Published on : Friday, May 31, 2019
In spite of few participation, women holds a special position in the woodworking sector. LIGNA 2019 celebrated the moment, by hosting the first Women of Woodworking network meeting. In the German wood and furniture industry the present ratio of female workers is negligible, that is only 20%, but it is better in other countries. Hence, to encourage participation, LIGNA honoured, role of women in the respective sector.
The “WOW-Women of Woodworking” event organised on May 30 at the fairground encouraged women to engage in the meeting on wood and furniture industry. This event encouraged women to share their experiences, and motivate them to work in the industry. An approach to promote diversity in the industry, was the key concern of the woodworking event.
Christina Elsenbroek, CMP Marketing Coordinator at Stiles Machinery Inc. based in Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan was the initiator of the first WOW meeting, which took place in April 2017 at the Stiles Executive Briefing Conference in Detroit, Michigan. In the course of subsequent meetings and trade fairs in the U.S., the group has more than doubled in size. Women working in the woodworking trades, the furniture and supplier industry, management, the subcontracting business, as distributors or in the media came together to share their experiences and ideas, to exchange challenges, solutions and resources and network with each other.
Now the LIGNA organizers picked up on this momentum by inviting women from the wood processing and woodworking industry to attend WOW at LIGNA 2019 in Hannover. The event was moderated by Stephanie Wagner, Project Director of International Trade Fairs at Deutsche Messe.