The WAM Podcast

Most people have heard that women are 51% of the U.S. population and only 27% of employees in manufacturing, but there is so much more to this story than a few statistics.  To bring the story to life, Jacket Media Co., broadcasters of Manufacturing Talk Radio, created The WAM Podcast, where accomplished women interview accomplished women who can share their experiences and encourage women to look across the broad landscape of manufacturing, from the shop floor to the C-Suite, and the expanse of jobs and careers in between, to learn more about this exciting sector of the U.S. economy, and what it might hold for them.

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Recent Episodes

Meet WAM’s Newest Voices: Frances Brunelle and Rosemary Coates

This week on The WAM Podcast, meet WAM’s two newest hosts, Frances Brunelle and Rosemary Coates, as they discuss different sides of the manufacturing industry and the impact that the global economy is having on manufacturing both domestically and internationally. More…


How One Woman’s Vision Is Inspiring A Generation

This week on The WAM Podcast, host, Linda Rigano, speaks with Sabari Raja, Co-founder and CEO of Nepris Inc. Nepris is a first of its kind cloud-based platform that connects educators and learners with a network of industry professionals, bringing real-world relevance and career exposure to all students. According to Sabari, a Gates Foundation study found that 47% of schoolchildrenMore…

ASSP: Stewarding A Legacy Of Safety

This week on The WAM Podcast’s special series with ASSP (American Society of Safety Professionals), host, Jennifer McNelly, speaks with Wells Bullard, the 5th generation CEO of the family-owned safety equipment giant, Bullard. The company was founded in 1898 by Well’s great-great-grandfather as a supply company for copper and gold mines in California and Nevada. More…

Our Hosts

Andrea Olson
CEO of Pragmadik

Andrea Olson

Barbara A. Trautlein, PhD
Principal and Founder of
Change Catalysts

Barbara Trautlein

Desiree Grace
Director of Channel Accounts and Programs for Panduit Corporation

Desiree Grace

Jennifer McNelly
Chief Executive Officer of the American Society of Safety Professionals

Jennifer McNelly

Amy Nicklaus
Managing Partner of Nicklaus Marketing

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Linda Rigano
Principal Consultant of The Rigano Group

WAM Host Linda Rigano

Frances Brunelle

Founder of Accelerated Manufacturing Brokers, Inc


Rosemary Coates

Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute and the President of Blue Silk Consulting,

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