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Women in Titanium Upcoming Events and Annual Professional Development Day Recap and Photos

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Women in Titanium Upcoming Events and Annual Professional Development Day Recap and Photos

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About Women In Titanium
The mission of the WiT committee is two-fold: To develop a networking group of collegial women presently in the titanium industry; and to promote, attract, and encourage high school and college women to enter the titanium industry.

To contribute to the growth of the overall titanium industry by providing mentoring, collegial and networking opportunities for women within the titanium industry and to take part in programs which advance gender equality in STEM fields for high school and college women.
Upcoming Events
The Fundamentals of Titanium Workshop and Industry Tour of TiFast Plant
Thursday & Friday, November 9 & 10, 2017
Umbria, Italy
The Fundamentals of Titanium Workshop
This comprehensive workshop will provide attendees with detailed information on the types, uses, and properties of common titanium alloys. Attendees will leave with an understanding of applied titanium metallurgy fundamentals. Ideal for anyone new coming into the titanium industry or to use as a refresher. Sales and technical professionals alike will benefit from this 1-day lecture.

Agenda: Refreshments, lunch, and access to online study guide provided in class.

Session #1
Brief historical overview of Titanium, Titanium characteristics, Comparisons with other metals Titanium manufacturing

Session #2
Titanium Alloys, Heat treating, Corrosion resistance, Mechanical properties

Session #3
Joining, Forming, Finishing, Safety

Session #4
Recent technology advances, Current and emerging applications
Industry related tour of TiFast Plant - Umbria, Italy - Detailed Itinerary Coming Soon
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Year-End Tips to Pay Less Taxes and Boost Retirement Savings
Thursday, December 7th, 2017 2:00 pm Eastern
Special Guest: Laurie Itkin, Financial Advisor
During this webinar, Laurie will discuss the following issues:

1) Last minute tips to pay less taxes and boost your retirement savings in 2017
2) Pay down the house, pay off credit card debt, or contribute to your retirement plan -- how to choose?
3) Understanding basic investment lingo
4) What to do if you think divorce may be on the horizon

We encourage you to send in questions in advance of the webinar so Laurie can address them in real-time. Please send questions to

For more information about the speaker go to
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How to Handle Criticism Like a Pro
Date To Be Announced - 1 Qtr 2018
Special Guest: Leila Janah, Founder and CEO of Sama and LXMI
Whether you are building a start up, selling products in the field or presenting to a team of management by putting yourself out there you are left exposed to harsh criticism. Successful serial entrepreneur and business leader Leila Janah learned this when her LXMI team courted a major retailer to distribute their product. Instead of becoming disheartened, however, they took the outside input and shifted their approach. In this 30 minute teleclass, Leila Janah, Founder & CEO of LXMI and Sama, will share the techniques she used to remain positive in the face of adversity and ultimately achieve success. Learn how to handle criticism and use it as a tool for growth, regardless of your organization's stage of development.
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Annual Professional Development Day Recap and Photos
Major Heather Penney, Consultant Mona Dine Address Annual Women in Titanium Gathering
by Michael C. Gabriele

Major Heather Penney and Mona Dine shared insights on their respective careers as the featured speakers at the third annual conference of Women in Titanium (WiT), held Oct. 8 the Diplomat Resort and Spa, Hollywood, FL. The WiT meeting coincided with the 2017 TITANIUM USA conference and exhibition, organized and sponsored by the International Titanium Association.

Penney served as an F-16 pilot in the 121st Fighter Squadron at Andrews Air Force Base, MD for over 10 years. As the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were unfolding, she was ordered into the air in her F-16 fighter jet to confront United Flight 93 before it reached Washington DC’s airspace. However, as documented, Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, PA, as heroic passengers fought to take control of the aircraft. This tragic development ended Penney’s mission on that fateful day.
Dine is the president and owner of Pacesetter Coaching & Consulting, Pittsburgh, and discussed strategies on how people can recognize opportunities to take appropriate actions in order to grow within their careers. She has over 20 years of experience in human resources and recently worked with two global manufacturing companies as a talent strategist. Dine is an International Coach Federation (ICF) certified professional coach specializing in career and leadership development.
Michelle Pharand, vice president, sales and supply chain for Astral Air Parts LLC, is the chair of the WiT, which operates as a committee of the ITA. Holly Both, vice president of marketing, Plymouth Tube Co., serves as vice chair. Dawne Hickton, past chair, is the president and founding partner of Cumberland Highstreet Partners. Other WiT officers include Jill Adkins, infrastructure development manager, Perryman Co.; Margaret Cosentino, vice president, government affairs and defense, Arconic; and Cindy Heatherington, vice president human resources, Titanium Metals Corp. (Timet).
Hickton, in 2014, founded the WiT group, while she served as the first female president of the ITA executive board. The mission of WiT is two-fold: to develop a networking group of collegial women presently in the titanium industry; and to promote, attract, and encourage high school and college women to enter the titanium industry.

The WiT committee looks to contribute to the growth of the overall titanium industry by providing mentoring and networking opportunities for women within the titanium industry and to advance gender equality in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) studies for high school and college women. WiT is non-discriminatory and encourages male participation at regional and annual events.
2017 Executive Committee Members
Michelle Pharand, (WiT Chair)
Vice President Sales & Supply Chain - Astral Air Parts LLC
Holly Both, (WiT Vice Chair)
Vice President of Marketing - Plymouth Tube Co.
Jill Adkins
Infrastructure Development Manager - Perryman Company
Margaret Cosentino
Vice President, Government Affairs & Defense - Arconic
Cindy Heatherington
Vice President Human Resources - TIMET, Titanium Metals Corporation
Dawne Hickton (Past Chair)
President & Founding Partner - Cumberland Highstreet Partners
Our Special Gift To You!
While all WiT sponsored events are offered a la carte, the best value is the annual "All Events" option that provides you with the opportunity to attend as many WiT events as you wish, all for 1 reasonably priced fee. As our way of thanking you for registering for the "All Events" option in 2018, you will receive your choice of a WiT logo polo shirt, a WiT signature scarf, or a WiT Men's Tie. Our gift to you for your valued contribution to the WiT programming. About the gifts:

About The Gifts:
WiT Original Signature Scarf & Men's Tie: This beautiful Tassel Scarf is 100% woven polyester with Tassel trim, 72" x 27". The image shown on the scarf and the tie is a photograph of Ti-6Al-4V, heated above the beta transus and air cooled. Then etched with ASTM #186 and photographed in polarized light with sensitive tint plate to produce the colors. The photograph was generously donated by Frauke Hogue, Hogue Metallography (

WiT 2nd Generation Scarf: Scarf design is an image of the top of a 10,000 lb. Titanium Molybdenum Alloy (Ti - Mo-15) ingot. This ingot was made by Arconic Ti-Ingot in Whitehall, Michigan USA. This alloy is typically used to make medical components. The vivid colors you see in the macrostructure of this ingot are the result of the reflection of light bouncing off the differing oxidation states of titanium. Scarf is made from Paris Chiffon - material likes to be treated by hand, so no machines please! Just wash by hand and hang to dry. Scarf will happily be ironed out with steam.

Where else could you find something so fashionable that directly relates to the titanium metal industry?
Special Thanks To Our 2017 Sponsors
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