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Symposium to shine spotlight on women in manufacturing

From staff reports • Feb 24, 2020 at 1:30 PM

KINGSPORT — The 2020 Women in Manufacturing Symposium — A Regional Affair will be held March 6 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center.

The event is open to women who are high school and college students, as well as women working in the manufacturing industry. Information about job and educational opportunities in the Southwest Virginia/Northeast Tennessee region will be available.

The event coincides with Women’s History Month in March and International Women’s Day on March 8. The symposium is a collaborative effort of the region’s community colleges, chambers of commerce, and a nonprofit association of manufacturers to celebrate and recognize women’s contributions, value, and future in manufacturing.

A.J. Jorgenson, vice president of strategic program engagement at the Manufacturing Institute, will deliver the keynote address. Jorgenson develops and executes all strategic operations for the institute’s most significant initiative, STEP Ahead. She also leads industry engagements to increase the number of women in manufacturing, while developing and maintaining a network of more than 800 STEP Ahead alumnae.

Also, a panel comprised of women working in the manufacturing industry will share how their career pathways began in manufacturing, and how their careers have progressed.

The panelists are Lisa Greenway, General Dynamics Mission Systems; Michelle Caveness, Eastman; Jessica Savage, West River Conveyors; and Lindsay Clifton, Domtar.

To close the event, the Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing, Inc. will recognize the 2020 recipient of the Outstanding Woman in Manufacturing Award.

Corporate sponsors for the event are A.O. Smith, Domtar, and Eastman. Education sponsors are Mountain Empire Community College, Southwest Virginia Community College, Virginia Highlands Community College, and Wytheville Community College. Hosts are the Kingsport Chamber, Northeast State Community College, SVAM, and the SVAM Center of Excellence.

Visit https://womeninmanufacturingsymposium.eventbrite.com for more information.

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