IAPD Women in Plastics Educational Workshop

Thursday, November 3, 2022  •  8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh University-Oakland
329 Technology Drive  •  Pittsburgh, PA, 15219 USA

Everyone is welcome to attend.

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Join Women in Plastics for a morning of learning and connecting on Thursday, November 3 in Pittsburgh, PA.

This educational workshop will feature:
  • Keynote speaker and performance plastics industry speaker
  • 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. 

Registration Fee:
IAPD Members – $289
Non-members – $389



11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Women in Plastics Committee Meeting at Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh University-Oakland

1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Volunteer Opportunity at Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh

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Mentorship and Retention

Presented by Ayanna Kelly

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There are many issues leaders are concerned with after the Great Resignation and Great Racial Awakening and their impacts on the workplace. Many leaders are concerned key organizational roles go vacant, employees are disengaged, and everyone is combating burnout. So, what do we do with this? Go back to the basics. Mentorship is one of the most effective ways to contribute to company culture and impact retention rates.
If mentorship is so effective, why aren’t people more engaged in mentorship relationships?
This Mentorship and Retention session will aim to dispel the challenges associated with creating mentorship programs. It’ll also highlight the positive impacts and ROI that can be achieved. The session will explore Ayanna Kelly’s experience of lacking effective mentorship even when other benefits have been what historically are the primary reasons for retention. 
Attendees will learn the following:

  • Importance of mentorship in the workplace
  • How mentorship is directly related to retention
  • Impacts of mentorship programs on company culture and retention
About Ayanna Kelly
Ayanna Kelly (she/her/ella) is a proud Afro-Latina residing in the DMV area with her family where she earned her masters degree in Human Resource Management after serving 8 years in the military. Kelly is an advocate for DEIBA and mental well-being for people in the workplace. She uses her lived experiences as an Afro-Latina, mother, and disabled veteran to breathe life into her HR, DEIBA, and advocacy work. She teaches organizations how to create psychologically safe workplaces that foster belonging.

Industry Speaker

To Grow Yourself, You Must Know Yourself
Presented by Bernie Willms, Mitsubishi Chemical Group – Engineered Shapes & Solutions

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In this session you will discover how to become an actively engaged employee producing extraordinary results in a culture ready organization.
From attending this session, you will:

  • Find out more about what your passion is and how to match that to the best fit in your workplace
  • Hear examples from an industry leader’s inspiring career
  • Learn how to make your company agile and ready for the digital transformation in the workplace
About Bernie Willms
Bernie Willms is the President & General Manager of Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials. In the early days of his career, he worked in a variety of industries, including textile and automotive parts manufacturing, and eventually found his home at Polypenco Canada, a division of what is now Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation.

He has served on the IAPD Board of Directors, the Scholarship Committee as both member and Chair, the Industry Research Committee, the Manufacturers’ Council, the Nominating Committee and as an active participant in the Canadian Common Interest Group.
Today, Bernie is at the helm of Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials, where he demonstrates his deep commitment to enriching the lives of his colleagues and their families through the founding principles of KAITEKI.



Hotel Info

Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh is now sold out. Please see the list of nearby hotel options:

Hyatt House Pittsburgh South Side (0.6 miles from Hotel Indigo)
2795 South Water Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

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Springhill Suites by Marriott Pittsburgh Southside Works (0.5 miles from Hotel Indigo)
2950 South Water St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

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Kasa South Side Pittsburgh (0.7 miles from Hotel Indigo)

2626 South Tunnel Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

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