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Brenda Edwards Receives Women in Stone Pioneer Award

Posted on 03 April 2017 by cradmin

Brenda Edwards, owner and general manager of TexaStone Quarries in Garden City, Texas, was the recipient of the first-ever Women in Stone Pioneer Award.

Brenda Edwards receiving the 2017 Women in Stone Pioneer Award

Brenda Edwards receiving the 2017 Women in Stone Pioneer Award

In a career spanning more than 20 years, Edwards has been an active participant in countless industry initiatives and associations. She has held key leadership roles with MIA, BSI, the Natural Stone Council and is currently serving on the transitional MIA+BSI Board of Directors. Her company was the first to certify under the ANSI/NSC 373 Sustainability Standard and her leadership was paramount to the creation of the Women in Stone initiative.

In a letter nominating Edwards for this award, Jennifer Sayles, Marketing Manager at TexaStone Quarries wrote of Brenda’s devotion to the industry and willingness to help and teach others about it. Brie Pfannenbecker, VP of Operations at Connecticut Stone, agreed with Brenda’s competence and positive impact on the future of the industry.

Brenda Edwards reflected on her involvement with Women in Stone and noted that she was honored to serve and bring recognition the women in the stone industry. Edwards then went on to thank MIA+BSI for making it all possible.

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MIA+BSI Women in Stone Introduces Award and Scholarship

Posted on 20 July 2016 by cradmin

MIA+BSI Women In StoneWomen in Stone introduced two new opportunities to promote the program’s efforts to support women in the stone industry, the Women in Stone Pioneer Award and the Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship.

The Women in Stone Pioneer Award will recognize an advocate within the stone industry for their role in recruiting, retaining and advancing women. The winner’s performance in promoting women should be exemplary, honorable and inspirational. “The Pioneer Award recognizes an individual who has ventured into the unknown to educate and empower women in our industry,” commented Women in Stone co-chair Allyson Humphries of M S International. Co-chair Kim Dumais of Miller Druck Specialty Contracting agrees, stating, “There are many individuals within our industry who go above and beyond to educate and elevate women. This award has been established to acknowledge those individuals and recognize them publicly for their efforts.”

The Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship will provide an MIA+BSI member with an all-expense paid trip to a 2017 industry event (TISE, Coverings, or an MIA+BSI study tour). The winner will also be able to shadow industry professionals during the event, in order to gain a better understanding of different sectors of the industry. Applicants should be a first-time attendee of the chosen event, and should have between 2-5 years of stone industry experience. Dumais remarked, “The Empowerment Scholarship is designed to provide an opportunity that otherwise may not be accessible to women in the industry. The scholarship offers a unique opportunity to be personally guided, mentored, and exposed to all aspects of our industry.” According to Humphries, “The scholarship is the perfect vehicle for the woman who needs a kick-start to her career and wants to learn more about our industry.”

Nominations for the Pioneer Award and applications for the Empowerment Scholarship must be received by Friday, September 9, 2016. Forms are available at www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/womeninstone.

You may also be interested in the next MIA Stone Summit and other events listed on our calendar.

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MIA Women in Stone Mentorship Program Debuts at Coverings

Posted on 14 April 2016 by cradmin

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) announced the implementation of its Women in Stone Mentorship Program. The program pairs industry veterans with newcomers to provide an opportunity to build relationships in the stone industry. Each pair will receive monthly guidance emails throughout the six month program to help them get to know each other and their respective career goals. The guidance emails will provide reminders and help ensure engagement and success in the program. Mentorship topics will include stone industry knowledge, sales, marketing and communication, technical knowledge, management, leadership and career advancement. Pairs will be matched and guidance will begin in early May 2016. Registration deadline for the program is April 27, 2016. Late registrations will not be accepted.

