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What's Happening Locally: Coalition for Women in Industry, Driving Change for Women in the Workplace




In a remarkable display of unity and determination, leaders from various allied organizations gathered in June to discuss the positive changes they aimed to bring about in the workforce. Recognizing the potential impact of a coalition over individual efforts, these extraordinary women from diverse industries came together under the banner of the Coalition for Women in Industry. The meeting was a valuable opportunity to connect with accomplished professionals and explore avenues for driving progress in promoting gender equality and empowerment.


The event, marked by its significance and collaborative spirit, was captured in a group photograph as a cherished memento. The following are the esteemed participants of this momentous gathering, each making their mark in their respective fields:


Carly Hurd - Vice President at American Institute of Steel Construction

Carly Hurd is a prominent leader driving change within the steel construction industry. Her expertise and experience in this field have earned her a distinguished reputation. You can connect with Carly on LinkedIn at Carly Hurd’s LinkedIn profile.


Catherine Ross - Director of Smartforce Development | WiMEF Board of Directors | SME 30 Under 30 | #NASASocial

Catherine Ross is an accomplished professional, actively involved in the development of smart workforce strategies. Her contributions have been recognized by organizations such as WiMEF and SME. To learn more about Catherine, visit her LinkedIn profile here.


Jenny Drescher - Compassionate Disruptor

Jenny Drescher is a dedicated agent of change, known for her ability to accelerate growth within organizations. Her compassionate approach has helped numerous businesses thrive amidst evolving market dynamics. Discover more about Jenny on her LinkedIn profile here.


Allison Grealis - Founder and President

Allison Grealis is a trailblazer dedicated to advancing women in industry and empowering them to assume executive leadership roles. With her extensive experience as a speaker, facilitator, and board member, Allison has become a respected voice in the field. For insights into her work, refer to her LinkedIn profile here.


Maria Moran - Strategic Advocacy Partner

Maria Moran is an invaluable advocate for strategic initiatives. Her partnership and guidance have helped organizations navigate complex challenges successfully. To explore Maria’s professional journey, visit her LinkedIn profile here.


Denise Chludzinski - Food & Beverage Recruiting Director/Headhunter/Search Consultant

Denise Chludzinski possesses a unique talent for identifying and attracting top talent within the food and beverage industry. Her proactive approach to talent acquisition has been widely recognized. Connect with Denise on LinkedIn here when seeking someone with a relentless pursuit of talent.


Jimena Sayavedra - Industrial/Logistics Real Estate Specialist

Jimena Sayavedra is an expert in industrial and logistics real estate. Her knowledge and experience in this sector make her an invaluable resource. To learn more about Jimena, visit her LinkedIn profile here.


Charli K Matthews - Founder & CEO of Empowering Brands

Charli K Matthews is a driving force behind initiatives that empower women in the industry. Through platforms like Empowering Pumps & Equipment, Empowering Women in Industry, and the Empowering Industry Podcast, she empowers individuals and businesses alike. To engage with Charli, follow her LinkedIn profile here.


Jennifer Traut-Todaro - Director of Workforce Development

Jennifer Traut-Todaro plays a pivotal role in fostering workforce development strategies. Her expertise and leadership have been instrumental in shaping the future of talent in various industries. Connect with Jennifer on LinkedIn here.


During the coalition meeting, the participants engaged in fruitful discussions about leveraging their collective voice to address challenging issues and create actionable plans. Their shared knowledge and expertise enabled them to identify key areas where their efforts could make a significant impact. Collaboration emerged as a vital tool in finding innovative solutions and developing valuable resources for the industry’s advancement.


As we finalize the strategy by identifying the problems and concerns that keep stakeholders up at night, the coalition aimes to tailor their efforts and offer meaningful support.


The Coalition for Women in Industry stands as a testament to the power of collaboration and the determination to effect positive change. As these exceptional leaders unite their strengths, the future holds promise for a more inclusive and equitable workforce, where women are empowered to reach their full potential.


If this strikes a chord with you, I’d love to meet with you. https://calendly.com/charlikmatthews/30mins



Check out this article and others like it in our Empowering Women in Industry Digital Magazine.


By: Charli K. Matthews

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