In the dynamic realm of mold making and engineering, breaking barriers is not just a choice; it's a necessity.
Jane Huot, a 23-year-old mold designer and project manager, celebrated her one-year anniversary with Accede Mold & Tool last summer. Recently, Jane celebrated another milestone in her journey: her first business trip.
Jane traveled from New York to Arizona with me and Angie Steingass, marketing manager, to a conference partially sponsored by Accede for women in the rubber and plastics industries. Jane assisted with setting up and staffing her company's exhibit and attended conference sessions. After the conference, Jane shadowed me on sales visits to customers' facilities. The experience has left an indelible mark on Jane's professional growth.
The Plastics News Women Breaking the Mold Conference 2023 served as the stage for Jane's initiation into the intricacies of her industry. As a young professional juggling college, a full-time job and household responsibilities, she found a resonating theme among the women she interacted with: the persistent need to prove oneself. While these challenges are not unique to women in the workforce, Jane's realization that she was not alone fueled her determination to overcome challenges.
Networking at the conference forged meaningful connections. Jane met with inspiring female figures whose advice and educational opportunities opened new doors for her. She believes these connections will propel her career in the industry.