Women in Welding: Design in the Workplace 2022


March 29, 2022

Virtual Conference

 
Lincoln Electric
Miller
Sponsors

Location
VIRTUAL


AWS Contact
Sarai Claveria
sclaveria@aws.org



Benefits
3 PDHs Earned

Overview

Women in Welding: Design in the Workplace

From equipment and PPE to blueprints and building layouts to the finished product, good design keeps us safe, comfortable, effective, and productive while making attractive and durable products and services. Design Thinking is an iterative process in which we seek to understand the user, challenge assumptions, and redefine problems to identify alternative strategies and solutions that can improve the quality of your work experience and the quantity of your output.

During this one-day mini-conference, attendees will hear from women in the industry who design PPE, create blueprints, design and develop products and services, and how they got into doing it. You may be using Design Thinking instinctively, but this conference will help you use it more intentionally and have your work make a more meaningful impact.

Register today to hear about the impact of design in the workplace, our greater environment, and the design thinking process—while earning PDHs.


 

keynote speaker & moderator


Samantha Farrugia, Women Who Weld, Executive Director & Founder
Samantha Farrugia

Executive Director & Founder

Women Who Weld

 
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Samantha Farrugia created Women Who Weld, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that teaches women how to weld and find employment in the welding industry, in 2014 while pursuing her Master in Urban Planning at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. Samantha has trained over 400 women to weld, and was recognized by InStyle as one of the ‘Badass 50 Women Who Are Changing the World’ and was recently featured on The Today Show for her work in creating economic opportunities for women and diversifying a male-dominated industry. Prior to receiving her master’s degree, Samantha oversaw business development for, and the acquisition of, a technology start-up in New York City.



organizing committee


Monica Pfarr

Executive Director

AWS Foundation

Samantha Farrugia

Executive Director & Founder

Women Who Weld

speakers


Gabrielle Shelton
Gabrielle Shelton

Owner

Shelton Studios

 
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Shelton Studios Inc was formed in 2000 by sculptor Gabrielle Shelton. A Los Angeles native, Gabrielle earned her BFA at the Art Institute of Chicago before moving to Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 1995. Shelton Studios operates out of a 2500 sq. ft. studio in Greenpoint and focuses on the tradition of craft as it applies to functional and decorative objects.

Shelton Studios Inc specializes in architectural metal fabrication and the fabrication of sculptures for artists. The studio works closely with architects, designers, artists and contractors to produce and coordinate the specialized needs of each project. Services include fabrication, machining, and finishing. Materials used are carbon steel, brass, bronze, aluminum, zinc, copper, iron, and stainless steel.

In addition to commissioned work, Gabrielle continues to produce her line of custom library ladders, bathroom accessories and shelving as well as her own sculptures and custom chess and checkers sets. To learn more, please email Shelton Studios at info@sheltonstudiosinc.com.

Tricia Ruby
Tricia Ruby

President & CEO

Ruby & Associates

 
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As President and CEO, Tricia steers the Ruby ship. Her industrial engineering background allows her to see the big picture, set a direction and build an effective team to get it done. Over her many years at Ruby, she has performed or managed all of the key business functions – everything except the structural engineering. She leaves that to the supremely capable engineering staff at Ruby.

Mostly, she enjoys building a strong culture at Ruby that includes great people, trust, laughter, respect, and food. Lots of food. And maybe some beer too. Tricia is passionate about industry and community involvement. In 2019, she was elected to serve on the Construction Association of Michigan Board of Directors. She also serves on the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Code of Standard Practice Committee. She served as a Board Director for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)/Michigan and was Chair of the ACEC National Small Firms Council. Tricia was also Co-Chair for the Construction Association of Michigan Building Connections event, benefiting the Boy Scouts of America.
Outside of the industry, Tricia is immediate past Chair of the Board of Trustees and serves on several committees for the Judson Center, a local non-profit human services agency serving children and families impacted by abuse and neglect, autism, developmental disabilities, and mental health challenges. She also served as Chair for the 2018 Go Red Goes STEM event in Detroit, an American Heart Association initiative aimed at empowering girls to take control of their health, and to consider STEM careers.