The Women in Stone Mentorship Program will debut at Coverings with a Speed Mentoring Workshop on Wednesday, April 20 from 1:30 to 3pm. The workshop, led by Julie Kantor of Twomentor, will give attendees the chance to participate in an organized rotation to build relationships and establish a network of peers within the stone industry. This is also a great opportunity to get to know some of the potential mentors/mentees in the six month program. To register for this free workshop, visit www.coverings.com.

There will also be a celebration for four Women in Stone honorees on April 20 in the Stanley Field Hall at Chicago’s Field Museum from 6:30pm to 11:00 pm. Black Equinox: A VIP Event sponsored by Polycor and in collaboration with Women in Stone and Texastone Quarries, where cocktails, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Enjoy conversation with stone and design industry influencers, talk on the seductive black trends in design and architecture, and enjoy a live Japanese drumming performance from Kodo. Registration is required.

You may also be interested in attending the Park Industries Digital Stoneworking Expo or viewing other opportunities coming up on our Calendar of Events.


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MIA Women in Stone Conference to be Held alongside StonExpo East

Posted on 21 August 2014 by cradmin

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) has announced plans for a Women in Stone Connection Conference to be held in conjunction with StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas East in Miami on Oct. 19, 2014. The program features dynamic speakers including Lisbeth Calandrino, Toby Morrison, Dave Mitchell and a panel discussion of key women in the stone industry.

This conference will discuss the process of building relationships with customers, colleagues and co-workers. Each item on the agenda will focus on the opportunities and challenges that exist for women. This leadership summit will focus on the following learning objectives:

  • Learning how to take advantage of assets to make your way in the business world;
  • Reviewing today’s building industry statistics and how key demographic factors affect customers’ decisions to buy;
  • Discussing factors that affect women in the stone industry, including working with family members and managing men; and
  • Assessing personal leadership styles and finding out how to present information about ideas, products and/or services in a manner that is most engaging to those with a different interactive style than your own.

“The Connection Conference is the first education event held by Women In Stone,” said Sarah B Kelly, administrator of the MIA initiative, “This event will help serve our primary goals to recruit, retain and advance women in the stone industry.”

Women in Stone member, Jacqueline Tabbah of International Stoneworks in Houston added, “The Women In Stone Connection Conference is an excellent opportunity for professional women in this industry to learn and network with one another. I am thrilled to be part of the panel discussion and share my point of view with this prestigious group of ladies.”

For a complete schedule of events and to register for the Women In Stone Connection Conference event, visit www.marble-institute.com/education/womeninstone.

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MIA Hosts ‘Women in Stone’ Event

Posted on 22 May 2014 by cradmin

MIA women in stone event

The event sponsor Patrick Perus (Polycor, Inc) with members of the WIS Steering Committee: Allyson Humphries, Brie Pfannenbecker , Kathy Spanier, Kathleen Carle, Tiffany Aryeh and Kim Dumais.

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) hosted the first gathering of its new “Women in Stone” group during Coverings 2014. This networking reception was sponsored by Polycor, while the overall initiative is also being supported by Blick Industries, Hanley Wood, OHM International, Rock of Ages, Polycor and TexaStone Quarries. The purpose of the Women in Stone group is to retain and advance women who have chosen a career in the stone industry, as well as to recruit new women into the industry. It hopes to accomplish those goals by such methods as increasing the number of networking opportunities available to women; expanding on existing educational offerings; and creating opportunities to serve on key industry committees.

Co-chair Brie Pfannenbecker of Connecticut Stone Supplies, Inc. said, “The Women in Stone launch was a tremendous success! Out of all of the wonderful happenings at Coverings, the Women in Stone event is the one I have talked about the most since returning home.”

Coldspring’s Kathy Spanier discussed the long-term effects of this effort, saying, “This is an exciting initiative that has lots of positive energy and momentum to become a resource for women to broaden perspective (personal) through meaningful strategic connections at any level of their career so they can reach their full potential and accelerate or enhance their career growth.”

More than 60 women attended the event and another face-to-face Women in Stone event is set for StonExpo East in Miami on October 19, 2014.

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