IAPD Women in Plastics Educational Workshop

Thursday, March 7, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria
2222 West Loop South
Houston, TX, 77027, USA

Women and men are welcome to attend.

Join Women in Plastics for a day of learning and connecting on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

This educational workshop will feature:

  • Keynote speaker on developing your leadership brand
  • Interactive 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. 


Online registration has now closed. Please call Whitney Nelson at IAPD at (913) 345-1005 to register for this event.

Registration Fees:

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


Wednesday, March 6, 2019
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception at The Tasting Room 

Thursday, March 7, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Registration / Networking Breakfast 
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Opening Remarks
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Ice Breaker
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Industry Speaker: Mark Kramer 
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Networking Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Sara Canaday
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.    Ice Breaker/ Break
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Industry Speaker: Cinthia Snell
 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Keynote Speakers

Sara Canaday
Your Leadership Brand: Evaluate Your Impact, Communicate Your Value

Your brand is the synthesis of several key components - including visuals, messaging, demeanor, interpersonal skills and more. When these pieces come together, they create the whole picture that the rest of the world recognizes as You. Whether you are moving up the corporate ladder, making your value known in your current role or looking to expand your impact, boosting your brand is the key to remaining viable and competitive.  

In this session learn how to develop your brand attributes, strengthen your influence and demonstrate your value.

Session Overview

As professionals, we spend time, energy and resources finding new ways to be more successful. We read industry news to stay current. We network, take classes and workshops, build our contact lists and keep pace with technology. We strive to gain a competitive edge, make that sale or win that promotion. We do whatever it takes to make our own personal stock rise in value. 

Or do we?

Here’s the disconnect:  The leadership factors that pay the most dividends are the same ones that are most often overlooked or disregarded. They are the intangible factors that allow us to showcase our hard-earned business skills, present ourselves effectively and engage others with confidence and grace.    

Unfortunately, if you're like most, you don't spend much time working on these non-cognitive factors – even though your colleagues, clients and direct reports spend most of their time evaluating them. 

During Sara Canaday’s lively presentation, she will guide attendees through a process to begin strategically enhancing their brand value, improving their impact on others and setting the stage for a whole new level of professional success.


Mark Kramer
Future-Proof Your Leadership Skills

Hear industry visionary Mark Kramer speak on industry trends, the challenges emerging leaders will face and what leadership skills you will need to successfully manage these challenges. You'll leave this session with tangible actions and habits that you can use to fine-tune your leadership traits so you can prepare for your success.

About Mark Kramer

Mark W. Kramer retired as president and CEO of North American Plastics in 2018 after nearly 20 years with the company. Today his continues his involvement in the performance plastics industry and is actively involved in recruitment for North American Plastics. He joined Laird Plastics in September 2002, following a 20-year career in chemical distribution. Prior to the chemical distribution industry, Kramer served on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1976-1983. During that period, he transitioned from infantry to attend law school and became a Judge Advocate. Following 30 years of service in the Marine Reserves, he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel on March 1, 2005. Kramer is a graduate of Bucknell University and Washington University, St. Louis, Law School. 

Hotel Info

Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria
2222 West Loop South
Houston, TX, 77027, USA
(713) 627-7600

IAPD attendees will receive a special discounted rate of $179 per night. CLICK HERE to make a reservation or call the reservations line at (713) 627-7600 and mention you are an IAPD Women in Plastics attendee. The cut-off date for the hotel block is Monday, February 11, 2019.

Thank You to Our Sponsors:

World Class Sponsor

Exclusive Reception Sponsor

Elite Sponsors

Breakfast Sponsor

Lunch Sponsor

Sponsorship Information

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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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