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Last year, Panel Discussions were introduced into the IWCS Cable & Connectivity Industry Forum for the first time and attendees reported great value from them, along with a desire continue them in future years. So, this year’s Forum will feature multiple Panel Discussions presented by influential industry leaders.

The 2022 panel discussions focus on important topics: celebrating women in a historically male-dominated industry and advice for young industry professionals or individuals who may be early in their career. The panel discussions will include a question-and-answer period that allows the audience to engage with the panelists.

2022 IWCS Panel Discussions

Women in Cable & Connectivity Panel Discussion

Sponsored by Dow, the Women in Cable & Connectivity panel discussion will feature influential female members of our industry. The panelists will speak about their career accomplishments, resources that have aided their success, and discuss what it is like to work in male-dominated industries. It will include a question-and-answer period that allows the audience to engage with the panelists.

Dr. Bianca Hydutsky, Global Technology Manager for The Chemours Company, will be the session chairperson and moderator of the panel discussion. “I think it’s exciting to bring together some really strong women who have built a variety of career paths.” says Bianca. “I am proud to accept the invitation from IWCS to be the chairperson for this session and I hope it will be motivational for other women who are looking to start their career or who are already in their career.” Joining Bianca for the panel discussion will be Sue Welsh, President of WCMA; and Kikie Kunplin, Sr. Product Manager – Fiber Systems at Belden.

Cheryl Stewart

Cheryl Stewart

VP Operations
Quabbin Wire & Cable Co.

Dr. Bianca Hydutsky

Global Technology Manager
The Chemours Company
Ana Cruz IWCS 2022

Ana Cruz

Engineering Manager, Fiber Connectivity
Kikie Kunplin

Kikie Kunplin

Sr. Product Manager – Fiber Systems
Corina Neumeister IWCS Panelist

Dr. Corina Neumeister

Head of Department R&D/Technical Service Cable & Polymers
Nabaltec AG
Sue Welsh

Sue Welsh

Wire & Cable Manufacturers’ Alliance, Inc. (WCMA)

Early Career and Young Professionals Panel Discussion

Cable Components Group and Gem Gravure IWCS Sponsors

This panel discussion, sponsored by Cable Components Group and Gem Gravure; and co-hosted by Wire & Cable Manufacturers’ Alliance, Inc. (WCMA), will focus on building a successful career in the Cable & Connectivity Industry. Panelists will share their perspectives regarding common challenges getting started in the industry, career-building tips, and personal experiences attributed to their success. We will discuss emerging skills and technology that are important to our rapidly evolving industry, sustainability trends, and strategies to attract and retain talented young professionals. The discussion topics are geared towards those who are new to the industry as well as experienced professionals who may be recruiting now or in the future.

Charles Glew

Charles Glew

VP of Technology and Business Development
Cable Components Group
Ed Fenton IWCS 2022

Ed Fenton

Executive Director
Wire & Cable Manufacturers’ Alliance, Inc. (WCMA)
Tom Artinian

Tom Artinian

Chief Operating Officer
Hitachi Cable America
Sharika Chowdhury IWCS Panelist

Sharika Chowdhury

Senior Project Engineer
UL Solutions
James Filice

James Filice

Application Engineering Manager
Marmon Aerospace & Defense
Rob Schmidt IWCS 2022 Panelist

Rob Schmidt

Fire Safety Engineering Manager
RSCC Wire & Cable LLC


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