Upcoming Events

“Achieving Innovation and Breakthroughs” by Peter Diamandis

Dalton (Plant 72) Theater

In the video, Diamandis explains how traditional thinking, risk-aversion, and incrementalism cause the demise of companies unable to cope with the changes brought by disruptive innovation. He will discuss how the rapid growth of key exponential technologies is empowering individuals and companies to do what only governments were able to achieve in past decades.


Past Events

Sustainability Business Acument

This event was held April 13th & April 18th in Dalton. Please click the button below to view the video


WiN Panel Discussion

Have you ever wondered what women can do to empower each other at work on a daily basis? What about Shaw’s core competencies and how you can apply them today to help you reach your goals?

Watch the interactive panel with fellow WiN members, 2016 STEP Ahead Award winners Shannan Billings, Deanna Mathis and Erika Swartz, as they share their stories of on-the-job empowerment and how mastering core competencies has helped them achieve their short- and long-term goals.


Manufacturing Business Acumen

This event was held August 11th and August 17th in Dalton. Please click the button below to view the video.


Hard Surface Business Acumen

Growing the hard surface business is a key strategy, and significant investments have been made to foster continued growth. This business acumen session will provide an overview of the key business drivers for the hard surface segment, including manufacturing, marketing and finance. Breakout sessions will offer further insight into leadership within the segment, marketing, financial considerations and a 360 degree look at the hard surface business.


Commercial Business Acumen

Increase your understanding of the commercial market with a closer look at rapid product shift, global expansion and brand relevance. Learn how cash, profit, assets, growth and people drove decisions to transition the commercial business from a carpet company to a flooring company and evolve the organization from the opportunistic carpet exporter to a global flooring leader. Following the group presentation, attendees will participate in breakout sessions with teams that must closely collaborate to achieve business goals: design and marketing, manufacturing and operations, sales, and sales support.


Supply Chain Event

A supply chain is the network of individuals, organizations, resources, activities and technologies involved in the creation and sale of a product, from the delivery of source materials from the supplier to the manufacturer, through the eventual delivery to the end user.

In this session, you will gain an understanding of Shaw’s supply chain organization, and how it relates to the five business drivers: cost, profit, assets, growth and people. By exploring supply chain flow, objectives, measures, and opportunities and challenges, you will increase your business acumen and leadership potential.


Residential Business Acumen

Increase your business acumen with leadership potential with the big picture view of our residential business. Learn how cash, profit, assets, growth and people work together to achieve business goals. Following the group presentation, attendees will participate in breakout sessions with business leaders for greater insight into how and why decisions are made to drive our residential business.


Financial Literacy

Throughout 2015, WiN will bring you a series of events focused on Building Business Acumen. Why? Because research from Leading Women suggests good business acumen is the missing piece for female career advancement.

Have you ever hear of a Blue Book and wondered what is was? How about a POVA? Maybe you want to know how your department’s efforts show up in our financials. Jim Kirkpatrick, Vice President of Corporate Finance, will build on “Seeing the Big Picture,” connecting what we learned on business acumen with key Shaw concepts and financial language.


Seeing The Big Picture

Throughout 2015, WiN will bring you a series of events focused on Building Business Acumen. Why? Because research from Leading Women suggests good business acumen is the missing piece for female career advancement.

Good business acumen means understanding the fundamentals of how the business operates, how it makes money, and how it sustains profitable growth. For you, it also means more visibility, more influence on business decisions, more opportunities to grow and advance, and stronger leadership.

Kicking off the series is Mark Wood of Acumen Learning and contributor to Seeing the Big Picture, a book we recommend WiN members read and reference through the 2015 education program.

Download Mark’s Presentation and Watch the Video to Learn More.


Celebrating WiN’s 2nd Anniversary

We recently celebrated an important milestone for Women’s Innovation Network: our second anniversary! If you were unable to attend any of our events, we’ve created this video section of our speakers.

Pam Randles

LaRuthie Mason

Kim Gray

Q&A from panel discussion

Carrie Lohrenz

Women’s Innovation Network | Inaugural Address

This video is from our original keynote address from Susan Brady, executive vice-president of Linkage, Inc., and personal stories and comments from several Shaw leaders.

Speakers

Susan Rich on how WiN was formed: 0:15
Vance Bell on why WiN was formed: 14:03
Chester Chaffin on unconscious bias: 22:25
Brenda Knowles on success at Shaw: 29:49

Keynote Address:

Susan Brady on The Inner Critic: 49:41