Electrical Trends: 17th NAED Women in Industry Forum…1100 Strong

17th NAED Women in Industry

17th NAED Women in Industry Forum Sets Attendance Record

NAED’s 17th Women in Industry Forum, held from June 3-5, 2024, in Arlington, Texas, drew a record 1,100 participants, marking it as the largest NAED event in recent years. Designed for professional women at all career stages, the forum provided actionable takeaways aimed at enhancing both personal and professional lives. Attendees engaged in a variety of activities, starting with a charitable “Calm Down Kits” project in partnership with Girls, Inc. Highlights included a “fireside chat” with Farrah Mittel of Schaedler-Yesco, who shared leadership insights during her acceptance of the Trailblazer award. The event also featured keynote speakers like Randi Braun, who discussed breaking the confidence code, and Molly Murphy of Eaton, who covered industry trends such as electrification and infrastructure. Participants benefited from a range of breakout sessions on topics like negotiation, efficiency, and career development, and networked at events including a Texas Rangers game and a dinner at AT&T Stadium.

Notably, the forum saw the active participation of NAED’s new President and CEO, Wes Smith, and Board Chairman Paul Kennedy, reflecting significant industry support. The event, with its sold-out status, highlighted the growing engagement of women in the electrical industry. Key sponsors included prominent companies like Eaton, ABB, and Wesco, demonstrating widespread backing for the initiative. The forum’s success, bolstered by diverse programming and leadership involvement, underscored the NAED’s commitment to fostering a vibrant and inclusive professional community, setting an ambitious precedent for future events.

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