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The answer, based on new research is YES. This week I was working on an abstract for a leadership conference presentation on this topic. I told my wife and business partner, Lynnda about the abstract. She quickly found numerous studies going back decades. The first article she found was written by Kevin Kruse published in Forbes in March of this year. He stated, “In 2023, for the first time in history, women CEOs lead about 10% of Fortune 500 companies. It also underscores the need for more women at all levels of leadership. This is not just about representation. Women leaders are good for business.” 

As a freshman at WVU my first calculus professor had a mantra, “Secretaries run the world. You can’t get in to see the Department Chair. You see his secretary. If she likes you, you get what you want.” I learned he was right. The secretaries who had risen to working for the Department Chair were masters of influence (Leaders). When our Department Chair left for a week to attend a conference we never knew he was gone. His secretary kept things running smoothly. Leadership expert John Maxwell defines leadership as the ability to influence and develop people regardless of title or position. 

WHEELING, W.Va.  The West Virginia Manufacturers Association (WVMA) drew at least 200 people to Oglebay Resort in Wheeling May 1-2 for its 2023 Manufacturing and Energy Growth Summit (MEGS).

The conference featured a wide variety of presenters who discussed everything from nuclear energy and hydrogen storage to business recruitment and workforce development for the manufacturing industry.

The West Virginia Manufacturers Association (WVMA) is pleased to announce our upcoming Manufacturing and Energy Growth Summit taking place on May 1-2, 2023 at Oglebay Resort (Wheeling, W.Va.). This annual event brings together industry leaders, professionals, and enthusiasts from around the world to discuss the latest trends, challenges, opportunities, and intersections of the manufacturing and energy industries.

Manufacturing is the lifeblood of West Virginia’s economy, which is why it is so baffling that the federal government has proposed stricter regulatory requirements that could hinder our growth.

Years ahead of schedule, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to institute tougher National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for a pollutant called PM2.5 – a particulate matter that is a byproduct of many manufacturing processes. To hear EPA tell it, you would think PM2.5 emissions are on the rise but that is not the case. In fact, nationwide, PM2.5 levels have decreased by 44 percent since 2000.

West Virginia is a manufacturing state. We’re proud of our strong work ethic, abundant natural resources, and how we’ve been able to turn around some very economically fragile regions creating communities with a strong future due to the strength of our manufacturing sector. The Potomac Highlands and part of the Kanawha and Mid-Ohio valleys, particularly, have a significant manufacturing presence that allows us to compete on a global scale.