EVERETT, Wash. —

Three HR leaders and manufacturing experts will host a global online discussion to celebrate the power of women and help close the gender gap that currently exists in manufacturing. Together, the three will provide insights that will help manufacturers level the playing field for hiring, retaining and promoting female talent and ways to #BreaktheBias on Wednesday, March 16 at noon (Pacific) on LinkedIn Live. The event, sponsored by TeamSense, is designed for everyone, from those just starting out in their careers to today’s HR leaders and CEOs who care about supporting opportunities for women to grow and lead. They will discuss the keys to the workforce crisis in manufacturing, why women are critical to its future and represent one of its largest pools of untapped talent.

The virtual fireside chat will be moderated by Whirlpool and General Motors alumnus Sheila Stafford, now CEO of TeamSense, owned by Fortive, the text-based HR technology that is revolutionizing communications between hourly workers and business professionals. HR in the manufacturing sector. Stafford is the author of “The Gender Gap in Manufacturing And What to Do About It” for Forbes. Her guests will be CHRO, Talent Leader, Chief Member and Management Consultant, Kincentric Partner, Americas, Head of Human Resources and Talent Consulting Practice, Jill Kissack, who will discuss how she #BreaksTheBias for her Fortune 500 clients Carol Latham, author of “A Chip Off the Silicon Block,” who developed one of the first thermal trigger technologies for microchips, will provide valuable background on the hiring and talent management changes she’s made. seen over the past 30 years.

“Manufacturers have come to see that diversity improves bottom lines, fosters a more dynamic and creative environment, and improves employee morale and retention,” says Sheila Stafford, CEO of TeamSense and moderator of the discussion. “This has led to a concerted effort to attract women into manufacturing, but requires early education that empowers them to believe that anybody can succeed in these careers. Slowly, opinions about manufacturing are changing, with more and more women seeing a place for themselves in this exciting and challenging industry.

According to a white paper published by Deloitte titled “Celebrating Women in Manufacturing: Stories of Some of our Most Successful Female Leaders,” the attitudes of women in industries ranging from industrial products to construction are changing and the manufacturing industry is seeing the inherent value of an integrated and inclusive workplace where a diversity of viewpoints and ideas are represented.


About TeamSense: TeamSense is the leading non-app, text-based, digital platform tool developed to manage hourly workers by manufacturing veterans whose understanding of what makes a factory run makes them the no. #1 for multinational employers, from Hunter Douglas to Pella Windows. Based in Everett, Washington, TeamSense is 100% owned by Fortive, an industrial technology leader.


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