• Thinking Outside the Box
    September 3, 2015
    | Pam Berry, Advance Components, WIFI Board Member
    I find inspiration in the oddest places. Sometimes it’s the simple things in nature -- insects, clouds, moss -- or in things as complicated as the code for a smooth-running website. But, hands down, my best ideas come from working with others who have had different experiences and backgrounds, both professionally and culturally.
    A diverse team of minds brings just that -- different points of view -- and that is a good thing. Mixing it up in experience,...
  • Job vs. Career
    July 9, 2015
    | Rosa E. Hearn, Brighton Best International., WIFI Board Member
    Is the fastener industry a job to you or a career? If it’s just a job, then expect to be in the same position for a very long time.  What’s the saying? “Once you’re in, you never get out!” or “Once you hit three years, you’re in it for life!”  So if that is true, why aren’t you making the fastener industry a career?
    I started as a receptionist working for a fastener distributor right after I finished High School. ...
  • On Being a Mentor
    May 29, 2015
    | Mary Lou Aderman, The Aderman Company
         Back in the late 1980s, mentoring was not as commonplace as it is today in our working world and in our society in general. However, 30-odd years ago, I had a mentoring opportunity in the form of a teenage employee at our company. It started a lasting relationship, and it is only by looking back today that both my mentee and myself realized what a powerful relationship mentoring could create. 
         Recently, my mentee, Renee, and...
  • The Big Balancing Act
    April 2, 2015
    | Rosa Hearn, Brighton Best, WIFI Board Member
    I’m very active on LinkedIn and I try to stay up to date on news articles.  So I’m aware of articles about Mom’s trying to be all and have it all, or sometimes admitting that they are not supermom.  There was one article that suggested that I ask my boss not to schedule me to be away on business travel for more than 24 hours.
    I want to make it clear that I recognize how privileged I am. I...
  • March is Women's History Month
    March 23, 2015
    | Cris Young, President of WIFI
    This celebration of the world’s women started in 1981 as Women’s History Day, but it soon became apparent more than a day was needed to honor all the accomplishments of women. So in 1987, Women’s History Month was launched.
    The theme for Women’s History Month 2015 is: “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.”
    The National Women’s History Project describes the theme this way:
    “Accounts of the lives of individual women are critically important because they reveal exceptionally strong role...
  • A Mentoring Message
    December 11, 2014
    “By helping others, you will learn how to help yourselves.”
    Aung San Suu Kyi
        What do you think of when you hear the word “mentor”? As I’ve learned over my career, mentoring in some form happens regularly all around us. If you are lucky enough to have a trusted person who cares about you and your career, to whom you can turn with a confidential or challenging career situation, you have found a true mentor.
  • The Secret Sauce
    July 29, 2014
    I spend a fair amount of time thinking about associations – like Women in the Fastener Industry – and the value that they bring to members and even those outside the organization. I’m probably a little biased, since I am a member of, and help run, several associations. When I started in the fastener industry, there weren’t a lot of women around, but those who were frequently found themselves running the associations for the industry.  Perhaps that ‘s because the...
  • Herstory with Lessons
    June 20, 2014
    In her April blog posting, Cris Young of Hudson Fasteners asked for personal stories that women could share through the blog. Over the years, I have heard many fastener guys sharing stories that they told to make a point, or to teach or to brag.  These little “HIStories” always make me laugh. I am often awestruck at the human interest that is on display in these stories. But during the last four to five years, I have heard some pretty...
  • Fasteners are everywhere
    April 29, 2014
    My husband was working on our RV the other day when he brought the crusty water pump into the house to show me how “messed up” the screws holding the unit together were. I saw machine screws with a nylon patch that had been exposed to water for six years and the patch looked great. Way too much thought on my part, when all I needed to say was: “Yes, honey, you’re right.”
    That started me thinking about what...
  • WIFI & Women-Owned Businesses
    March 18, 2014
    For my first blog entry for the WIFI website, I decided to look at a few statistics about women-owned businesses in the U.S. What I found was encouraging, although clearly there is still much work to be done.
    As of 2013, government figures estimate there are roughly 8.6 million women-owned businesses in the country, generating more than $1.3 trillion in revenues and employing nearly 7.8 million people. Obviously, women-owned businesses have become serious competitors in today’s global markets.
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