Impact Washington Becomes Official Sponsor of the Women In Manufacturing Association (WiM) Washington Chapter

The Women in Manufacturing® Association (WiM) Washington Chapter today, announced that Impact Washington has signed on as an Official Sponsor of the newly formed Chapter.

The sponsorship supports the local Chapter and their ability to market and activate on a statewide level throughout the year, including at significant events, tradeshows, and much more.

“The partnership with Impact Washington is significant for the development of our Washington Women in Manufacturing Chapter,” said Rachel Camarillo, WiM Washington Chapter – Chair. “While we are starting with a strong presence here in the Seattle area, our long-term goal is to reach women in the manufacturing industry throughout the entire state. As Impact Washington continues to support manufacturers and provide meaningful training, consulting, and solutions, WiM can complement their mission by providing a supportive community that women in the industry need to participate in their company’s improvements, growth activities, and vice versa.”

The WiM Washington Chapter is committed to creating an active community of women who work in the manufacturing industry. These are women who help keep the wheels turning of some of the most innovative and coolest companies right here in our state. Some may not have the support they need to thrive in their current roles. Some need a safe place to seek advice or direction, and others require a nudge to get out of their comfort zone to dedicate time to keep their skills sharp. No matter the reason, the WiM Washington Chapter will provide value-added educational workshops throughout the year with social events sprinkled in to develop meaningful connections within the industry.

“As a leader for a small private manufacturing company, I know first-hand how hard it is to attract and retain talent to this industry and especially in this area,” said Rachel. “Our Chapter can help make a true “impact” with regards to workplace development by: 1. Creating a vibrant local WiM community 2. Helping to change the perception of the industry and the opportunities that exist within manufacturing from the shop floor up through the C-Suite – women belong everywhere, and 3. By strategically connecting students with women in the industry for potential internships and employment opportunities.”

“We are thrilled to support the WiM Washington Chapter and their commitment to supporting and accelerating women’s participation and leadership,” said  Deloit R. Wolfe Jr. President & Center Director, Impact Washington. “Women in Manufacturing® (WiM) is the only national trade association dedicated to providing year-round support to women who have chosen a career in the manufacturing industry. Our commitment to the WiM WA Chapter is meant to ensure that the ratio of women (who work in manufacturing) to men continues to grow. We also support promoting the leadership of women and expanding business growth by attracting and retaining a skilled workforce that reflects the demographics of the entire workforce in Washington State.”

About Impact Washington

Impact Washington is a statewide non-profit organization that provides competitive, value-driven services. With access to public and private resources, our goal is to enhance growth, improve productivity, reduce costs, and expand manufacturing capacity in Washington state. Our solutions, consulting, and educational opportunities focus on the small and medium-sized manufacturers located throughout State. We are an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Program (NIST MEP). Our nationwide network consists of manufacturing extension partnership centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Since 1997 Impact Washington has delivered improvement solutions to more than 1,500 Washington State manufacturers.

Media Carol Blayden – Marketing & Communications

cblayden@impactwashington.org | 425.231.5828

About WiM Washington

The Women in Manufacturing® Association is a more than 2,600-member-strong national association dedicated to supporting, promoting, and inspiring women who have chosen a career in manufacturing. For more information about WiM, visit www.womeninmanufacturing.org.

Local Chapter Contact: Rachel Camarillo – Women in Manufacturing (WIM) Washington Chapter – Chair

rcamarillo@northstarice.com  | 206.763.7300 ext. 1012      

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