Thriving in the New Normal: A Young Professionals Perspective

Most of us never expected to live through a global pandemic during our lifetime. But we did and now we must to look toward the future, to our new normal. How does each generation overcome the challenges brought by the COVID crisis? How have young professionals (YPs) just starting their careers fared? What can the industry do to create a positive company culture to attract and retain this critical generation? TAPPICon 2021 addresses this key issue during its May virtual event.

TAPPICon VIRTUAL, May 4-6, 2021, features a Young Professionals panel discussion focused on Thriving in the New Normal: How to Develop Your Workforce and Enhance Company Culture Post-COVID. Panelists discuss how to facilitate workforce development and strengthen company culture while the industry continues to face unique and unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Attendees will hear an intro from each panelist and then participate in two break-out rooms where they can engage in topic-specific discussions, each hosted by two panelists.

Moderator Garrett Fisher, Technical Service Engineer, Tate & Lyle, will anchor the four participating panelists, including:

  • Larry Anker, Director of Commercial Operations, Solenis
  • Lauren Baksh, Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition, Graphic Packaging International
  • Marcina Rogers, Quality Technical Leader, International Paper
  • Cristine Schulz, Sustainability Leader, Kimberly-Clark Professional

Learn more about the Young Professional session.


TAPPICon 2021, developed and produced by TAPPI, is a two-part technical conference offering attendees a chance to learn from experts and engage in in-depth conversations both virtually and in-person. Part one, TAPPICon VIRTUAL, features four hours of content each day. The virtual program offers topic-specific tracks including nonwovens, coating and graphic arts, maintenance and reliability, management, papermaking, papermaking additives, papermaking fundamentals, process control, recycled paperboard, tissue and young professionals. The virtual format allows participants to stay abreast of critical issues and find potential solutions to their unique problems, safely and conveniently from their home, office or mill.


TAPPICon 2021 part two, TAPPICon LIVE!, October 3-6, 2021 in Atlanta, GA, offers a face-to-face event including a comprehensive technical conference, an exhibit hall, courses, and an awards ceremony recognizing Industry leaders. The event provides professionals from around the world a platform to discuss key issues, new advancements/technologies and strategies for future success. It also offers multiple networking opportunities for attendees to reconnect with their peers and build new business contacts.

Selfie Shuffle – Runnability 5k Fun Run/Walk

Attendee health and safety is TAPPI’s primary concern, so this year TAPPI's 17th Annual Runnability Fun Run/Walk will be held individually. Participants can safely run or walk on their own schedule, at any location, between May 4-18, 2021 and send TAPPI their results. All proceeds go to support the Scholarship Funds for TAPPI's Engineering Division, Process Control Division, Process and Product Quality Division, Paper and Board Division, and Coating and Graphic Arts Division. There will be no Fun Run/Walk in the fall. Learn more.

Registration Discount

Attendees can save 15% off their TAPPICon LIVE! registration and receive an Early Bird discount if they register for both the VIRTUAL and LIVE! programs. That’s more than a $600 savings. TAPPICon also offers mills special discounts to send multiple people or teams.

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