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UnPACKed with PMMI Podcast

With the UnPACKed with PMMI podcast, you can listen to us anywhere on the go, in the comfort of your home, in the office – whenever you find the time. You’ll hear from industry influencers, executive Q&As, case studies and more as we dive into your most pressing business challenges. 

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Sealing the Deal: Unwrapping the Art of Negotiation

Guest: Angela Hall, Associate Professor, Michigan State University and Joyce Longfield, Principal of HPP applications, Good Foods Group

Negotiation is a skill that holds significant importance in career development, yet it's not always innate for many individuals. The question we're exploring today is: Can negotiation be learned? 


Empowering Women in Packaging and Processing: A Conversation with Manjit Minhas

Guest: Manjit Minhas, Co-founder & CEO at Minhas Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries

In this episode, Minhas discusses her journey from building an empire, work-life balance, negotiation, imposter syndrome to risk-taking. Plus, her love for STEM, community, and daily learning.


Mastering the Art of Networking in Packaging and Processing Jobs

Guests: Nancy Wilson, the CEO of Morrison Container Handling Solutions and Melanie Denny, a personal branding consultant and self-marketing expert

In this episode, we delve into the world of networking within the packaging and processing industry. The Packaging and Processing Women’s Leadership Network, powered by PMMI, has launched a series of educational Learning Circles, and this one focuses on the essential skills that can propel your career forward, no matter your role.

How the Finances of Manufacturing Impacts All

Guests: Lisa Propati, VP & GM at WLS, a ProMach brand, and Bob Hersh, national managing principal at Grant Thorton

This episode dive into business acumen, exploring why understanding the financial side of manufacturing, is important to career development, regardless of role.



Changing the Rules of the Game

Guests: Dawn Hudson, Former Chief Marketing Officer at the National Football League and Former President and CEO of Pepsi Cola North America and PepsiCo Foodservice, Stephanie Neil, Editor-in-Chief of OEM Magazine

Hudson describes her earliest days when only 1 in 10 in advertising were female and navigating the male-dominated rooms she walked into in the NFL. She also provides insight into how to navigate microaggressions and the importance of authenticity in the workplace.

Women in Packaging and Processing: A Path to Personal and Professional Success

Guests: Lisa Rathburn, VP of engineering, T. Marzetti Company

Hear Rathburn provide success stories, inspiration, and tips that will help and encourage women currently in the industry and offer guidance for young women looking to manufacturing as a career.


Steel Toes and Stilletos: Femininity in Manufacturing

Guests: Kathy Miller, Co-founder, OPSisters and Shannon Karels, Co-founder, OPSisters

OEM Editor Stephanie Neil discusses the book “Steel Toes and Stilettos” with authors Kathy Miller and Shannon Karels, complete with advice for women on navigating a career in manufacturing. 



Wicked Good Insight on The New World of Work

Guests: Tracey Noonan, CEO and co-founder, Wicked Good Cupcakes and Stephanie Neil, Editor in Chief OEM Magazine

On this episode, Neil discusses with Noonan how she and her daughter began their cupcake journey, the need to accept and learn from mistakes and even delves into how Wicked Good Cupcakes could find a more sustainable package for its product. 



Help Wanted, and Fast!

Guest: Stephanie Neil, Editor in Chief, OEM Magazine

This episode goes beyond the numbers and the data points and gets to the real crux of the issues causing manufacturing to continue to have a hard time filling well-paying positions.



 Empathy & Authenticity Steer Bumble Bee Seafood Through CHAOS

Guests:Jan Tharp, President & CEO, The Bumble Bee Seafood Company and Stephanie Neil, Editor-in-Chief, OEM Magazine

On this episode of UnPACKed with PMMI, OEM Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Neil and Bumble Bee Seafood President and CEO Jan Tharp, dive into Tharp’s role as a leader through chaos at Bumble Bee while also providing insight into the current state of the global food industry.


PACK EXPO Rewind: Financial Empowerment and Fixing the Broken Rung

Guests: Kweilin Ellingrud, McKinsey & Company, Kelly Coyne, Impax Asset Management LLC and Pax Ellevate Management LLC and Stephanie Neil, Editor-in-Chief, OEM Magazine

Hear keynote speakers from the Packaging & Processing Women's Leadership Network's "Financial Empowerment and Fixing the Broken Rung" breakfast continue the conversation about the power of parity, accelerating gender equality and share research from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) “Women in the Workplace 2019” report.



Bridging the Skills Gap Through Industry Partnerships

Guests: Patty Andersen Vice President, Human Resources & Training, Delkor Systems and Vice Chairperson at PMMI and Jeff Thorstad, Automation Robotics Engineering Technologies Program, Hennepin Technical College

As one of the industries that remained in operation during the past four months, packaging and processing companies are seeing not only an increase in production, but also in the need for skilled workers. Unfortunately, the demand for trained labor comes during a time period when manufacturers were already having a hard time filling positions on their operations teams. Join Delkor Systems' Patty Andersen and Hennepin Technical College's Jeff Thorstad, in this UnPACKed with PMMI podcast episode to hear guidance on solving the puzzle of bridging the skills gap.



PACK EXPO Rewind: Exploring New Territories with Ellen Ochoa

Guests: Ellen Ochoa, first Hispanic woman to go to space, and Stephanie Neil, Editor, OEM

Over 700 women (and men) attended PMMI’s Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network breakfast in Las Vegas where they were captivated by speaker Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman in space and the second female director of the Johnson Space Center. In this podcast, you’ll hear more about Ellen’s story and her leadership advice.



Tackling Glass Ceilings

Guest: Dr. Jen Welter, first female to serve as an NFL coach, and Stephanie Neil, Editor-in-Chief, OEM Magazine

During the 2019 Annual Meeting Dr. Jen Welter, the first female to serve as an NFL coach, breaks down how to reach your full potential, her experiences in a male-dominated industry and the importance of authenticity in leadership.





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