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EMPOWERING WOMEN IN INDUSTRY
STEERING COMMITTEE 2024

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Jennifer Crozier

Jennifer Crozier is the Co-owner of Crozier Construction Services LLC and the children's book author of the Jenny a Jill of all Trades book series.

 

Jennifer and her husband have been married for 19 years, have three kids, and started their company in 2019. She is a member of the Utah Professional Women in Building (PWB), the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), and the Crew Collaborative Ambassador Program. She is also a volunteer Ambassador for Snow College and is taking classes in the Construction Management Program. She was honored with the opportunity to be their keynote speaker when the Construction Management Program had an open house where she spoke about her career and being Mrs. Sanpete County running for Mrs. Utah America with the platform of ‘Helping Women Build the Doors they Walk Through’.

 

She received the 2022 Outstanding Women’s Award with the Women’s Builders Council at their 17th annual gala in NYC, the Hamlet Homes Female Builder Grant, Star Trucker of the Quarter, and has been nominated for several other awards throughout her career. One of her favorite highlights was being nominated for awards and attending the Empowering Women in Industry conference where she also got to be in the PPE workwear fashion show.

 

Jennifer loves working in both the construction and trucking trades where she continues to break barriers and recruit women, and the next generation of workers, into these crucial industries.

For more information about Jennifer visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenny-crozier-a-jill-of-all/

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Sara J. Bonham

A graduate of the University of Tulsa, Sara holds an MFA in communications, a BFA in visual communications with a double minor in Art History and Marketing as well as a museum certification, and an AA in graphic design with an emphasis on interactive design. Sara has worked in the marketing department of many B2B industries such as oil and gas, car rental, pipeline maintenance and repair, combustion and now water. Today she holds the position of Demand Generation Manager at Xylem for the Water Utilities Municipal vertical. She is passionate about supporting women in industry and is proud to be joining the Empowering Women Steering Committee. In her spare time, Sara still creates art, participates as a judge for gallery shows, and spends time with her service dog, Mia Love.

For more information on Sara visit:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarabonham/

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Regina Higgins

Regina's passion is providing innovative pumping & technology solutions to meet the needs of customers while leading the Eastern US Municipal Sales Team for Grundfos. Beginning her career in engineering roles afforded Regina a solid foundation to successfully transition into technical sales‚ her true love and fit for her intellectual curiosity, thrive of new challenges, and customer-centric mindfulness. 

Regina’s recent accomplishments include selection as Grundfos Municipal MVP for 2 consecutive years and chosen as Grundfos' Reach for The Stars 2019 Sales Award Winner.  Outside of Grundfos, Regina offers support and hope to parents of children battling cancer. She knows firsthand how difficult it is to be a parent battling for their child's life, and the importance of hope and support.  Her pledge to make the journey a little easier for others is a result of her son's survival and resilience for 16 years and counting.

For more information on Regina visit:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/regina-higgins-a6790712/

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Meaghan Ziemba

Meaghan Ziemba is an industrial tech writer, brand storyteller, and marketer for industrial manufacturers. She has a B.A. and M.A. in Professional and Technical Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has been writing for manufacturing since 2008. Meaghan also hosts a live video broadcast series called Mavens of Manufacturing. The series focuses on women in the sector. Its mission is to attract younger generations to join manufacturing or engineering career pathways to help close the skills and gender gaps. Meaghan is a proud mother of three. She enjoys cooking, CrossFit, and a great cup of coffee or glass of whiskey.

For more information on Meaghan visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meaghan-ziemba/

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Shannon Bumgarner

Shannon Bumgarner is a courageous change maker inspiring leadership transformation within organizations and with women in technical careers. As a seasoned leader with 20+ years of experience, her human centric leadership has cultivated belonging cultures resulting in significant improvements in diversity, employee engagement, and business performance. Shannon is also passionate about mentoring women in largely male-dominated industries with a broader impact on gender equity in STEM and gender wealth equality.

