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

Preparing the Apparel Industry for Automation with Sarah Krasley

There are 75 million workers in the apparel industry, but according to the International Labor Organization, between 60-88% of those workers are at risk of losing their jobs because of automation in the next 10 years. In today’s episode, Linda Rigano interviews Sarah Krasley. Sarah is a fearless entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of Shimmy, a women-owned and operated early-stage fashion tech… More…

Find the Hidden Profit Center in Your Commercial Credit and Collections Team

Today on the WAM podcast, host Linda Rigano interviews Jan Weiss, recently retired from a successful career in commercial credit and collections, across a number of industries. Today, Jan is an active volunteer in numerous local community organizations and is an independent producer for a prominent Broadcasting Service. In this episode, Jan shares her professional journey and gives listeners expert…. More…

Time-Tested Expertise with Kim Alford of KAM Tool & Die

Today on the WAM Podcast, host Frances Brunelle interviews Kim Alford, who is the production manager of KAM Tool & Die of B-Square Precision Group located in Zebulon, North Carolina. Having been a part of this prestigious company since it’s founding in 1995, Kim brings extensive, time-tested expertise in production planning, human resources, and accounting to the manufacturing space. Kim offers valuable…. 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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