Women in Packaging will launch a new magazine, with the first edition of Packaging Horizons due out this fall. JoAnn Hines, executive director of Women in Pack-aging, recently signed a contract with Peterson's Magazine Group of Princeton, N.J., to publish the magazine. The publication will focus on the development of successful careers for the association's 10,000 members, other packaging professionals and college students pursuing packaging oriented degrees.
Hines said articles are targeted mainly toward women, but will appeal to a diverse readership in the packaging industry.
The first issue will have a survey report on career opportunities in the packaging in-dustry; the state of hiring in packaging, along with the re-cruitment efforts of corporations; mentoring, internship and co-op programs; and how potential employees can market themselves and their skills.
``We want to focus on getting in front of the schools and universities to become visible to students considering ca-reers in packaging,'' Hines said.
In addition to the magazine being sent to Women in Pack-aging members, an additional 5,000 copies will be distributed to packaging and engineering schools at major universities and colleges nationwide.
``In most packaging schools, 40-50 percent of the graduating students are women,'' Hines said.
The goal of the 3-year-old organization is to have two issues in 1997, and become quarterly by 1998, she said.
Recently, Women in Pack-aging received the 1996 Mem-bership Award of Excellence from the Georgia Society of Association Executives.
Women in Packaging was recognized for its outstanding achievement in its membership development plans, re-cruitment, orientation, recognition, retention and other programs.
Currently, Women in Pack-aging has nine chapters established or in the process of organizing. Hines said the Detroit-Toledo, Philadelphia, and New York-New Jersey chapters are the newest additions. The Northern California chapter held its first planning meeting June 27.
Another chapter is being planned for the Washington-Baltimore area.
For more information on Women in Packaging, contact Hines at (770) 924-3563, fax (770) 928-2338, or e-mail at [email protected]