For more information on Shannon visit: linkedin.com/in/shannonbumgarner

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Brittany Gentilhomme

Brittany is an assistant superintendent at R.C. Mathews Contractor in Nashville, Tennessee. She is involved in several organizations that focus on issues surrounding the construction industry, like the National Association of Women in Construction, Crew Collaborative and Go Build Tennessee. In 2023 she receive the NAWIC Nashville Rookie of the Year award and a national 2nd place committee award for reaching out to the community during Women in Construction Week. Her mission is to empower the next generation of women in construction. Through her online presence with LinkedIn and Instagram, Brittany connects with many others who share her mission, like the Space to Build and Dirty and Driven podcasts, among others. Follow her story @builderwithabow.

For more information on Brittany visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brittghomme/

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Dianne McMaster

Dianne McMaster is a Water and Wastewater Business Development Manager at Emerson providing support and strategic directions for water and wastewater business. Dianne is the northeast regional lead as well as a chapter lead in Emerson’s Women’s Impact Network employee resource group. The Women’s Impact network supports the vision and purpose to attract, develop and retain the best women in roles related to science, technology, engineering and math. Dianne also volunteers her time with multiple organizations including American Lung Association Fight for Air Stair Climb, P3R Pittsburgh Marathon, and the Society of Women Engineers.

For more information on Dianne visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dianne-mcmaster/

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Daryl Anne Estill

Daryl is a Project Manager in the commercial MEP construction industry with experience spanning semiconductor, pharmaceutical, offices, CNG stations, and multifamily markets, both in traditional and design-build deliveries. In addition to her direct role, she is integral to strategic planning, training and development, and process improvements. She serves as Chair of TD Women’s ERG and Committee Member & Mentor for the TD Wilmer Hutchins High School mentorship program. As a public speaker, mentor, and industry leader, her advocacy work focuses on Women in Construction/Industry, Equity, Mental Health, and Servant Leadership. She is an Empowering Women in Industry Award Nominee 2022/2023.

For more information on Daryl visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darylanneestill/

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Kristel Zaman

Kristel Zaman is a Director of Marketing and Product Management with Grundfos. She is responsible for municipal and groundwater business in Americas region. Kristel is a known speaker and contributor to Hydraulic Institute, Water Environment Federation, and number of other industry organizations.

Kristel describes herself as a learner and servant leader: sensitive to the needs of customers, encouraging mentor developing her team and inspiring others around her. She is passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion at the workplace and focused on empowering women in industry.

Kristel was born in Estonia, moved to USA almost two decades ago. At her leisure, Kristel is an avid reader, beginner yogi, loves needle crafts, and enjoys spending time with her four rescue cats.

For more information on Kristel visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristel-zaman-ms-pcm-mba-76761b38/

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Nicole Calhoun

Nicole is a high-energy and results-oriented professional who has worked with diverse multi-cultural teams around the world. She brings 25 years of corporate and technology experience to her training workshops. 

 

Nicole’s professional experience includes enterprise level technology systems with such roles as Software Engineering, Business Systems Analysis and Project Management. Her industry knowledge includes Financial & Merchant Services, Retirement & Payroll Services, Manufacturing and Automotive.  

Nicole’s work experience includes companies like: JP Morgan Chase & Co., General Motors, Delphi, Detroit Diesel, National Steel Corporation and Electronic Data Systems (now DXC). 

 

As a certified John Maxwell Team speaker, trainer, and coach, Nicole delivers content that adds value through an inspiring, engaging, and exciting experience that audiences enjoy. 

 

For more information on Nicole visit: www.sccalhoun.com or https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicoleccalhoun

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Mary-Frances Klimek

Mary-Frances Klimek is the Superintendent at the Racine Wastewater Utility in Racine, Wisconsin. She oversees all wastewater operations, maintenance, laboratory services and regulatory compliance and most reporting. Prior to becoming Superintendent in 2015, she was the first woman to work outside of the lab or clerical support group. She is involved in committees regarding racial equity, inclusion, leadership and wellness. She is excited to be a new member of the Empowering Women in Industry Steering Committee. She is Chair of the Central States Water Environment Association Wisconsin Section, a past Local Arrangements Chair and current committee member for the annual conference.  Additionally, she is the 2019 Empowering Women in Industry Mentor of the Year, a 7S member, recipient of the Water Environment Federation Hatfield Award and the CSWEA Operations Award. She was recently featured in Treatment Plant Operator Magazine and Water & Wastes Digest. She is most proud of her family and the support they show for the many projects she involves them in.

