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Women in Titanium Review of Activities and Upcoming Events

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.
Review of 2017 WiT Activities

Wit teams up with Calvi Network Special Pink Profiles for Networking and Plant Tour in Italy


The Women in Titanium committee hosted a Fundamentals of Titanium workshop Jan. 18 and 19 in Rome, Italy.

The two-day workshop and networking event was made possible in conjunction with the Calvi Network Special Pink Profiles group, and included a facility tour at TiFast on Jan. 19.

Laura Zatti, corporate development manager at Calvi Holding S.p.A, helped orchestrate the experience for the attendees.

Founded in 2016, the Calvi Network Special Pink Profiles group was inspired by Zatti’s visit to the WiT Fundamentals of Titanium workshop and tour of Dynamet in Pittsburgh. “I thought, ‘It is very nice what is being done here, and it would be great if we could do it at Calvi,’” Zatti said. “It’s nice because you inspired somebody in the WiT network. We can organize events together and get different people together. It’s a nice energy we can create.”

Last year, WiT teamed up with Calvi Network Special Pink Profiles and the Arconic Women’s Network to host a reception and plant tour of Cefival in conjunction with the Paris Air Show.

According to Zatti, more than 30 people participated in the January 18 and 19 Fundamentals of Titanium workshop and TiFast tour. “Everything went very well,” she said. “We had participants from different companies and different European countries, and we had both female and male attendees from various departments.”

The Jan. 18 Fundamentals of Titanium workshop covered the basics of titanium metallurgy and titanium alloys and their properties. Dietmar Fischer, who’s been involved in the titanium industry for over 50 years, led the workshop.

“[Dietmar] Fischer was very competent and informative and everybody enjoyed the lecture,” Zatti said. “At the end of the day we organized a happy hour with some drinks and food in a cozy atmosphere.” Attendees had the opportunity to network and unwind after a full day of instruction.

On Jan. 19, the group toured the TiFast facility in Terni, Italy. Participants learned more about the TiFast facility, which melts titanium ingots and manufactures bars, wires and billets, and toured the new plant. “After a comprehensive presentation we had a plant tour, and TiFast offered a typical Umbrian lunch at a nearby country house restaurant,” Zatti said.

Zatti enjoys the networking opportunities the events provide, and looks forward to more WiT events in 2018 and beyond.

“The educational days leading up to the ITA conference in the United States allow us to catch up and tackle topics not always related to titanium. I really appreciate it,” she said. “Topics that are being presented are also interesting and deal with general life and management issues that have been very useful to me.”

In addition to the events, Zatti noted the Calvi Network Special Pink Profiles group also began publishing an internal newsletter to keep employees informed about what’s going on in the group.

“We try to make the industry more attractive [to women],” she said. “After one year, we have focused more of our energy to empower women and we are working on diversity issues.”

Join WiT for only $99 (member rate) and enjoy access to events like this one throughout the year.

You can find out more about the inspiring events WiT has planned for 2018 by visiting the website at

Laurie Itkin Webinar


“Year-end tips to pay less taxes and boost retirement savings”


The Women in Titanium committee closed out 2017 with a webinar by Laurie Itkin on Dec. 7.

According to her website, Itkin, dubbed “The Options Lady,” is a financial advisor, wealth manager, certified divorce financial analyst (CDFA) and author of the Amazon best seller, “Every Woman Should Know Her Options.”

Itkin shared financial advice with the people who tuned in to the webinar, aptly titled “Year-end tips to pay less taxes and boost retirement savings.”

WiT Chair Michelle Pharand welcomed everyone to the webinar and introduced Itkin.

Itkin shared an anecdote about her background before delving into the financial advice.

As a 24-year-old in Washington, D.C. she had been laid off twice. Her grandmother left her $1,600 in inheritance. Even back then it wasn’t a lot of money, so Itkin decided that instead of spending it, she would invest.

She then maxed-out her retirement contribution when she landed a new job.

Itkin shared three simple, vital money tips with the audience:


1.      Keep most of what you earn. Put as much as possible into a retirement plan. Check your expected retirement earnings by logging into, and plan from there.

2.      Grow what you keep. “Most women save their money, but it’s important to invest so you get more back,” said Itkin. She mentioned various options for long- and short-term investing.

3.      Own more than you owe. “Credit cards with high interest rates are a waste,” she said. Pay off those cards and buy a house instead.


If a person doesn’t have a 401k through their job, Itkin suggested opening an IRA or working with a financial planner to decide the best course of action.

The last-minute tips Itkin mentioned to save money at the end of the year included selling stocks that have gone down and diversifying investments.

For short-term goals, she suggested investing in short-term bonds, that way the money can be accessed sooner without penalty.

Itkin closed the webinar by opening the door for questions, and encouraged the attendees to reach out to her with any questions. She can be reached via email at, or you can visit her website at

Join WiT now and you can listen in to the webinar here. Link Forthcoming

We look forward to an exciting year for WiT. If you’re interested in joining or would like more information, please contact Karina Graziani at or call her at 303-404-9400.

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.
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.
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?
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