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Using Your Unique Skillset to Excel at Project Management with Daisie Hobson

The role of a project manager in any kind of business is absolutely essential. Today’s guest, Daisie Hobson, is a structural and process engineering but, unlike most engineers, she is a huge people person. She has found a niche for herself working as an independent consultant in a customer support role with new products as a project manager. On today’s episode, she tells us how she entered into the field of project management while working in the Peace Corps in Mexico.

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American Manufacturing, Entrepreneurship and Sand Scarcity with Cynthia Andela

In today’s episode of the Women and Manufacturing Podcast, host Rosemary Coates speaks with Cynthia Andela, an engineer, entrepreneur, and founder of two companies Andela Products and Ruby Lake Glass. In our conversation, we talk with Cynthia about striking out on her own to become an entrepreneur and leaving the comfort of her corporate career. We discuss Cynthia’s companies and how she was able to find a specific niche in glass recycling and processing.

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Drones, Composites, and Leadership – A Conversation with Dr. Tulinda Larsen

After working as an economist in the aerospace industry for 40+ years, Dr. Tulinda Deegan Larsen transitioned to a startup that helped commercial airlines improve on their time performance through use of a cloud database. From there, she was recruited to join her current company, Utah Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI), where she sits as Executive Director.

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Connection, Flexibility, and Software with Stephanie Richelieu Stagger

In today’s episode, we speak with Stephanie Richelieu Stagger, Chief Revenue Officer for 3Gtms. Stephanie shares how her international upbringing and global experience have aided her career in supply chain management. In our discussion, we talk about how she fell in love with software and supply chain management, why her work is never boring, and how the pandemic has informed the public’s understanding of supply chains.

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Going About Finding Funding the Smart Way with Christine Howard

The world of startup funding is an exciting and sometimes overwhelming arena to enter. Here on the WAM podcast today, Rosemary Coates interviews Christine Howard, who is the founder and CEO of E.B. Howard Consulting as well as! In her work, Christine helps startups find and apply for non-dilutive funding and she gives a helpful explanation of dilutive funding, how it works, and why they steer away from it.

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Enhancing Gender Equality in the Workplace with Tanushree Ghosh

Our guest on today’s show is a woman in manufacturing with a PhD in material science and a passion for gender related issues, so much so that she has written two books on the subject. Tanushree moved to the United States to study because she wanted to have freedom of choice that she didn’t feel she had as a woman in her home country, India. She ended up in the manufacturing world completely by accident but she is very glad that she did, for reasons that she shares with us today.

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Sales Negotiation and Consulting with Carrie Welles

In the world of negotiators, people either seem to think they are really good at it or that they stink, but there doesn’t seem to be a middle ground. Some people stick to instinct and luck when it comes to business negotiations, but our guest today works with well thought-out strategies, important concepts, and an organized blueprint. Carrie Welles is a Partner at Think! Inc., a negotiation training and consulting firm.

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Manufacturing Professional, Plus-Size Clothing with Danielle Malconian of Vikki Vi

Too many women blame themselves for the scarcity of well-made, professional, plus-size clothing, but today’s guest is on a mission to help women feel better about themselves (and help them look fabulous in the process)! In today’s episode, Rosemary Coates interviews Danielle Malconian, President and CEO of Plus by Design and the brand, Vikki Vi.

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Bridging the Gap Between Policy Makers and Manufacturers with Rachel Jones

In today’s episode, host Rosemary Coates welcomes Rachel Jones, who is the Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers, or what we call the NAM. She oversees the NAM’s energy and environmental policy and she has expertise on issues ranging from energy production and use to air and water quality, climate change, energy efficiency, and environmental regulations. Rachel is also an attorney and has been council to the U.S. House of Representatives, and is a key voice for manufacturing on Capitol Hill, at federal agencies, and across all forms of media.

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Putting the “Pro” in Procurement with Mary Ann Brennan of 9thWonder

From marketing to real estate, procurement officers need to be jacks-of-all-trades, saddled with the huge responsibility of dealing with the many third-parties needed to run an organization. Today, host Rosemary Coates interviews the COO of 9thWonder, Mary Ann Brennan, about why procurement is so vital to modern companies.

