Women in Manufacturing APICS-SFV Panel


October 18, 2018
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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Orange Grove Bistro at CSUN
Orange Grove Bistro on Matador Road, Enter on Zelzah, just north of Nordhoff. Before parking, go to Information booth on Lindley and get a "GUEST" parking pass.
Northridge, CA

Professional Development Meeting

October is manufacturing month and APICS-SFV is celebrating the women who have worked and currently work in manufacturing. We will have a panel of professional women who will share with us their experiences of the past and will give us advise on the future.  

This lively panel discussion will help connect the experiences of our professionals with our young professionals and students. The topics will range from viewing women in manufacturing from a historical point of view to the current day, and looking into the future. Currently, while 50% of women make up the entire labor force, only 29% are represented in manufacturing, and there's room to grow.

This meeting is a great opportunity to hear a different point of view and to learn of the challenges and rewards of working in manufacturing. Come to learn how to navigate the world of manufacturing and learn the skills necessary to be successful.

“Manufacturing means honoring the people who built this country yesterday, supporting those who continue to do so today and giving more Americans the opportunity to do so tomorrow. I'm convinced that the more girls and women hear these Honorees' stories about what modern manufacturing looks like and what's possible in it, the more they'll dare to dream of what they can do in manufacturing too. The women we've honored have the potential to inspire a new generation of manufacturers."

Carolyn Lee, Executive Director, The Manufacturing Institute

About our Panelists:

Lisa Anderson, president LMA Consulting Group Inc., and APICS Inland Empire, is known as the Manufacturing Business TransformerSM and is a leading expert in bridging the gap between supply chain strategy and execution to dramatically improve service levels, accelerate cash flow and maximize profits.   Lisa was recognized as the 16th most influential supply chain influencer by SAP, was named a top 100 supply chain blogger worldwide by SupplyChainOpz and she has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, ABC News and the Los Angeles Times.

Ellen Kane is VP of finance at APICS San Fernando Valley chapter and a consultant for the ACA group. She has over 20 years of experience in designing and implementing manufacturing and distribution systems (both computer and manual) to solve “real world” problems. She has held data processing and line management positions in several manufacturing companies. Ellen is the founder of Ellen Kane & Associates, a consulting firm which specializes in assisting companies in ERP systems evaluation, selection and implementation and solving manufacturing or distribution problems in a practical, understandable way.

Kelly Ford, Director of Operations at Esterline Engineer Materials. Senior Executive with over 15 years’ experience in general and functional management for aerospace subsystem and component manufacturers. Strengths include program management, strategy development, and implementation, change management, and fostering operational excellence through Enterprise Lean. My hands-on approach, exceptional interpersonal and communication skills have built winning teams that consistently deliver innovative customer solutions.

Shannon Reininger, Production Control Manager at Aerospace Dynamics International. She is a results-driven Materials and Supply Chain professional with 18+ years progressive leadership across diverse aerospace, medical, entertainment and consumer products manufacturing organizations. Expertise in identifying operations process gaps/ weaknesses. Proven ability to implement sustainable shop floor solutions directly impacting productivity & profitability improvements. Experienced instructor with proven talent management and team development skills.

Rawan Ghawi, Founder and Creative Director at RWN by RAWAN, and the former head of Forever 21's Plus Size Division.  She led the worldwide expansion of Forever 21's plus size division for 7 years and now leads her own brand.  She's been featured in multiple articles including Glamour because of her leadership in women's fashion.  “Ghawi was a key figure in growing Forever 21’s plus-size division. This is not just a job for Rawan. She truly loves what she does and it shows in her work,” Alex Ok, President of Forever 21.

The San Fernando Valley Chapter of APICS is focused on providing education and certification in the field of operations and supply chain management.  Please take a moment to pass this notice on to colleagues and professionals who will benefit from this enjoyable and entertaining evening with like-minded professionals looking to improve their company’s operations.

Please register by Thursday, October 11, to receive the $5 discount. Free self-parking is available for all attendees.

No-shows who do NOT cancel at least 3 days before the event, will be billed for their meal.

To cancel, send an e-mail to [email protected] and put Cancel PDM in the subject of the e-mail. Please include your name and the number of people who will be canceling (if you made a reservation for more than 1).


For questions concerning registration only please contact:
[email protected].

You can now pay by check, credit card or cash at the door on the day of the meeting. American Express, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover are now accepted.

Credit Cards Now Accepted

Are you APICS Certified (CPIM, CSCP or CLTD)? This event will count as 1 point towards Certification Maintenance (1 point per educational hour).


$30.00 (Oct) PDM (Signed-in Member)
$35.00 after 12:00 am October 12

$30.00 (Oct) PDM (member-not signed in or member of another chapter)
$35.00 after 12:00 am October 12

$35.00 (Oct) PDM-Non Member Ticket
$40.00 after 12:00 am October 12

$15.00 (Oct) PDM-student price