Women's Summit

April 22 - 26, 2023 | Atlanta, GA USA

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Women's Summit

Open to women and men throughout the industry, the Women's Summit will be held in-person in conjunction with TAPPICon 2022.

(Additional Registration Fee Required)


How important do you think performance is to your success in the workplace?  What about trust?
Join us to find out how the answer to success might not be what you think! 

Learn how trust in the workplace, and beyond, can be a much better indicator of success than sheer performance.

The key topic for the Summit is Trusted Teams, which is a follow up to the virtual WIN Café Event presented by the Women in Industry Division on December 8, 2021. 

Get a head start on your TAPPICon week with the Women’s Summit where you will:

•    Make new connections
•    Grow your network
•    Gain experience on the industry’s hottest topics
•    Experience an interactive team building activity
•    Engage in small breakout groups for discussion

 Women's Summit
The connections you make at this event will follow you throughout the week at
TAPPICon 2022 and in the industry as you build your career. 

Amanda Kernan

Amanda began her career in the Marketing and Public Relations industry in 2010, working in roles at Advertising and PR agencies. She has partnered with several leading technology and B2B companies over the past 12 years, managing and leading programs that have helped drive sales growth through integrated Marketing Communications programs. In 2018, Amanda began working directly in the Pulp & Paper industry and currently serves as the Marketing Manager for Valmet in North America. In this role, she collaborates with Sales and Product Management teams from both a regional and global perspective, creating and implementing content that is distributed in many traditional and digtial media channels to customers, partners and stakeholders in the industry. She is active with TAPPI and is the Second Vice Chair of the Programming Committee for TAPPI’s Women in Industry.

Amanda holds a Bachelorof Arts Degree in Public Relations with a Minor in Speech Communication from York College of Pennsylvania. She is currently based in Pennsylvania and enjoys spending time with her two children, art and traveling.


Deanna Duram
Trinity Consultants

Ms. Duram, a Managing Consultant with Trinity Consultants, is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelors degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Masters degree in Environmental Engineering. Ms. Duram is a registered Professional Engineer in Georgia and South Carolina. Since joining Trinity Consultants more than twenty years ago, she has provided air quality consulting services to clients in a variety of industries, with a particular focus on forest product manufacturing. Ms. Duram prides herself on long-term client relationships stemming from her commitment to quality and creating innovative solutions to ensure regulatory compliance with the utmost of operational flexibility.

 In addition to her traditional client and staff management responsibilities, Ms. Duram helped develop and presently directs Trinity’s Women in Leadership (WIL) initiative, focused on ensuring that women receive opportunities for advancement similar to their male colleagues. WIL related initiatives have included development of company-wide training on unconscious bias, implementation of a one-to-one mentoring program and establishment of a Women’s Resource Group (WRG) to facilitate connections amongst company staff through quarterly events and small group interactions. Ms. Duram is also a member of Trinity’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) committee.

  Maja Mejsner


Maja Mejsner graduated from Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland earning Engineering Degree in Mechanics in 2001. She joined Pulp & Paper industry the same year. Two years later, she gained a Master Degree in Management & Marketing. She has spent most of her career with PMP and in autumn 2020, after the company acquisition, joined Valmet. At present she holds the position as Director, Service SMM Business Unit.

She is passionate about coaching and public speaking. During her career she has given numerous presentations at industry international conferences in USA, China, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Turkey, France, Italy and Poland. As Maja supports the idea of diversity and inclusion, in 2015 she co-established TAPPI PIMA Women in Industry Division (USA) to actively support women in their career development (she currently holds a position of Vice Chair).

Maja grew up in Jelenia Góra, Poland, where she lives with her husband and son Mikołaj. Her personal space is filled with dancing, Nordic walking and skiing. Her goal is to maintain a healthy balance in life.

  Jay Stockard

Pulmac Systems International

Jay Stockard has an extensive background in Pulp & Paper with over 20 years of experience supporting operations and senior leadership objectives.  His education and background with producers and affiliated industries have enabled him to become familiar with most products found in industry today along with an understanding of their technical aspects and challenges.

Jay began his engineering career in process and technical support roles focused on production and process optimization, product quality troubleshooting; and then steadily progressed into operations and leadership positions.  His strong analytical skills have aided him in numerous technical and strategic endeavors including Process Improvement, Process Implementation, Financial and Operational Modelling, Financial Analysis, Due Diligence, and Strategic Investment assignments.

Joining Pulmac as Sr. Director of Product Development, Jay will be using his consulting and analytics expertise to support service offerings aiding customers in their initiatives to derive insight from their data so they can leverage their strongest resource, their people.

Rielle Walker
TRC Companies

Rielle Walker is an Associate Project Manager for TRC Companies, a global consulting, engineering, and construction management firm.  In her current role, Rielle supports environmentally focused projects for a variety of industries.  Rielle serves on the leadership team for her local chapter of TRC’s GROW Women’s Network. 

Rielle graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.S. in Paper Engineering - Environmental Engineering & Sustainable Processes and a minor in Mathematics in 2019.  During her time at WMU Rielle was actively involved in the TAPPI Student Organization Ts’ai Lun, TAPPI Student Summit Planning Committee, and was the administrative assistant for the WMU Paper Technology Foundation.  Rielle was the recipient of the 2018-2019 Paper Technology Foundation Outstanding Service Award.

Rielle started her career in industry with Solenis as a rotational STAR Engineer based in Wilmington, DE.  After completing the program, she was placed back home in Michigan as a Support Engineer.  During her time with Solenis, Rielle co-founded the Commercial Solenis Emerging Leaders Group and served as her districts Diversity and Inclusion Champion.

Rielle became a TAPPI young professional in December 2020 and joined the Women in Industry Celebrating Women Leaders Committee (CWLC).  Rielle served as Vice-Chair of the CWLC for 2021 – 2022 and currently serves as Chair of the committee.          




Other Women in Industry Events at TAPPICon 2022

Saturday, April 30th

Women’s Summit Keynote Sponsored by Valmet

Women's Summit Break Sponsored by 

5:00 - 7:00PM - Women’s Summit Reception
Sponsored by  Domtar  

Monday, May 2nd

5:00 - 6:00PM - Women in Industry Reception
Sponsored by 

Tuesday, May 3rd

12:00pm - 1:30pm - Women in Industry Luncheon

3:30pm – 5:00pm - M7: A Trusted Mentor - Is trust the key to a successful mentor relationship? (Hosted by WIN Division)

Womens Summit