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Women of Today’s Manufacturing Breakfast Series: Problem Solving

March 22, 2023 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am


Join WOTM and the OPSisters for this three-part education series. The OPSisters book, “Steel Toes and Stilettos” was created to inspire female leaders in any organization, showcasing examples of high-performing women thriving in an intense and fast-paced world. Their story provides a powerful case study of women supporting each other in the workplace to drive positive culture and significantly improve business results by leading with authenticity and inclusivity.

There is flexibility to attend one or all sessions. Discount is provided if you purchase the series pass. Breakfast will be provided.

This is a three-part education series presented by our 2023 Education Sponsor – First National Bank of Omaha and hosted at Superior Joining Technologies Inc.


  • Members: FREE
  • Non-Members: $25
  • Series Pass (All 3 sessions): $60


Shannon Karels, Sr. Operations Manager, OPSistersShannon Karels is a Sr. Operations Manager who has led multiple lean transformations and run operations for two large publicly traded corporations, across multiple industries and business models. She started her career in supply chain management and progressed through lean and operations leadership roles. Through this journey, Shannon has improved cultures in numerous manufacturing facilities by leading employee empowerment and engagement, and building highly successful teams, with a focus on business results. Shannon is known for leading accountable organizations built on trusting relationships that improve the companies’ profitability and customer experience. Shannon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management from Western Michigan University.
Kathy Miller, Senior Operations Executive, OPSistersKathy Miller is a Senior Operations Executive who has held numerous global vice president and director roles both in manufacturing and lean enterprise leadership. Kathy is a Shingo Prize Recipient for Large Businesses as a Plant Manager. She started her career in Operations as a 17- year-old co-op student at a vehicle assembly plant, and progressed through engineering, marketing, lean manufacturing and operations leadership roles, working for four large publicly traded corporations in executive roles. Kathy is a transformational leader who consistently delivers impressive business results through team development, process discipline and continuous improvement. Kathy is known for creation of inclusive cultures based on trust, respect, and accountability. Kathy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Kettering University (formerly GMI Engineering and Management Institute), a Master’s Degree of Business Administration from Ball State University, and a Master’s Degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Kathy was inducted into the Women in Manufacturing Hall of Fame in 2021.


Contact Name: Camryn Tunney

Contact Email ctunney@imec.org


March 22, 2023
7:30 am - 9:00 am
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Superior Joining Technologies
1260 Turret Drive
Machesney Park, IL United States
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