MAC Engineering chief Julie McClure to chair new global battery industry forum for women

by John Shepherd
MAC Engineering chairman Julie McClure (inset) will serve as the group’s first chair.
MAC Engineering chairman Julie McClure is to chair 'Women in the Global Battery Industry' – a new group to aid the professional development of women in the industry.

The mission of the chemistry neutral forum, which was announced today during Battery Council International’s (BCI) annual convention in San Diego, is to help women further their own careers, in addition to helping further their companies’ goals by relationship building within the industry.
McClure said: "As a second generation professional in the battery industry, I know how valuable relationships are in building leadership skills to serve in executive positions within the industry, especially in one that is a traditionally male enterprise.”

'Great opportunity'

McClure, whose company specialises in equipment manufacturing for the lead battery industry, said: "Through the networking, professional growth, education and mentorship opportunities we will offer, I am excited to increase the number of C-suite executives in our growing industry.”

The group’s vice-chair is Virginia Archibald, CFO of Nova Scotia-based Surette Battery – a manufacturer of premium deep cycle batteries for use in renewable energy, marine, motive power and rail applications.

BCI president Chris Pruitt said: "I’ve seen within my own company the power of diverse points of view from an inclusive workforce."
Steering committee
Pruitt, who is also CEO and president of East Penn Manufacturing, which was recently named as one of America’s Best Employers for Women by Forbes and Statista, said: This is such a great opportunity for the battery industry to further promote the growth of women within our leadership ranks."

Group steering committee members include Virginia Archibald, Surrette Battery; Melissa Floyd, Stryten; Claudia Lorenzini, Microporous; Ellen Maxey, Clarios; Maria Roma, Advanced Battery Concepts; Sheila Ryles, Teck Metals; Donna Snyder, East Penn Manufacturing; Tammy Stankey, The Doe Run Company; Emma Thacker, EnerSys; and Pam O’Brien, BCI.

Membership of the group is open to professionals in the global battery industry who are seeking to develop all aspects of their career. Click on the link below to email with membership inquiries.

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