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ITA's Women in Titanium announces 2016 Activities & Events

International Titanium Association's Women in Titanium (WiT) Committee has organized an ambitious slate of activities for 2016, with gatherings to be held in Paris, France; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Scottsdale, Arizona. The WiT executive committee connected via teleconference in January to discuss its agenda.

The executive committee unanimously agreed to host the next WiT event in Paris on Monday, April 18, 4:30-6 p.m., which will coincide with the ITA's TITANIUM EUROPE 2016 conference and exhibition (April 18-20). The event will be a reception with tabletop displays, focusing on items WiT chooses to promote. The Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel and Conference Center is the site for TITANIUM EUROPE 2016.

WiT will host a summer meeting in the Pittsburgh area June 16-17 at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square. The itinerary will include a "Fundamentals of Titanium" workshop taught by Frauke Hogue; an evening networking reception, and a tour of the Dynamet Incorporated facility in Washington, PA. A subsidiary of Carpenter Technology Corp., Dynamet Incorporated is an international supplier of titanium alloy products.

The second annual WiT conference will be held in conjunction with the 2016 TITANIUM USA conference, Sept. 25-28, at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix (Scottsdale, AZ). Much like the first WiT conference, which was held last October in Orlando, FL, the Scottsdale forum will be an all-day event featuring guest speakers with expertise in various fields of business and career development.

This year the WiT committee is involved in various programs, including "STEM in 30," a project being sponsored by the ITA Education Committee in cooperation with the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C., along with various mentoring initiatives. STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is a national educational campaign.

Dawne S. Hickton is the chair of the WiT committee and also serves as president of the ITA's executive board. She is a consultant with Alcoa Inc., Pittsburgh, and a member of the board of directors for Norsk Titanium AS, Oslo, Norway. Other members of the WiT executive committee include Dawne Michelle M. Pharand, vice chair and the director of sales and business development for Dynamet Inc.; Holly Both, vice president of marketing at Plymouth Tube Co.; Cynthia Heatherington, vice president, human resources at Titanium Metals Corp. (TIMET); Polina Sparks, editor, Argus; and Jill McGibbney, medical products manager, Metalwerks PMD Inc.

The primary mission of the WiT committee is two-fold: to develop a networking group of collegial women currently employed in the titanium industry; and to attract high school and college female students to enter the titanium industry.

Jennifer Simpson is the executive director of the International Titanium Association. Michael Gabriele is a freelance writer on behalf of ITA. For more information on the WiT committee, or call 1-303-404-2221.


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