Women comprise 47.5 percent of the working population, yet they are underrepresented in the manufacturing industry—making up only about 33 percent of the manufacturing workforce in the United States.(1) PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, established the Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network (PPWLN) to recruit, retain and advance women’s careers in packaging and processing. The PPWLN encourages young women to pursue STEM careers as automation in the manufacturing industry adds more advanced jobs that require specialized skills.

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The PPWLN will host a breakfast at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2019 (Sept. 23–25; Las Vegas Convention Center) co-located with Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2019 on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 a.m. Keynote speaker Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman ever to go to space, and the second female Director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, will share her experiences as an astronaut and her message of innovative change and the importance of getting more women and minorities into STEM fields. Register here.


1 https://www.census.gov/newsroom/blogs/random-samplings/2017/10/women-manufacturing.html