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MFG Day Celebration

Join WiM Virginia and AdvanSix as we celebrate National MFG Day and the importance that women play in the competitiveness of manufacturing in the Commonwealth.

Friday, October 7th | 5pm – 7pm
Holy Mackerel, 700 Jordan Point Road
Hopewell, VA 23860

Join us to celebrate WiM National Hall of Fame Inductee, Dorene Billingsley (retired, AdvanSix) and all the women who make monumental contributions to manufacturing in Virginia.   This event is open to all VMA and Women in Manufacturing members at no cost, but you must RSVP to attend. Please register by Tuesday, October 4th. 







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VMA 100th Anniversary Gala Celebration

Friday, November 18, 2022 | 6:00pm  – 11:30pm
The Williamsburg Lodge

In 2022, the VMA celebrates 100 years! Our Centennial Anniversary Gala Celebration will be at the beautiful Williamsburg Lodge on November 18 and include a cocktail reception, plated dinner, anniversary dessert, and program to mark this historic milestone. Since the very first meeting of our founding members on March 10, 1922, VMA has been the only statewide association in Virginia exclusively dedicated to manufactures and their allies. Our Gala event will be dedicated to celebrating our past and looking to the future as we lead our industry into tomorrow.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception and “Made in Virginia” Showcase from 6pm-7pm.  Dinner will follow at 7pm to include guest speakers, a look-back video celebrating our great history, and reflections from honored guests.  The fun doesn’t stop after the program is over.  Guests can experience the fun and excitement of playing in a real casino, but instead of going to Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo comes to them.   Plan to stay the night and enjoy a full evening of celebration.  There is a room block at the Williamsburg Lodge so guest can stay at a reduced rate.  The dress for Gala is formal or black-tie optional.

Tickets: $150.00 per person

Register Here


Thanks to our Sponsors



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WIM-Virginia Leadership Conference – Day of Empowerment

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 | 9am – 3pm | Virtual

Join the VMA and WiM Virginia Chapter as we focus on the importance that women play in keeping manufacturing competitive in Virginia.

This year’s virtual conference will include professional development sessions, roundtable discussions on important topics, and inspiring keynotes. We will also recognize STEP Ahead and Emerging Leader Award nominees from Virginia, 2022 WiM Hall of Fame inductees, and announce the WiM Virginia Woman of the Year. Join us for a day devoted to celebrating women in manufacturing who exemplify leadership within their companies. This day is about recognizing the widespread impact women have on shaping the industry, whether they are running the company, designing the next big product, or testing innovations that help make Virginia more competitive.


Program Schedule

Katy Struck

9am – 10am     Katy Stuck, Kaleo – “Be a Leader Worth Following”

Leading people can be one of the most meaningful and challenging things you’ll do in your career. There’s always something to learn and it can be overwhelming to get started. This presentation will explore key leadership focal points to help you get results. Whether a new or experienced leader, you can be a leader worth following!


Tonya Futrell

10:30am – 11:30am     Tonya Futrell, Partner, Wells Coleman – “Financial Acumen to Drive Results”

Women professionals receive training on leadership and communication skills, however frequently miss out on training for business and financial acumen which is a crucial skill set needed to take advantage of key career and leadership opportunities. This session will discuss key concepts of business and financial acumen.  Acquiring this skillset will enable you to make better business decisions, drive performance and growth and become a high-level leader.   



12:00pm – 1:00pm     Wim-VA Recognition Ceremony & Keynote Speaker

Dorene Billingsley

Master of Ceremonies– Brenda Clarke, ITAC
Keynote Speaker – Dorene Billings, Director of Operations, AdvanSix (Retired)

Join us to celebrate the women of Virginia who have been nominated for the STEP Ahead and Emerging Leader awards for 2023, 2022 WiM Hall of Fame inductees and the WiM Virginia Women of the Year.  These ladies have demonstrated significant contributions to their company in the areas of Innovation & Leadership, Mentorship, and Community Impact by advocating for manufacturing careers and volunteerism.  We will be joined by this year’s Keynote Speaker and WiM Hall of Fame inductee, Dorene Billingsley, Director of Operations, AdvanSix (Retired), to discuss her journey to a career in manufacturing, the importance of mentorship, and the role we all play in inspiring future women to pursue opportunities in industry.

2:00pm – 3:00pm    Dr. Latitia McCane, Director of Education for The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding



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2022 Virginia Competitiveness Forum

Monday, November 14, 2022 | 11:30am – 12:30pm |Virtual

Join Virginia’s top manufacturing executives, industry leaders and service providers to the manufacturing industry, as we discuss Virginia’s manufacturing competitiveness in five major areas: Business Climate, Workforce, Innovation, Infrastructure and Economic Strength. The program will examine the Commonwealth’s competitiveness standing against other US states and explore how to move Virginia forward. We will also focus on the importance that women play in keeping manufacturing competitive in Virginia.

Keynote Speaker

Virginia’s MFG Competitiveness State Ranking

Ted Abernathy

Presented by Keynote Speaker Ted Abernathy

Ted Abernathy is the Managing Partner of Economic Leadership LLC, a consultancy that is currently working in more than a dozen states to develop economic and workforce strategies. Ted has 35 years of experience in directing economic development and workforce development programs.

