LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL – The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) announced the second annual Women in Finishing FORUM will be held at the Embassy Suites South Bend at Notre Dame from May 6-8, 2020. “After a highly successful inaugural event, we are thrilled to return to South Bend in 2020. The Embassy Suites and the University of Notre Dame proved to be an ideal location for the FORUM,” said Sheila LaMothe, CCAI’s Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Women in Finishing Program Manager.

CCAI began its Women in Finishing (WiF) initiative at FABTECH 2017 in Chicago. An overwhelming response led to an expanded program with a focus on professional development and networking for women with careers in industrial finishing, including the Women in Finishing FORUM.

The 2019 Women in Finishing FORUM received positive evaluations, generating excitement for future FORUMs. Laura Beach of Lippert Components summed up her experience, noting, “Gaining a community of women with a variety of backgrounds but with the common connection of a career in finishing/manufacturing was invaluable, and the sessions were engaging and informative. I truly appreciated the time spent at the FORUM, and I look forward to attending again in the future.”

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