For more information on Mary-Frances visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-frances-klimek/

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Bekah Mechtensimer

Bekah Mechtensimer, Director with Empowering Pumps & Equipment, started in the industrial industry selling nuts, bolts, and washers. From there, she moved up to a technical sales position for pumps, compressors, and pneumatic tools. When she wasn’t in the office selling; she was in the shop helping manufacturing with whatever was needed that day. Bekah joined the EP&E team in 2017 with a desire to grow in the industry. In her free time, you can find her hanging out with her pup, Woodrow, or enjoying her favorite music - preferably at a festival!

 

For more information on Bekah visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bekah-mechtensimer/

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Maria Elena Rodriguez Hernandez

Maria Elena Rodriguez Hernandez is a Water Engineering Director at Ingeteam (Water Sector), with +25 years of experience in the field of Turbomachinery and Water Engineering. Elena is based in Zarautz, Basque Country in Spain and is a mechanical, hydraulic, and civil engineer who is currently completing a course in the University about Management and Direction of Water Companies. Elena is an active advocate for women in Engineering Fields and Technical careers, serving as a founding member of the Empowering Women in Industry steering committee. She is passionate about travel, photography, and Water Megastructures.

For more information on Elena visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maria-elena-rodriguez-hernandez-01163133/

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Kathy Johnson

Kathy Johnson has been a Mechanical Engineer for John Crane Inc. for 20 plus years. She plays an important role with the company with 20 plus years of experience.  She provide dedication and commitment with products in the area of Compression Packing, Gaskets, PTFE and some Mechanical Seals items. She is very passionate with upholding and advocating for John Crane’s Brand.

 

She continuously makes strides in creating relationships with other women the Technical Industry. She has been a mentor and have offered guidance to young people within her community in reaching their goals in life.

 

Kathy is a member of FSA, Empowering Women, Society Women Engineers (SWE), National Technical Association (NTA) and National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

For more information on Kathy visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathy-johnson-85b6894/

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Renee J Joseph

Renee Joseph is the VP of Global Customer and Sales and Enablement for a Fortune 500 Company as well as speaker, author, and leadership coach

 

She has a 20+ year career introducing and executing strategies to drive growth within global competitive markets with deep knowledge of customer and sales enablement principles.  She is known as a transformative leader with a passion for establishing, growing, and leading top performing teams. Working exclusively in a male dominated engineering industry throughout her entire career, she has dedicated herself to educating, mentoring and advocating for diversity in the workplace. 

 

Renee resides in Wisconsin and in her leisure, she enjoys playing the piano, watercolor painting, writing, practicing yoga, beekeeping and spending time with her husband, four children and seven grandchildren.

For more information on Renee visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/renee-joseph-46017946/

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Stephanie Hajducek

Stephanie Hajducek is a Territory Sales Manager for SAMSON Controls – a market leader in control valves for industrial processes. She has also held positions with other industry leading companies such as Bechtel, ChevronPhillips, Citgo, Steel Dynamics and The Chemours Company. In January 2022 Stephanie started a nonprofit organization called This One’s for the Gals that helps girls with career exploration and workforce development. Focusing their efforts on the construction, energy, and manufacturing industries, TOFTG likes to say that they talk to girls about career pathways that not very many people talk to girls about from STEM to Skilled Trades and everything in between! Stephanie hopes that by sharing her experiences and lessons learned she can help girls step out of their comfort zone and step into a world of endless possibilities in industry!

For more information on Stephanie visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/slhajduc/

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Jill Miller

Jill possesses over 20 years of expertise in Enterprise Business Development, with a focus on supporting major CPGs. Transitioning her efforts, she is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion across ecosystems. Her dedication lies in expanding entrepreneurial opportunities for diverse-owned businesses and promoting sustainable prosperity for workers and communities.