Ted will unveil the 2022 VA MFG Competitiveness Index results as well as compare and contrast Virginia to southern and northeastern/Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) states.


Thank you to our Sponsors

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2022 Virginia Environmental Health & Safety Conference

September 20-21 The Westin Hotel 6631 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23230

VEHS is dedicated to industrial environmental, health and safety excellence. Participants also explore the affordability and
sustainability of regulations on the Virginia economy. It is the premier event of the year where Virginia industry, regulators,
legislators and allies join together for information, best practices, and technology.



Virginia Department of Environmental (DEQ) Regulatory Briefing
Description: This annual briefing by the DEQ is a favorite for conference attendees as a “one-stop shop” for updates on pending and proposed regulations of air, water, waste, recycling, climate change, land use and permit practices. 


  • Kathryn Persyzk – Director, Land Protection and Revitalization Division
  • Jutta Schneider, Water Planning Division Director
  • Melanie Davenport, Director, Water Permitting Division
  • Michael Dowd, Director, Air and Renewable Energy Division
  • Lee Crowell – Director, Enforcement Division
  • Sharon Baxter, Director, Division of Environmental Enhancement

Presentation (PDF) 


Solar Photovoltaic Panel End of Performance Considerations: U.S. Policies and Initiatives
Description: Responsible and cost-effective dissolution of photovoltaic (PV) system hardware at the end of the performance period has emerged as an important business and environmental consideration.  Speakers will discuss installation and decommissioning trends, demand projections, impacts to the circular economy, as well as other key research and analysis findings. 

Speakers: Liz Williamson, Esq., Williams Mullen, Taylor Curtis, Esq., National Renewable Energy Laboratory (video recorded) 

Presentation (PDF)


Industrial BMPs for Nutrient Credit Trading and Regulatory Compliance
Description: Mr. Pollard will address legal and regulatory opportunities for using innovative approaches to and methods for best management practices for industrial wastewater and stormwater discharges, such as natural systems including wetlands, forestry and other vegetated buffers, in-stream or estuary oyster filtration, and switchgrass buffers, as well as other water quality treatment technologies.  The discussion will also address how the law allows (or should allow) methods that serve multiple policy objectives ranging from water quality protection to building resilience to on-site flooding that can interrupt operations or cause damage to structures and erosion of property.  Finally, the presentation will describe current legal limitations and practical hurdles to optimizing the uses of such practices for industrial discharges and potential opportunities to encourage the use of such practices through legislative and regulatory changes or administrative guidance. 

Speaker:  Speaker Pollard, Williams Mullen LLP 

Presentation (PDF)


Virginia Occupational Safety & Health (VOSH) Regulatory Workshop:  Best Management Practices, Case Studies & Technology


  • Willis Morris, Deputy Commissioner 
  • Ron Graham, VOSH Health Program Director
  • Jay Withrow, Director of Legal Support, ORA, OPPPI, and OWP
  • Marta Fernandes, VOSH Safety Program Manager
  • Erika Thornton, Compliance Safety & Health Officer

Presentation (PDF)


MOVA Technologies: Emerging Air Filtration Technologies are Enabling Sustainable Pollution Reduction Opportunities
Description: High-efficiency, selective air capture technologies (SACTs) are changing the economic equation for air pollution control and indoor air filtration. SACTs apply circular principles to harvest captured contaminants as marketable byproducts, demonstrating significant cost advantages relative to legacy air pollution controls. SACTs have broad industry appeal with applications in manufacturing, agriculture, energy, and carbon capture, and open the door for new revenue streams from what had previously been considered an environmental hazard. John Schott is the CEO of MOVA Technologies, a Virginia company specializing in sustainable selective air capture systems. John will discuss these topics and provide an overview/update on the state of carbon capture and direct air capture technologies.

Speaker: John Schott, Chief Operations Officer, MOVA Technologies

Presentation (PDF)


Recycling & Circular Economy Solutions:  Recycling Automation Technology
Description: Improvements in mechanical recycling are critical to circular economy goals.  The application of artificial intelligence and cutting-edge sensor technology promises major efficiency gains in the metal scraping industry.  For over 130 years, Stratton Metals LLC has been recycling scrap ferrous and non-ferrous metals in Richmond, Virginia.  TFC Recycling is a leader in the collection, processing and marketing of recyclable materials and managing of solid waste in Virginia and North Carolina through innovative material recovery. Michael Benedetto is President and Owner for TFC Recycling. Michael is responsible for leading the company’s overall business development, operations, sales, and risk management. He is also a past Chairman of the Virginia Recycling Markets Development Council (VRMDC).

Speakers: Bill Stratton, President – Stratton Metals, LLC; Michael Benedetto, President – TFC Recycling

Presentation (PDF)


Energy & the Environment: Necessity of Natural Gas, Infrastructure, & the Cost of Renewable Energy
Description: Environmental regulation and energy costs are inextricably linked together.  Speakers will discuss new low-emission natural gas and infrastructure, opportunities for new battery powered innovative technologies, Energy Security and Reliability, and the real costs of Virginia’s “Green New Deal”.

Speakers: Robert Duvall, President, Virginia Natural Gas; Cliona Robb, Thompson McMullan LLC); Paul Beblowski, Product Manager, STIHL; Aaron Thompson, State Government and Community Relations Manager, TC Energy

 Presentation (PDF)

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