In 2016, Tricia was honored with Vistage Michigan’s Soaring Eagle Award, the top award given within the chief executive membership group. She was selected by dBusiness Magazine as a member of their 2017 Powered by Women class, and she was nominated and selected for Leadership Detroit’s Class XXXIX, a diverse pool of professionals from across Southeast Michigan. In 2018, she was selected as an honoree by the Rhonda Walker Foundation as a Powerful Woman of Purpose in STEM, and she was honored as a Salute to Diversity Business Leader by Corp! Magazine. Most recently in 2019, Tricia was honored by Crain’s Detroit as a Notable Woman in STEM; by the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan as Tough Enough to Be a Girl Scout, and she received the National Community Service Award from ACEC.

Tricia holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, and a MS in Manufacturing Management from Kettering University.


Tina Picciuto-Norris
Tina Picciuto-Norris

Design Manager Global Product (CCG/PPE)

Carhartt

 
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Presentation: Product Design Process and the Impact of Consumer Insights
High-level overview of the Carhartt Design process and thinking, centered around consumer driven insights. Our deep commitment to meeting and exceeding the needs of our core consumers helps to drive continued design innovation.

BIO: Tina Picciuto-Norris is the Global Product Design Manager in charge of Carhartt Company Gear (a new Carhartt division, focusing on uniform workwear solutions) and PPE at Carhartt. Tina has worked at Carhartt for 18 years and was one of the first product designers hired at the company. Since then, she has helped mold the direction and aesthetic of the brand’s workwear DNA, as the design team and product offering has continued to grow. In her role, she is proud to support and drive future design innovation under this new Carhartt Company Gear umbrella.

Tina graduated from Central Michigan University, with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Apparel Design and Textiles Concentration with a Minor in Business Management. Prior to Carhartt, Tina worked as a product designer in streetwear culture with brands Pelle Pelle Mark Buchanan, Mark Ecko Unlimited, and Schott NYC Clothing. Some of her most memorable career moments include producing fashion shows at NYC’s 7th on Sixth, Las Vegas, and South Beach; design projects with celebrities such as OutKast, Korn, 50 Cent, and George Clinton, and building the first uniform assortment by Carhartt for United Airlines.

Music, streetwear culture, and apparel are still a big part of Tina’s self-expression and personal interests. However, her husband, family, friends, and her cat take precedence. Spending time with her many nieces and nephews, traveling, and experiencing new things are all important to her for a successful and rewarding life.

 

SCHEDULE
*Conference Schedule Subject to Change

MAR

29

Half Day (4 Hours)
1:00pm – 5:00pm (EST)

1:00 – 1:15pm Welcome & Introductions
Samantha Farrugia
1:15 – 1:45pm Keynote: Samantha Farrugia
Women Who Weld
1:45 – 2:15pm Tricia Ruby
President & CEO
Ruby & Associates
2:15 – 2:30pm Break

2:30 – 3:00pm Tina Picciuto-Norris
Design Manager Global Product (CCG/PPE)
Carhartt
3:00 – 3:30pm Gabrielle Shelton
Owner
Shelton Studios
3:30 – 4:00pm Discussion Panel with Speakers
Samantha Farrugia
4:00pm Wrap-up / Final Thoughts
Samantha Farrugia

registration & Pricing

Registration


Deadline: Monday, March 28, 2022 at 6pm


Technical Program
3 PDHs Earned


Pricing
Member
Nonmember
Regular
Students

* For non-member students, registration is free if you sign up for an AWS student membership at a $15 fee


All cancellations MUST BE IN WRITING. If you cancel 35 DAYS PRIOR to the school you will receive a refund of 50%. If you cancel from 34 DAYS to 3 DAYS PRIOR to the conference, you will receive a refund of 10%. NO REFUNDS will be given 3 DAYS or less prior to the conference.

Registrations are non-transferable.


 


SPONSORSHIPS

*Sponsorships Subject to Change


WIW Sponsorship

Benefits Include:

  • One Complimentary Registration for Company Representative
  • Company Logo and Link to their Website on WIW Landing Page
  • Company Logo placements during Virtual Event break


Video or Ad

Benefits Include:

  • Company Video (2 mins) or Ad highlighted during the Conference
  • Company Logo and Link to their Website on WIW Landing Page
  • Company Logo Displayed during Virtual Conference Break

 
For More Info on Sponsorships
Sarai Claveria
sclaveria@aws.org


 

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