Grafica News - February 2017

SGIA President’s Message from USA: Women in Print: Doubling Our Opportunities

In imaging, as in so many other industries, women are underrepresented from the shop floor to the corner office. That’s why SGIA launched the Women in Print Alliance, which focuses on attracting, retaining and advancing women within the imaging profession through mentoring, education, personal and professional development.

The Women in Printing Alliance, announced in September 2016, draws from all levels of the imaging community — from associate to CEO — and is developing programming to foster women’s professional growth. It’s intended to provide a no-risk forum where women can gather, learn from each other and explore professional development opportunities. While individual woman will benefit from these efforts, the true benefit will be felt by the imaging industry. Women make up 50 percent of the global population, and without them we slash our opportunities by half. Conversely, the more diverse our businesses become, the greater the range of skills and expertise on which we can draw. It’s the right thing to do, and it’s the right thing for our industry.

As we mark International Women’s Day, it’s time we spoke honestly about the role women play in our industry. The Women in Print Alliance is sparking that conversation.

Ford Bowers, President & CEO, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), USA (

SGIA's Woman in Print

Serving the specialty printing community around the globe. First Row Right to Left: Sarah Perkins, Renee Simpson, Katie Wolfe, Cecilia Goycochea, Lexy Lambert

First Row Right to Left:Sarah Perkins, Renee Simpson, Katie Wolfe, Cecilia Goycochea, Lexy Lambert, Jana McWilliams, Brittany Sutphin.

Second Row Right to Left: Cass Johnson, Marci Kinter, Becca McKenna, Maggie Stevens, Erin Nuss, Kat Thomas, Olga Dorokhina, Sondra Fry Benoudiz, Vice President, Membership & Business Development, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association – (SGIA), USA

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