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Education for Supply Chain and Global Manufacturing with Cindy Mebruer

A lot of people, to this day, are only now learning about what supply chain is because of toilet paper. The pandemic has opened up opportunities for supply chain educators, as people are becoming aware of professions in supply chain. However, there is still a lack of education in various spaces such as in grade schools! Today on the Women and Manufacturing podcast we welcome Cindy Mebruer, Director of the Center for Supply Chain Excellence at Saint Louis University. Cindy is well-known throughout the US for running an outstanding supply chain center that supplies both the university and the community of greater Saint Louis. In this episode, we will be discussing an important topic — education for people who are learning about or entering into the profession of supply chain and greater global manufacturing. So stay tuned to find out more!

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Shaping Successful Global Trade Compliance with Beth Pride of BPE Global

Today on the WAM podcast, host Rosemary Coates interview Beth Pride, the founder and president of BPE Global, a woman-run and led consulting and training firm that facilitates global trade and strategy. Bringing years of valuable and hard-won experience to the table, Beth speaks about how she unexpectedly grew into loving global trade compliance. Beginning initially truck driving, and then through her time at Hewlett Packard, and then transitioning into a small software firm. she discusses the importance of diversifying your experience and learning the ins-and-outs of a business to gain a full, overall understanding of what makes a successful business.

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Addressing Global Supply Chain Risk Through Software Solutions with Bindiya Vakil

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed just how interconnected, yet fragile the global supply chain truly is. One company, Resilinc, has been addressing risk in the global supply chain through a clear vision and innovative software, and its CEO Bindiya Vakil, joins us today. Having come from the world of sourcing and procurement in high-tech, Bindiya felt the industry was very reactive and always at the mercy of suppliers and events. In this episode, we learn more about what Resilinc is doing to increase visibility and understand supply chain interdependencies.

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Who is Winning the Tech Race? With Rebecca Fannin, Founder of Silicon Dragon Ventures

Relations between the US and China are at a low-point right now, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic among other things, but how is that affecting global innovation? Today’s guest on the WAM podcast is an innovation expert, author, public speaker, and media entrepreneur, Rebecca Fannin, who is the founder and leader of Silicon Dragon Ventures.

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Medical Device Contract Manufacturing with Noreen King

This week, host Rosemary Coates welcomes Noreen King of Evolve Manufacturing Technologies to the WAM podcast. Contract manufacturing is different from other types of manufacturing in that products are designed elsewhere, and then the contract manufacturers get the blueprints to assemble the goods. They have to source the parts and work with various partners to ensure compliance. Manufacturing medical devices is an even more stringent manufacturing process, and Noreen King, Evolve’s CEO is here to talk with us today on this topic.

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Why The Key to Innovation is Failure with Kimberly Wiefling

Today on The WAM Podcast, host Rosemary Coates welcomes Kimberly Wiefling of Wiefling Consulting. Kimberly is known throughout Silicon Valley as the Guru of Innovation. She is a physicist by training, a techno-nerd, and an extraordinary networker and today, we discover how she has come to be one of the most respected business owners by her manufacturing clients worldwide. We can all agree that innovation and creativity are essential to the evolution of any business. But what type of mindset and environment fosters innovation and creativity most effectively?

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How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes with Sarah Rathke

In this episode, host Rosemary Coates discusses supply chains and the law along with our guest, Sarah Rathke. Sarah is a Partner at the international law firm of Squire Patton Boggs and coauthor, along with Rosemary, of the book Legal Blacksmith: How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes. Sarah possesses some really outstanding legal skills along with an in-depth and unique understanding of supply chain issues, which is very rare in attorneys.

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Being a Woman in a Man’s World with Colleen Gray, President and CEO of Consensus Orthopedics

Today on the WAM podcast, we welcome Colleen Gray, president, and CEO of Consensus Orthopedics Inc. Colleen started her career in accounting, but never quite felt at home. She then gravitated to cost accounting because she felt it really gave her an inside view of manufacturing. Her career trajectory has led her on an incredible path, starting out in high tech companies in Arizona and then relocating to California, still remaining in the high tech sphere. Colleen is also the co-founder of one of the first cloud-based storage companies, called Storage Way.

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