WIM-Virginia Leadership Conference – Day of Empowerment

Sep 26, 2022 | Events, WiM - VAa

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!

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

Tonya Futrell

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.   

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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 –

Dr. Latitia McCane

“Advancing Opportunities for Women through Apprenticeship”

Apprenticeships have been around since the middle ages. An apprentice learns a job by doing it, and receives high wages and a comprehensive package of benefits while working toward a formal qualification.  Dr. McCane will share her journey to becoming the first female Director of the Apprentice School – known to many as the Leadership Factory.  She will also discuss how she is building the “next generation” apprentice school to train tomorrows workforce with a focus on recruiting more female and diverse students. 

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