Women Breaking the Mold
Plastics News has been highlighting women in the industry with its Women Breaking the Mold special report since 2015. We've profiled presidents and plant managers to founders and engineers — all with unique experiences and stories to tell.
To nominate yourself or someone else for our 2023 special issue, which will be published July 31, 2023, submit this form. Submissions are due June 23, 2023.
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Women Breaking the Mold
Bethany White: "It is critical to have a plan of action and establish ongoing check-ins with the team, especially when you are so new to the industry."
Amy Weber: "When I entered plastics, I was one of very few females in sales in the injection molding side of the business. My daughter has also entered this industry; I would love to see more female role models for her to look up to."
Rachael Wanounou: "I would absolutely encourage someone considering a career in this industry to seek out a job in their field of interest, whether that be plastics recycling, molding, extruding, etc., because they can make their own impact."
Sarah Taranto: "I want to change this perspective and show people that with some hard work and dedication, I can expand my education, become a successful company contributor that others can look up to, including my children, while raising a family."
Shana Sylvester was the first female sales director at Amco and will soon step in as the first female vice president and general manager at Amco and Ravago, effective Jan. 1, 2023.
Erin Swain: "Bringing a feminine presence to blow molding is something you don't see very often. Most of the meetings I have, boardrooms I walk into, are heavily male-dominated."
Karen Sturgeon: "The most important thing is to identify your mission and purpose, then find leaders who will share your mission. Surround yourself with people better than you and who complement your weaknesses."
Daisy Serdan Corona: "I break the mold by letting the world know my capabilities are not tied to my gender."
Heather Scaglione: "The truth is, I am still inventing myself and creating a new mold to break. I like the idea that I am creating a new goal and this mold will be broken when I obtain it."
Roberta Rivera: "The opportunities [in plastics] are endless; there are many women with low-paying jobs that can learn skilled jobs such as service technician."