SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Nationwide Pest Administration Affiliation hosted its first in-person NPMA Ladies’s Discussion board Nov. 29 – Dec. 1. The occasion was held on the Manchester Grand Hyatt and supplied academic boards and networking alternatives for girls within the pest administration trade and their male counterparts.
The discussion board drew about 100 attendees who participated in interactive periods and listened to trade leaders share insights on matters like some great benefits of hiring extra girls, artistic concepts for a extra versatile office and the significance of numerous groups.
On the discussion board’s opening night time, NPMA CEO Dominique Stumpf defined that advancing girls leaders within the trade is a joint effort between ladies and men.
“As a feminine chief in pest administration, I do know and have seen firsthand how far our trade has come,” she mentioned. “Along with ladies and men, we are going to accomplish our objectives as we work to empower, diversify and advance this trade.”
Although the viewers was primarily girls, a number of male trade leaders had been additionally in attendance, together with Gokhan Vergon, head of pest administration and public well being at Bayer U.S. In a man-dominated trade, Vergon mentioned, he believed it was his job to create extra fairness.
Periods started with a digital welcome from Jackie Applegate, head of Bayer North America Crop Science, and Tiffany Fremder, head of worldwide advertising and marketing for Bayer Environmental Science, who mentioned the significance of mentorship. Following every session, attendees broke into small teams to additional talk about the subject at hand and reply a sequence of prompted questions.
Emily Thomas Kendrick, CEO of Arrow Exterminators, Stacy O’Reilly, proprietor of Plunkett’s Pest Management, and Marillian Missiti, president of Buono Pest Management, shared enterprise insights throughout one session. O’Reilly mentioned she would advise her youthful self “don’t fear a lot about being competent. Fear extra about participating with the staff.”
Throughout one other session, Justin McCauley of McCauley Providers and Lauren Thrasher of Thrasher Termite & Pest Management talked about artistic methods to create a extra versatile work atmosphere, whether or not by providing workers limitless trip time or making certain they’ve sources for psychological well being.
Because the discussion board ended, attendees mirrored on key takeaways from the occasion. A favourite was from Anthony Brown, senior vp of human sources at Rentokil, who talked about how numerous groups can thrive.
“Don’t deal with others the way you need to be handled; deal with others how they need to be handled,” he mentioned.
NPMA is tentatively planning one other Ladies’s Discussion board for Might 2022.