Plastics News' Rising Stars class of 2022 is the largest and most diverse bunch yet. The Feb. 28 issue highlights 50 of the plastics industry's future leaders, movers and shakers. From presidents and managers to scientists and engineers, this year's Rising Stars, with ages ranging from 22-35, prove the plastics industry's future is bright.
The Rising Stars were asked questions ranging such as how they got into the industry — some followed in a family member's steps, while others stumbled into it by chance — what challenges they have faced over the last few years, what the industry should do to increase diversity and inclusion efforts, what emerging technology they're most interested in and what their philosophies are on sustainability. They were also asked to complete a series of multiple-choice questions.
A Gallup report released at the end of 2021 found younger workers' careers have been more affected negatively by the pandemic vs. older workers and that employees under age 40 have experienced more stress and anger and lower engagement and overall well-being than older workers. Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, 34.5 percent of Rising Stars said they are more stressed, 15.5 percent said they are less stressed and 50 percent said they have about the same amount of stress.