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Tuesday, 31 May 2016 20:46

WIN Accepts Sponsorship from AkzoNobel & Presents 'Cornerstone Award' During Educational Conference

The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) 2016 Educational Conference was held May 2-4 in Tampa, FL.  This year’s program celebrated the tenth anniversary of WIN’s formation with the theme “Power of the Past-Force of the Future.”  AkzoNobel presented WIN with a $12,500 “WIN Technology Initiative Founder’s Sponsorship.”


WIN stated, "As a method of ensuring that WIN is able to sustain and grow its mission of engaging women in the Collision Repair Industry, AkzoNobel has provided the initial investment required to enable the organization to achieve one of its key strategic initiatives for 2016: moving the organization to a technology platform that can support all of its current and future needs."

In presenting the sponsorship funds, Jennifer Solcz, marketing manager for AkzoNobel Vehicle Refinishes in North America, noted the significance of WIN by saying, “This resource delivers a method of networking and education at multiple levels which enables sustainable growth for those that actively choose to participate and for those yet to come.”

Petra Schroeder, WIN’s new chair, accepted the sponsorship, saying, “We are extremely grateful to AkzoNobel.  With this wonderful sponsorship, they have provided WIN with the opportunity to grow and further support diversity and sustainability in our industry through engagement of women.” 

In the future, a “WIN Technology Sponsorship” will be established as an opportunity for other organizations and/or individuals to support WIN’s ongoing technology needs.

Additionally, Shellie Andrews of Dana's Collision Center-CSN and Katie Henwood were presented the WIN Cornerstone Award by Denise Caspersen, National Autobody Parts Warehouse, Inc. and WIN’s immediate past chair.

"WIN is fortunate to have many diverse talents contributing to the success of this all-volunteer organization. This year's WIN Cornerstones represent a longevity of altruism that reaches beyond just one task or one moment, but many that impact
WIN's future," stated Caspersen. "Over the past six years, Katie Henwood has been instrumental in the formulation, execution and success of WIN's main event: the WIN Education Conference. For the many that know Katie, it's her quiet, steady approach that brings strength and calm to WIN. Shellie Andrews, who began her service filling an open seat, serves without hesitation on nearly every WIN committee. Shellie takes on tasks that both fit her skill set and stretch her personal strength. WIN is built by many hands making light work, and as WIN continues its growth and engagement, it's the volunteers’ willingness to lend their time and talent that is the force of WIN's future."

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