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The Women in Finishing (WiF) FORUM features a variety of professional and personal development sessions and workshops geared toward women, as well as networking and team building activities. Through unique programming, participants will learn new ways to deal with issues that impact effectiveness, maximize professional impact, build strategies for success, and much more.

All women who have chosen or are pursuing a career in industrial finishing, from the finishing line to executive management, are invited and encouraged to attend the WiF FORUM.


May 6th - 8th, 2019

CCAI Announces 2020 Women in Finishing FORUM
May 6-8 at the University of Notre Dame

LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL., August 13, 2019 – The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) announces the second annual Women in Finishing FORUM will be held at the Embassy Suites South Bend at Notre Dame from May 6-8, 2020. “After a highly successful inaugural event, we are thrilled to return to South Bend in 2020. The Embassy Suites and the University of Notre Dame proved to be an ideal location for the FORUM,” states Sheila LaMothe, CCAI’s vice president of strategic initiatives and Women in Finishing program manager.

CCAI began its Women in Finishing (WiF) initiative at FABTECH 2017 in Chicago. An overwhelming response led to an expanded program with a focus on professional development and networking for women with careers in industrial finishing, including the Women in Finishing FORUM.

The 2019 Women in Finishing FORUM received extremely positive evaluations, generating excitement for future FORUMs. Laura Beach of Lippert Components summed up her experience, noting, “Gaining a community of women with a variety of backgrounds but with the common connection of a career in finishing/manufacturing was invaluable, and the sessions were engaging and informative. I truly appreciated the time spent at the FORUM and I look forward to attending again in the future!” Comments from other FORUM participants echoed Laura’s sentiments and included statements like, “Excellent meeting, especially for a first event. The topics were informative, and I enjoyed how they were tied to working in manufacturing/finishing as women.” And, “I really enjoyed this event! It was awesome to have such a strong group of women to learn and grow from; it was a very inspiring group.” “Building on the success of this year’s event, program development is already underway for 2020. We have some exciting things in the works and expect significant growth for next year’s FORUM,” added LaMothe. As they become available, details including program information, registration and sponsorship opportunities can be found by visiting ccaiweb.com/WiF.

About Women in Finishing

Powered by the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI), Women in Finishing (WiF) provides a platform that fosters professional and personal development for women who have chosen or are pursuing a career in the industrial finishing industry. WiF is inclusive of all levels and responsibilities within the finishing industry, from the finishing line to executive management. For more information, visit ccaiweb.com/WiF.

About the Chemical Coaters Association International

The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) is a technical and professional organization that provides information and training on surface coating technologies. CCAI works to raise the standards of finishing operations through educational meetings and seminars, training manuals, educational videos, and outreach programs with schools, colleges and universities. For more information, visit www.ccaiweb.com.