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Women Paint New Level of Influence

Thursday, January 17, 2013

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SAN ANTONIO—The third time around proved a charm, and a watershed, this week for women in the paint and coatings industry, as the Women's Café Round Table convened as part of the President's Lecture Series at SSPC 2013.

The event, held Wednesday (Jan. 16) at the conference in San Antonio, TX, did not even exist three years ago. But it clearly struck a chord throughout the industry and has grown to a signature session under the leadership of Joyce Wright, of Newport News Shipbuilding.

For two hours Wednesday, more than 20 women and two men tackled a variety of topics, including effective communication and how to balance life and work.

Women in Coatings
Photos: Jodi Temyer / Technology Publishing Company

Moderators led discussion of four topics at SSPC's Women's Café Round Table.

Industry veterans wryly noted the changing times.

"SSPC feels like your family. And I'm glad to see we have more women than you can count on your fingers and toes," said Lydia Frenzel, Ph.D., a pioneer in the waterjetting industry and a 2013 recipient of SSPC's Technical Achievement Award. Frenzel also won the award in 1996.

"I remember when the ladies' room was a place you could hide," said Karen Kapsanis, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Protective Coatings and Linings, recalling the scarcity of women at earlier conferences.

The Conversation

The session consisted of four moderators and four topics. Participants tackled 15-minute discussions of each of the following topics:

  • How to communicate effectively (which men and women do differently);
  • How to ask for what you want (often the opposite of what women have been taught);
  • How to step up to difficult people and issues (sometimes hard for women who are naturally nurturing); and
  • How to balance work and home (and try not to be Superwoman) and get results.

Shaping Future Achievements

The SSPC Women's Forum,  a new LinkedIn group aligned with the SSPC Women's Round Table Workshop, aims to further conversations about expanding the roles of women, professional achievement, and future steps.

Women in coatings

The women hope to further conversation about their roles and professional acheivements within the coatings industry.

Also being developed is a new award for 2014 to honor an outstanding woman or man who has shown leadership and a desire to advance the coatings industry. Detailed criteria are currently being discussed, and any suggestions are welcome, organizers said.

For more information on the Round Table or the award, contact Joyce Wright at joyce.wright@hii-ns.com or Cynthia O'Malley at comalley@kta.com.

   

Tagged categories: Business matters; Conferences; SSPC 2013

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