Women in batteries takes recruitment drive to BCI

Women in batteries takes recruitment drive to BCI

Women in batteries takes recruitment drive to BCI 1024 180 Batteries International

April 7, 2022: Battery Council International’s annual convention is still a few weeks’ away, but the newly-formed Women in the Global Battery Industry is already charged up and ready to showcase a busy program of activities.

WGBI director and BCI’s senior vice president of operations, Pam O’Brien, told BESB the organization has been operating at “Mach speed” since its formal inception three months ago.

“Membership in the first month went from zero to 100 and we currently have around 160 members,” O’Brien said.

WGBI believes that senior women in the battery industry are under-represented and that it’s time to redress the balance.

O’Brien says the organization, whose president is MAC Engineering’s Julie McClure, is also working hard to encourage the next generation of professional women to join the battery industry.

Business meeting

WGBI is inviting two STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) female students from Florida State University to attend and take part in the discussions at BCI.

“This is something we will also offer to local universities at future conventions,” O’Brien said.

WGBI’s key sponsors at this year’s BCI convention will be Hollingsworth & Vose and C&D Technologies/Trojan Battery. The organization’s members will gather for a business meeting and reception during the convention.

The global recruitment drive for WGBI will step up a gear later this year when it will take part in the 2020 ELBC — the global lead battery innovation conference and exhibition taking place in Lyon, France in September.

Read BI’s exclusive interview with Pam O’Brien about WGBI initiatives in the BCI 2022 Yearbook, available on-line soon and physically distributed at the convention in Naples, Florida on May 2.