NAED Women in Industry Forum hosts record number of participants

Seventeen students attended the Women in Industry forum due to new sponsorship program. -NAED photo

Seventeen students attended the Women in Industry forum due to a new sponsorship program. -NAED photo

The National Association of Electrical Distributors hosted its annual Women in Industry Forum in Denver June 23-25, and saw a huge turnout. This year 272 women attended the forum where they participated in educational sessions for their professional and personal development.

There was a different approach to this year’s event. NAED introduced 17 college students from across the United States to the electrical distribution industry. The forum was organized so female students could network with professional women who have careers in electrical distribution.

These students were able to attend because the following NAED member companies sponsored them:
•    Border States
•    Crum Electric Supply
•    Granite City Electric Supply Company
•    Graybar
•    Hubbell
•    Legrand
•    RAB Lighting
•    Siemens
•    Sonepar
•    Southwire

The forum began on Tuesday, June 23 when Kathy Mazzarella, Graybar Chairman, president and CEO, was recognized as the 2015 NAED Trailblazer Award recipient. Additionally, attendees raised $5,000 to support Girls Inc. of Metro Denver.

Next year’s Women in Industry Forum has been scheduled for June 20-23, 2016 at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra, Fla.

-Bill O’Leary

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