Operating at the intersection of purpose and profit, Jill has demonstrated success in collaborating with closely held companies and private equity firms, facilitating transitions to employee ownership and empowering workers to build generational wealth. In her role as Curriculum Director for the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago's Breedlove Entrepreneurship Center, she crafted a groundbreaking curriculum designed to accelerate later-stage Black female entrepreneurs in the CPG and Food sectors. This curriculum provides crucial education, access to networks, and capital.

Among her current endeavors, Jill collaborates as a member of the Steering Committee for Empowering Women in Industry and the 17 Rooms Initiative. Her collaborative efforts aim to advance the economic, social, and environmental priorities inherent in the world's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Her proactive engagement extends to the working group for Room 8, focusing on UN SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Jill's fervor for effecting positive change is deeply rooted, driven by her desire to inspire connections that lead to meaningful transformations. Presently, she serves with distinction on the Board of Directors for the Spondylitis Association of America, striving to enhance outcomes for individuals impacted by Spondyloarthritis while also hosting Spondycast.

A seasoned speaker, Jill is well-versed in delivering engaging talks on topics including technical content, overcoming limiting beliefs, and the transformative power of connection. Her recent speaking engagements include notable events such as Empowering Women in Industry Chicago and Deeper Women Lead Atlanta, where she provided audiences with invaluable insights and inspiration. Additionally, Jill has served as a spokesperson for Novartis in Sat Media Tours and online commercials for their MPITAS, further amplifying her influence.

For more information on Jill visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thejillsmiller/

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Richa Paliwal

Richa Paliwal is a Regional Head/Director of Customer Sales and Support Center for Groundwater/Irrigation and Municipal market for the Americas region for Grundfos. Here we enable our customers to transform water management to build a sustainable future. In the past 11 years, I’ve progressed through multiple positions in customer service starting as an applications engineer to leading a team of engineers to heading the Americas regional customer support team. My journey has taught me to embrace and appreciate a new level of diversity and inclusion within the organization. I am passionate about building a team culture that is creative, collaborative and customer centric.

For more information on Richa visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richa-paliwal-01912319/

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DeIla Ray

DeIla Ray has worked the last 10 years as a traveling pipe welder. She has worked in the field from the beginning of her career working across the United States in refineries, pre and post ethanol facilities, as well as water treatment and wastewater treatment facilities.

 

DeIla works with organizations such as National Association of Women in Construction and is on her local Central Missouri Chapter 341 Board of Directors. She is the Safety Chair, OSHA Alliance Chair, and NEF Design Drafting Chair for the chapter. You will find DeIla serving on the 2023 discussion panel for the NAWIC National Industry Council for Tradeswomen kicking off Women in Construction Week, which is March 6th-11th, 2023. DeIla and her husband, Jack, own and operate Alpha Duo, LLC. which is a custom welding and fabrication business that caters to high quality products with precision and industry standards. In 2020 Empowering Women in Industry awarded DeIla the Tradeswoman of the Year honor.

 

In 2022 DeIla shifted her career path from a traveling pipe welder to a Welding Instructor at the Davis H. Hart Career Center. After only a semester of teaching, this is what DeIla has to say, "I never envisioned myself as a teacher but then again I could say the same about welding. Never say never! This is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Teaching a trade that I am passionate about and being able to see students fall in love with a skilled trade that will change their lives is more than I could have imagined." Last October DeIla received further honors from Empowering Women in Industry and was awarded 2022 Mentor of the Year and Industry Advocacy. Keep an eye out for what DeIla's up to next!

 

For more information on DeIla visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/deila-ray-2aaa341a9

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Ashley A. Wheeler Huffman

Ashley A. Wheeler Huffman is an Alabama native with a contagious passion for helping individuals and organizations transform their thinking and performance from commonplace to extraordinary. Her focus is maximizing potential through training, coaching, consulting and keynoting around leadership, women’s empowerment, resilience and organizational development topics. Through her keynotes, she shares invaluable insights gained from overcoming challenges and embracing vulnerability, encouraging women to find their voice, embrace their unique strengths and celebrate their victories. Off the stage, Ashley remains deeply committed to community service; her passion for making a positive impact is as evident in her philanthropic efforts.

For more information on Ashley visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashleyawheeler/

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