School District 95’s Inaugural Community Leaders forum features HM Manufacturing President Nicole Wolter
In late January, District 95 hosted it’s first Community Leaders Forum. Throughout the event, highly successful community leaders provided guidance and advice to the district’s parents and students. The panel was moderated by Jim Vaselopulos, Founder and CEO of Rafti Advisors, Inc. and featured John Alan Sfire of The Fidelity Group, JB Hanson, Lake Zurich’s head varsity boys cross country coach, and Skyler Goodman, lead pastor for Heritage Church in Lake Zurich, along with our President and CEO Nicole Wolter.
In addition to the valuable insight provided by the panelists, Nicole highlighted how her unique story has strengthened herself and facilitated our company’s growth. She also provided advice for young people hoping to emulate her success, stressing the value of extracurricular activities in building skills that they can apply later in their lives, in any career. For example, Nicole said that “sports teach you how to deal with pressure… having a team with everyone relying on you…” is just as applicable to her job as it is to athletic competitions. She also stressed that it is ok to not know everything. “You want to surround yourself with different people that know different things.”
To view the whole video and hear all of Nicole and the panelists’ advice, head to CLF
Here at HM Manufacturing we realize there is more to a business than just making money. Building relationships with fellow members in our industry and promoting the future of manufacturing is also greatly important to us. This is why our president and CEO Nicole Wolter is an active role model to young women interested in the field of manufacturing.
On Monday, October 30th, 2017, several manufacturing companies participated in a roundtable discussion with Congressman Randy Hultgren. Their discussions focused on how to get young women not only interested in manufacturing careers, but also help them succeed in the field. The event was graciously hosted by Valley Industrial Association president Kathy Gilmore at their headquarters, with industry leaders Janice Christiansen (J.C. Schultz/Flag Source), Rose of Sharon Devos (Pioneer Service Inc.), Gail Hernley (TekPak), Stacia Hobson (Image Industries), Mary Ann Mings (Suncast Corporation), Dr. Christine Sobek (Waubonsee Community College), and our very own Nicole Wolter filling out the rest of the roundtable.
While there is still much work to do, the “Women in Manufacturing” roundtable was able to pin down some good places to start. Nicole believes groups of women should be encouraged to take shop and manufacturing related classes together to better foster support. It is important that manufacturing classes are presented as a valid option for young women; a manufacturing career is not only viable, but also incredibly rewarding. Members of the “Women in Manufacturing” roundtable are partnering with local high schools and colleges, like Waubonsee Community College, to promote manufacturing classes. The members are also working with training organizations, trade schools, and Rep. Hultgren to develop avenues such as paid internships and apprentice programs. The internships and apprentice programs will work towards college credit or certificate programs to better ensure a future for women in manufacturing.
Many young women don’t view manufacturing as a career option, which is why Nicole is dedicated to showing them how rewarding working in manufacturing can be. In addition to participating in roundtables like this one, she is on the advisory board for McHenry High School’s manufacturing program. She also donates her time speaking in front of young women in STEM classes so they can put a face to a potential career choice. HM Manufacturing is committed to offering internships in both our offices and shop to these insightful and intrepid youths. Efforts like these can inspire young women to enter the manufacturing industry and offer new and innovative ideas.