Toray Composite Materials America, Inc. (CMA)
On July 11, 2022, a panel of managers and directors at the CMA Tacoma Plant in Washington came together for a discussion on their stories and experiences of being women in the workplace. This was the first major event for the newly founded CMA Women in Leadership program and panelists offered perspectives from a wide variety of departments that included Manufacturing, Technical Engineering, Legal & Compliance, and Human Resources.
The Women in Leadership program is the result of a small group of women coming together and vocalizing their desires to build a community within CMA, support one another’s career development, and engage with local organizations to promote opportunities for girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
The panel discussion focused on lessons learned from the panelist’s lives and careers, how to navigate challenges in the workplace, and what type of future they hoped for in regard to women leadership at CMA. We invited all employees for this event and nearly 50 employees participated during lunch time.
We also made a logo for the program as shown below. The logo has many design elements. At its heart is a columbine flower of Toray blue and carbon fiber material. The columbine represents endurance, perseverance, and strength. There are two rings in the logo that represent the rippling and lasting effect the group hopes to achieve. CMA is looking for an opportunity to expand this activity though all plants and looking forward to continuing this event in the future.