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

Remaining Teachable with Rachel Liaw, Co-Founder of Fuse Inventory

Rachel Liaw first built Fuse Inventory to give supply chain professionals a better option than excel spreadsheets and legacy ERPs to do their forecasting and inventory planning. Linda Rigano’s latest guest shared what it was like growing up in Honolulu surrounded by lots of family (think “Big Fat Greek Wedding!”) and attending Punahou, the same school former President Obama,… More…

Putting the “Pro” in Procurement with Mary Ann Brennan of 9thWonder

From marketing to real estate, procurement officers need to be jacks-of-all-trades, saddled with the huge responsibility of dealing with the many third-parties needed to run an organization. Today, host Rosemary Coates interviews the COO of 9thWonder, Mary Ann Brennan, about why procurement is so vital to modern companies. We open by touching on Mary Ann’s career highlights before… More…

Recognizing Opportunities, Solving Problems, and Finding Needs with Courtney Wright

Today on the WAM podcast, we welcome to the show, Courtney Wright. Courtney is the CEO of Gemini Builds It! and Showcase Acrylics. Prior to Gemini, Courtney founded CDW Merchants, the leading provider of 3D virtual retail displays and e-commerce gift packaging for the nation’s top retailers, including Kate Spade, Sperry’s, and Club Monaco. In 2016, she sold CDW to a global billion-dollar…. 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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Emily Soloby
Founder and CEO of Juno Jones

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