Mill Superintendent’s Roundtable and Virtual Workshop Focus on Successful Leadership

As mills struggle to adjust to the ever-changing business climate as a result of the global pandemic, they are finding an even greater need to stay connected, to problem solve and to share information. TAPPI’s PIMA Division’s Innovation and Leadership Conference Series, held virtually throughout the month of September, provides a platform for industry leaders including executives, mill and corrugated plant managers, emerging leaders, and suppliers to engage in high-level discussions about critical topics affecting the future success of the industry.

Conference attendees have the unique opportunity to hear from expert panelists during each session and participate in an interactive Q&A. Attendee, Jaclyn Epstein, Sales and Marketing Strategy Manager, Mica Corporation commented, “The PIMA Virtual Conference provides a forum to connect with other industry leaders and discuss important challenges.”

On Wednesday, September 23 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., industry professionals have the opportunity to hear from a panel of mill veterans as they discuss how to lead in a time of COVID-19. The session, “Couch Pit University Superintendent’s Roundtable,” focuses on key challenges the panelists currently face and how they are leading their mill through this difficult time. Topics addressed include safety, development, engagement and leadership. Panelists include:

  • Moderator Keith Kemp, AstenJohnson
  • Ron Sherman, Graphic Packaging International (PIMA Supt of the Year)
  • Greg Linscott, Domtar
  • John Hamilton, WestRock
  • Gary Nyman, International Paper

On Thursday, September 24 industry professionals have the unique opportunity to attend a live virtual workshop from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Focusing on effective teamwork and mastering change, this unique session, “Problem Solving & Creating Positive Change,” will help attendees enhance their leadership skills. The workshop will also discuss how to avoid common traps leaders and teams face.

The final session in the Conference Series takes place on Wednesday, September 30. Attendees will hear from a prestigious panel of industry executives, including Michael Carroll, VP Innovation, Georgia Pacific, Kimberly Nelson Chief Technology Officer, Nanocellulose, GranBio, and John Panichella, CEO, Solenis, who will discuss how strong leadership can foster a culture of innovation. Paper360° Senior Editors Graeme Rodden and Mark Rushton will moderate a recorded virtual discussion with these leaders from both the manufacturing and supplier side of our industry. Take advantage of the opportunity to have your concerns addressed by pre-submitting discussion questions. Email your panel questions to Paper360° editor, Jan Bottiglieri at [email protected].

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There is a nominal charge of $39 for TAPPI members to attend the five remaining conference sessions, or $29 per session. For non-members, the cost is $213 for the remaining sessions, or $49 per session. There are additional discounts for Young Professionals, students, and retired professionals.