Women in Industry Woman of the Year Award 

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Women in Industry Woman of the Year Award 

The Women in Industry Division’s Woman of the Year award recognizes women who have demonstrated excellence in leading, motivating, and developing others within the pulp, paper, tissue, packaging and supporting industries. She has had an impact on those around her and has motivated and developed others around her.

Nominees should have demonstrated the following qualities: 

LEADERSHIP:  Has demonstrated excellent leadership skills within their company, community and/or volunteer activities. Leading by example.

IMPACT:  Has had a visible and/or tangible impact on fellow employees, whether subordinates or others within their company, through actions or activities.

DEVELOPING OTHERS:  Has been dedicated to mentoring within or outside of her company, provided support for rising professionals, and been actively engaged in career coaching.

PRESENCE:  Possesses visibility within their organization or field, demonstrates high integrity in actions and words, and portrays an image of strength and confidence that inspires. 

DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, EQUITY: Nominee actively fosters a diverse and inclusive environment in all that they do.

Requirements for Selection:
An individual employed in the pulp, paper, board, tissue or supporting industry. While encouraged, nominees do not have to be TAPPI members.


Submission Deadline:
The nomination form must be submitted by December 18th.

Selection and Presentation:
The Women of the Year is selected by the Women in Industry Executive Council and the Women in Industry Celebrating Women Leaders Subcommittee. The awardee will be named in late winter of the following year with the award presented at TAPPICon.

2023 Woman of the Year Winners

Beth C Jennifer P

TAPPI is pleased to announce Beth Cormier, SAPPI and Jennifer Piercy, NCSU as this years Women of the Year selected by the Women in Industry Executive Council and the Women in Industry Celebrating Women Leaders Subcommittee .

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Past Honorees:

2017 Nicki Slusser, Jackson Paper Manufacturing Company
2018 Nickie Parker, WestRock
2019 Kathy Buckman Gibson, Buckman

2020 Adele Elice-Invaso, APPITA

2021 Paula Hajakian, USG

2022 Deanna L. Duram, PE, Trinity Consultants

2023 Beth Cormier, Sappi NA 2023, Jennifer Piercy, North Carolina State University


Please visit TAPPI’s Awards and Scholarships to submit your nomination today!


The Division Leadership and Service Award

The Division Leadership and Service Award is intended to recognize an individual for outstanding leadership and exceptional service to the Women in Industry Division which have resulted in significant and demonstrable benefits to the Division's members.

2018 Heather B. Jennings, Probiotic Solutions
2021 Maja Mejsner, Valmet

2022 Paula Hajakian, USG

2023 Sarah Loner, Solenis