, vice president of Catalyst and a WiM SUMMIT 2015
speaker said, “I am pleased to be a part of WiM SUMMIT 2015. WiM and
Catalyst share a mission of ensuring fair and equal opportunities for
women and men. Both of our organizations strive for a diversified and
inclusive workplace because we know that when women succeed, industry
succeeds too.”

A full agenda for the WiM SUMMIT is available on the WiM

“Events like WiM’s annual SUMMIT are especially important in an industry
in which technology is changing so rapidly,” said Pamela Wiseman, senior
director of supply planning for Medtronic and a WiM SUMMIT 2015 speaker.
“At events like this, there are great opportunities to forge valuable
new relationships. Together we can help meet evolving customer needs and
work to solve global challenges. New solutions are often born out of
collaborative discussions and sharing ideas with new colleagues.”

The conference will include a number of other speakers who will offer
keynote remarks and lead workshops or panel discussions. A full list of
speakers is available on the WiM website.

Keep up with the latest information on SUMMIT 2015 on social media by
following WiM on Twitter – @WomeninMfg, #WiMSUMMIT.

For questions about the SUMMIT 2015, contact Kristin Moore at
216-503-5700 or


Women in Manufacturing (WiM)
Caitlin Andrews, 202-828-7637