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Women in the Valve Industry

sheri_updikeWhile women are making great strides in many industries, there is still a sizeable gap between the number of men and women in oil and gas, mining, utilities and pulp and paper. In 2009, the gap actually widened, with many women leaving top level positions in those industries as the economy slowed. Currently less than 10% of executive and board member positions in oil and gas companies are held by women.

As the economy slowly rebounds, we spoke with some industry experts to survey the current state of affairs and what opportunities are on the horizon for women in the valve and affiliated industries.

Finding and Keeping Talented Employees

financepersonRecruiting and retaining qualified personnel in this post-recession environment is a challenge in all segments of the economy. This is especially true of finance talent, where issues including retiring baby boomers, regulatory pressures and complex operations are impacting the availability of key finance talent. But a recent presentation by Ken Kunkleman of Deloitte Consulting at the VMA 2012 Finance Leaders Seminar offered excellent strategies to fill this growing need.

Emerson Exchange Brings 2,800+ to Nashville

emerson users exchange 2011 logoThis year’s Emerson Global Users Exchange was held Oct. 24-28 in Nashville, TN. Attendance, which had seen drop-offs in previous years due to the sluggish economy, came surging back this year, with record-setting attendance of more than 2,800.

The event theme, “Exchanging Ideas. Creating Solutions,” was supported by more than 350 technical presentations, including workshops, short courses, technology forums, product roundups, Emerson educational courses, meet-the-experts sessions and technical exhibits.

Leading a Spirited Organization


A positive attitude within an organization begins at its inner-most core: Its own top executives must want to create a company for which they, themselves want to work, according to Ken Branco, founder and principal of R.E.V.V. International, Stafford Springs, CT, who spoke at VMA’s 2011 Manufacturers Workshop. Organizations whose leaders strive for that goal can develop a company spirit, and that spirit will travel from the heart of the organization (its leaders) out to its perimeters (its employees) and return in the form of a leaner, more productive organization.

More Website Tools for the Taking

This is an expanded version of an article that appeared in the summer 2011 edition of Valve Magazine.

The days when companies populated their websites primarily with PDFs of catalogs, a few paragraphs “About the Company,” a list of “Contacts,” and highlights of “Products” and “Customers Served” are behind us. Savvy companies today know that to draw customers and potential customers to their sites requires coming up with ways to add value to those who visit. After all, the world is now bombarded with places to go on the Web so companies need to find reasons why people should visit their website.



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