Women in Manufacturing and Industry Conference
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Women in Manufacturing and Industry Conference

Like a number of things in today's workforce, there is a misperception that women have no desire to join the ranks of manufacturers. This stems, of course, from hundreds of years of male-dominated industries and historical gender bias that excluded women from key managerial roles or from the higher rungs of the corporate ladder.

The reality of the situation is this: There are about a half-million manufacturing jobs in this country that are currently unfilled because companies cannot find qualified workers to hire. Translation: Women are the key to filling this critical gap.

The Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and co-host Cardone Industries will examine this and other issues on Wednesday, November 15, 8:00 am - 11:00 am at Cardone, 5501 Whitaker Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124 for the inaugural Women in Manufacturing and Industry Conference offering high-level presentations from the region's experts.

"We decided to take a closer look at this issue for a number of reasons, but perhaps the most important was, it's time to reframe perceptions of the traditional American manufacturing industry as backwards and unprogressive, when, in fact, it is not," said Pam Henshall, president of the GNPCC. "Cardone Industries, for example, is a leader in a fresh approach to cultural change. We have other manufacturers as members who are no longer male-dominated. Women as manufacturers are good for business and the bottom line."

Topics will include:
culture - finances - employee support - law - sales - partnerships


Heather Hanowitz
VP of Business Development
Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation
As Vice President of Business Development, Heather Hanowitz develops and manages PIDC's relationships with clients in the manufacturing and industrial sectors, including advanced manufacturers, makers, logistics and distribution businesses and industrial development projects.  Heather works in close partnership with the City and other economic development partners to market Philadelphia as a smart location for business and to attract and retain industrial companies, developers, and investors. 
PIDC is Philadelphia's public-private economic development corporation.  Their mission is to spur investment, support business growth, and foster developments that create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, and drive growth to every corner of Philadelphia.  Armed with flexible financing products, a targeted portfolio of industrial and commercial real estate, and decades of Philadelphia-based knowledge, PIDC provides the resources and expertise to help you invest, develop, and grow.
Prior to joining PIDC, Heather served as the Director of Business Lending for FINANTA, a Community Development Financial Institution offering financing and technical assistance to small businesses in Philadelphia, with a focus on the redevelopment of the American Street Empowerment Zone industrial corridor.  Heather currently serves as Treasurer of the Sustainable Business Network, and is a member of the Commerce Department's Manufacturing Task Force.  She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Spanish from Bryn Mawr College.

Daniel P. McElhatton, Esq
McElhatton and Foley, P.C.
Dan McElhatton is an attorney with the firm McElhatton Foley, PC.  Mr. McElhatton served as a
Philadelphia City Council member from 1992 to 1996.  He is also a longtime member of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (among many organizations) and most recently served as Chair of the Board of Directors. He has previously served as Cahir of the Board of Trustees of Community College of Philadelphia. Dan's practice includes significant experience with employment related matters including handling of age, ADA, ADEA, FMLA cases, He has tried numerous cases to jury verdict and has argued appeals in appellate Court on State and federal levels. In May 2016 he prevailed in a precedent setting case in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Lisa Peskin
Business Development University
Lisa has more than 25 years of experience in sales performance and management. Throughout her career, she has developed an award-winning reputation as a motivational and results-oriented sales professional. After a successful career as Vice President of Sales for Automatic Data Processing (ADP), running a 40 man sales force, Lisa launched her own sales training, consulting and coaching business in 2003.  Since then, Lisa has helped thousands of sales professionals and sales managers increase their sales through training, just in time support and programs designed to maximize opportunities and drive ROI.
Lisa launched Business Development University in 2010 with the goal of helping sales and sales management professionals maximize their performance and potential. Lisa and her team are passionate about making an impact on individuals, teams and companies by helping them fill their sales pipelines with more qualified prospects on a consistent basis, close more business and ultimately exceed sales goals and expectations. In addition, the BDU team helps individuals that are managing and running sales teams to be as effective as possible in developing and motivating their sales associates to ultimately maximize their performance.
Lisa received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA in Marketing from Temple University. Lisa resides in Upper Dublin, PA and is married with two children.

Stacie Runion
Director of Organizational Development
CARDONE Industries
Stacie Runion is Director of Organizational Development for CARDONE Industries, the largest family-owned auto parts remanufacturer in the world. She is responsible for the design and effectiveness of CARDONE's organization. This includes oversight of the company's professional talent acquisition and its learning and development programs for employees. Stacie supports CARDONE's strategic vision by ensuring that the company has the right employees in the right jobs, with the right training at the right time.
For nearly 19 years, Stacie has developed her expertise across a broad variety of Human Resources roles at CARDONE, including HR Services, Benefits Administration, Executive Recruiting and HR Systems. During her career, she has received several honors for her service to the company, including the Frances Cardone Women in Leadership Award.
Stacie is a graduate of Wheaton College, with a degree in Communications. She has also completed her Talent Management Certification through the Institute for Organizational Development and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Stacie and her husband Andrew have two children, and they are actively involved in their church. Stacie has been an active member of Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) and Generation Rescue, two organizations that provide parent-to-parent assistance for families of children with autism.

Taba Wilcox, MS, SHRM-CP
Executive Director
Sustainable Business Network of Philadelphia
Taba Wilcox is a New Jersey native who has adopted Philadelphia as her home for over 10 years. She is committed to making a positive impact in today's ever-changing world, and she currently works as talent manager in the Human Resources department at Cancer Treatment Centers of America┬« (CTCA) at Eastern Regional Medical Center.  Ms. Wilcox has widespread experience in all facets of human resources, specifically in employee relations, strategic planning and employee engagement; helping to provide sound advice and counsel to ensure a positive work culture for all employees.
Ms. Wilcox holds a Master of Science in Human Resources Development from Drexel University.  She also received her undergraduate degree from Drexel University where she majored in Communications.  Ms. Wilcox is an active volunteer for many community groups and charities, and is passionate about mentoring the local youth. Among the many individuals she considers to be role models, she most admires Oprah Winfrey.
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Great Networking, Excellent Presenters, Amazing Event 

Wednesday, 11/15
8:00 am - 11:00 am

CARDONE Industries
5501 Whitaker Ave
Philadelphia, PA 

$35 - GNPCC Members/Invited Guests
$45 - Non-Members

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For more information call 215.332.3400 or
Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce 
215.332.3400 | |
8025 Roosevelt Boulevard, Suite 200, Philadelphia, PA 19152