IAPD Women in Plastics Educational Workshop

Thursday, June 13, 2019 
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Crowne Plaza Chicago West Loop
25 Halsted Street
Chicago, IL, 60661, USA

Women and men are welcome to attend.



Join Women in Plastics for a day of learning and connecting on Thursday, June 13
in Chicago, IL.

This educational workshop will feature:

  • Interactive workshop on diversity and inclusion and generational differences in the workplace
  • Collaborative networking activities
  • Lively group discussion
  • An opportunity to meet industry peers and build business relationships
  • Networking breakfast and lunch

This educational offering is intended to help foster facilitated networking and the chance to connect with attendees on a deeper level. 


Registration Fees:

IAPD Members - US$199
Non-members - US$249
Students (with valid student ID) - US$25
Welcome Reception Only - US$25

Online registration is now closed. Please call Mollie Kiliany at IAPD to register for this event. (913) 345-1005.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception at Vycom 

Thursday, June 13, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Registration / Networking Breakfast 
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Welcome / Ice Breaker
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Shirley Engelmeier: Diversity & Inclusion Workshop
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Ice Breaker
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Industry Speaker: Scott Van Winter
2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.  Break
2:50 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.   Ice Breaker
3:10 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Industry Speaker: Jennifer Mackey

Keynote Speakers

Shirley Engelmeier 
InclusionINC CEO & Founder
Diversity & Inclusion Workshop

At no time in American history have so many different generations with such diverse world views and work philosophies been in the workforce as they are today. Given these differences, unique characteristics and perspectives can create communication breakdowns among your staff. Bridging the divide will create a more productive and inclusive work environment, making your business more profitable.

Shirley Engelmeier’s interactive workshop will cover two vital realities of today’s workplace: diversity and inclusion and generational differences. The engagement and empowerment of an increasingly diverse talent pool is imperative for the future success of your business. Inclusion impacts the bottom line through increased employee engagement, productivity, innovation and retention. 

Inclusion is a Business Strategy
Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to distinguish between inclusion and diversity
  • Enhance awareness of behaviors that lead to an inclusive exclusive environment
  • Define engagement, productivity and innovation
  • Explore the financial impact of exclusion on engagement, productivity, innovation and retention
Four Generations in the Workplace
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the generations in the workplace
  • Explore generational characteristics and values
  • Understand communication and feedback within generations
  • Learn communication models to help bridge the divide
After this workshop, you will leave with a better understanding of today’s unique work environment, how to best manage the diversity of the workforce, tools to effectively communicate across the generations and how to embrace inclusion to increase your company’s bottom line.

About Shirley Engelmeier
For over two decades, Shirley has advised Fortune 500 companies on creating inclusive, high performance leaders and enterprises. Prior to founding InclusionINC, Engelmeier held senior management positions in global consumer product organizations Brown & Williamson and Frito-Lay. She is one of the leading pioneers around workplace initiatives that improve business results through employee engagement and inclusion. She frequently works with executive teams to create their strategy for inclusion and diversity initiatives.


Scott Van Winter
President, Scranton Products/ Vycom at the AZEK Company

As the president of Scranton Products/Vycom at the AZEK Company, Scott Van Winter provides the long-term strategic vision and tactical leadership throughout the organization. He began his performance plastics career in 2004 with Toray Plastics (America), Inc. where he started as the director of sales and marketing and served as a general manager before assuming his current role with The AZEK Company.

Scott has a passion for the sustainably of performance plastics and currently serves as the IAPD Board of Directors sponsor for the IAPD Environmental Committee. Join him during the educational workshop as he dives into the environmental advantages of performance plastics to the public, how sustainability leads to improved profitability and why it will help recruit the next generation of the workforce within our industry.


Jennifer Mackey
Marketing and Sustainability Manager, Spartech LLC

Jennifer Mackey has spent over 10 years with plastics converter Spartech, and currently works as a marketing and sustainability manager.  Jennifer promotes the benefits of durable, performance plastics materials as well as plastic packaging that protects food, consumer goods and medical devices.  She finds that when plastics materials are thoughtfully designed for applications and used responsibly by consumers, they are a sustainable choice that add value to all our lives. 

Jennifer holds a PhD from Penn State with a dissertation on the topic of international corporate social responsibility and an MBA in finance from University of Stirling-United Kingdom.  She serves on the board of the Missouri Recycling Association and the environmental committee of the International Association of Plastics Distributors.  

Hotel Info

Crowne Plaza Chicago West Loop
25 Halsted Street
Chicago, IL, 60661, USA
(312) 829-5000

IAPD attendees will receive a special discounted rate of $239 per night. To make a reservation, click below or call the reservations line at (312) 829-5000 and mention you are an IAPD Women in Plastics attendee.  The cut-off date for the hotel block is Monday, May 20, 2019.

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Sponsorship Information

Sponsoring Women in Plastics Education Workshops places your company at the forefront of IAPD’s fastest growing events. The audience is comprised of men and women from the C-suite to operations and administration.

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