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

How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes with Sarah Rathke

Today on the WAM podcast, host Rosemary Coates discusses supply chains and the law along with our guest, Sarah Rathke. Sarah is a Partner at the international law firm of Squire Patton Boggs and coauthor, along with Rosemary, of the book Legal Blacksmith: How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes. Sarah possesses some really outstanding legal skills along with an in-depth…. More…

A One-Of-A-Kind Publication for the Mold-Making Industry

Hear about the origins of MMT, what the brand focuses on, the importance of being both a print and digital publication, and how they encourage their print readership to also explore online content. Perhaps not surprisingly, Christina mentions the skills gap and the lack of motivation in newcomers as the biggest obstacles in the mold manufacturing industry, and she suggests how manufacturers can get More…

Meet Emily Soloby: Empowering Women to Find their Voice & Boot Style

Our guest today, Emily Soloby, has been on a mission to help women since the start of her career. From being a women’s rights lawyer to owning two companies, Emily has always placed empowerment at the core of what she does. She has moved between many different industries throughout her career, and while she found these moves tough, she also discovered  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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