A Letter from PPWLN Co-Chairs

April 2018


The Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network (PPWLN) is making a lot of headway in its start-up formation to shape the future of packaging and processing.  The group addresses a challenge that has persisted in this industry for decades, and with every challenge there is opportunity and hope. PPWLN is on a mission to help shatter that glass ceiling and create a path for women to advance their careers in packaging, processing and machine building. We also want to help open the doors of opportunity for others who want to build a rewarding future for themselves in this dynamic industry.

Let’s face it, there are not many young people who think of manufacturing as a career path. We need to change mindsets and demonstrate that manufacturing is alive and well, and that viable, dynamic and vast career opportunities exist.  As a collective group, we need to erase the stigma about manufacturing, create the awareness of the many career opportunities available and continue to support and build a strong industry of leaders.

Together, PPWLN members will raise awareness of the unique qualities that women bring to the packaging and processing industry, as well as shine a spotlight on the advancements within our companies that make working there a lucrative and gratifying career option.

As the co-chairs of PPWLN, we have spent the last few months talking about how we can move forward to make a difference. Because this group is represented by individuals working on both the CPG and OEM side, we are in a unique position to unite and spearhead change. Can you feel the shift? Because it’s happening. So, let’s continue the momentum!

This is going to be a great year, and we look forward to seeing everyone in Philadelphia on April 17th for our first PPWLN regional meeting. It promises to be an eye-opening and educational event!


Best regards,

Jan Tharp, EVP and COO
Bumble Bee Seafoods
Co-Chair, PPWLN

Sharron Gilbert, President & CEO
Septimatech Group Inc.
Co-Chair, PPWLN