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Women And Manufacturing Podcast

Where accomplished women empower accomplished women.

Frances Brunelle, Host

Enhancing Manufacturing Productivity through Software with Deb Geiger

Today on the Women and Manufacturing Podcast, we talk about how the right software systems can greatly improve productivity. We are joined by Deb Geiger, the VP of global marketing at Aegis Software. Today Deb introduces us to the truly unique and highly adaptive manufacturing operations management platform that Aegis supplies. Listening in, you’ll hear how this software differs from an ERP system, the types of data their ontological data system produces, and how it contextualizes data in a meaningful way.

Enterprise Software for Project-Based Businesses with Shina Neo

Today on the WAM podcast, Fran welcomes Shina Neo, the editorial director and media relations specialist at Adeaca.  At Adeaca Shina works with Project-based businesses that have unique challenges that are very different from traditional service industries. While many project businesses use traditional ERP systems, they don’t really work for them because they are not built with projects in mind.

Unpacking the Loan Process with SBA Lender-Turned-Expert, Michelle Orr

Today on the WAM podcast, Fran welcomes Michelle Orr of Live Oak Bank, the number one SBA lender in the nation for the past three years in a row and a great option for financing M&A deals. Hear about what you can expect when applying for an SBA loan, what funds you should have beyond a down payment before applying, and how you can prepare for the due diligence process. Given that this is such a good time to acquire, make sure to tune in today!

The Future of Robotics: Autonomous Solutions with Maggie Oltarzewski of Balyo

Today on the WAM podcast, Fran welcomes Maggie Oltarzewski, the Sales and Marketing Engineer for Balyo AGV Systems. Balyo is a company doing some truly incredible things in the tech industry. Maggie talks about the partnerships that they’ve established for the manufacturing of their robots, as well as the autonomous transformation that’s currently going on and how it’s allowing companies to scale at a faster rate. Tune in today to hear her incredible story!

Being a Leader in Automation with Daniela Dubois

Today’s WAM podcast guest Daniela Dubois is a Product Manager at Engineering Intent — the world’s leading provider of enterprise and engineering automation tools and solutions, and the developer of Knowledge Bridge. With more than 14 years of experience in engineering automation development, product and project management, and strategic planning of automation development, Daniela brings a fresh perspective to the manufacturing and engineering fields.

Building a Thriving Community with Kathryn Kelley

When the COVID-19 pandemic overtook our “normal” way of life, it also greatly impacted the manufacturing industry. Today’s WAM podcast guest, Kathryn Kelley, is the Executive Director of Ohio Manufacturing Institute. In this episode, Kathryn dives into the biggest challenges the manufacturing workforce faced as a direct result of the pandemic — from the upfront health and safety concerns to the struggles of finding skilled workforce and sourcing products that faced supply chain shortages.

Empowering Employees and Developing Sustainable Growth with Sheryl Corrigan

In today’s episode, Frances Brunelle speaks with Sheryl Corrigan, the Director of Environmental Health and Safety at Koch Industries, about what sets their company apart from other companies of its size. Sheryl explains how Koch’s founding principles of experimentation and entrepreneurship continue to guide the company in pursuing disruptive technologies as well as the competitive advantage that comes with manufacturing. They also discuss how disruption can be a disaster, additive manufacturing, and why Sheryl prefers to do business with private companies. For all this and more, join us today!

How Software Solutions Can Benefit Your Manufacturing Company with Tracy Coon

Tracy Coon joins us on the show today to explain how Blue Ridge, her software company, helps manufacturing companies optimize their processes, understand and utilize their data, and manage multiple locations. Tracy also talks us through one of her favorite real-world examples of how the Blue Ridge systems improved the processes of a particular company and the positive changes that the company saw as a result. If you think your company’s processes need a revamp, you have come to the right place! Accelerated Logo

Rebooting and Locking Down Company Culture with Karen Norheim

Today’s guest is Karen Norheim, who is the President of American Crane, an Equipment Corporation, with three locations in Pennsylvania, totaling over a quarter of a million square feet. She is a second-generation leader in the company and, during her tenure, she has sought to solidify the founder’s legacy, while also putting her own stamp on the company culture. In this episode, you hear from her who American Crane is, and she shares her opinion on the importance of solidifying company culture, why you need to put emphasis on having a happy and empowered workforce, and how that has changed over time.

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