IAPD Women in Plastics Educational Workshop

Friday, February 10, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Sheraton Tampa East
10221 Princess Palm Avenue
Tampa, Florida, USA 33610

Join Women in Plastics for a morning of learning and connecting on Friday, February 10 in Tampa, FL, USA.

This half-day educational workshop will feature:

  • Two speakers
  • Interactive networking activities
  • Lively group discussion
  • An opportunity to meet industry peers and build business relationships
  • Networking Breakfast buffet
  • A copy of keynote speaker Fawn Germer's bestselling book Pearls

As an IAPD member, plastics professional or local student, you are invited to attend this valuable event to learn about three important topics that will help you grow professionally and personally: 

  1. Presentation from bestselling author and acclaimed women's leadership speaker Fawn Germer
  2. The value of networking
  3. Recruitment and retention in today's manufacturing world

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

Women and men are welcome to attend.

Registration Fee:

IAPD Members - $125
Non-members- $175
Students (with valid student ID) - $25


Thursday, February 9 
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.    Optional Reception: Topgolf Tampa 

Friday, February 10 
8:00 a.m.  – 8:30 a.m.
Registration / Breakfast 
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Welcome / Introduction / Video 
8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.   Interactive Networking Activity 
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.    Fawn Germer, “Women's Leadership: Now More Than Ever”
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Break  
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 
Interactive Networking Activity 
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  
Frank Pastor, "Recruitment and Retention in Today's Manufacturing World" 
11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Workshop Wrap Up 

Registration fee for the educational workshop includes breakfast and a copy of Fawn Germer's bestselling book Pearls.

Keynote Speakers


Fawn Germer

Women's Leadership: Now More Than Ever

Fawn Germer Timing is everything, and when Fawn Germer’s Hard Won Wisdom was published, the timing was perfect to launch a new generation of women leaders to move beyond insecurity, take charge, claim turf and bring other women along with them instead of viewing them as competition. Germer’s book topped bestseller lists just as corporations were beginning to focus on women’s leadership. 

Germer has met with the greatest women of our times and asked them what they learned the hard way. This four-time, Pulitzer-nominated investigative reporter interviewed Hillary Clinton and other world leaders including presidents and prime ministers. She’s interviewed business icons, including CEOs Marissa Mayer, Carly Fiorina, Meg Whitman and scores of others. She’s gotten insights from scientists, Nobel Peace Prize winners, politicians, Olympic athletes, Academy Award winners and trailblazers that include Diana Nyad, Jane Goodall, Martina Navratilova, Ann Richards and many others.
From them, she distilled a list of strategies and tactics to propel women forward and show them how to claim their turf, confront (and overpower) their self-esteem issues, ask for help, expect obstacles and persevere regardless of the setbacks and complications.
Among the leadership lessons:

  • You’ll never fly if you don’t jump off the cliff.
  • Don’t let security be your dangerous anchor.
  • Give up on perfection. Excellence is better.
  • One of the biggest mistakes women make is expecting all their hard work to be recognized and rewarded.
  • Men constantly ask for favors, women would rather die. But, don’t ask, don’t get.
  • Bring your authentic self to work. If they can’t handle you, you are working in the wrong place.
  • Why not you? There is no special success DNA.

About Fawn Germer

Fawn Germer is a bestselling Oprah-featured author, speaker and business consultant who is revered for her authenticity and inspiration. She is a four-time, Pulitzer-nominated investigative journalist and the author of eight books, including the Oprah pick, Hard Won Wisdom. Her newest book, Reset, will be published this spring. Reset shows how to reboot your work-life balance to live a more meaningful, productive life without regrets. 

Frank Pastor 

Recruitment and Retention in Today's Manufacturing World

Recruiting and retaining talented women in today’s work environment presents new challenges we need to address with fresh eyes and new understanding. In this session, Frank Pastor, Vice President - Human Resources at Alro Steel Corporation, shares relevant insight based on his years of research and experience in this area. He will share some of the tools and tactics you can use to foster success in organizations looking to balance their work environments. He will also discuss the benefits of adding more diversity to the workforce.


Join your peers for a fun networking reception on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Topgolf Tampa. The reception will include golf and dinner from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Topgolf Tampa. Shuttle transportation will be provided from the hotel to Topgolf.
This is an optional reception for $75 per person and is not included in the registration fee for the educational workshop.

Hotel Info:

Sheraton Tampa East 
10221 Princess Palm Avenue
Tampa, Florida, USA 33610

To receive a special discounted rate of $169 per night, call the reservations line at (866) 716-8134 and mention you are an IAPD Women in Plastics attendee.  The cut-off date for the hotel block is Friday, January 6, 2017.


Thank you to our Elite Workshop Sponsors: 



Thank you to our Contributing Workshop Sponsor: 

Plaskolite, LLC