Three-day event highlighted female leaders in the industry.
• Michelle Gobert, president and owner of Image360 Central New Orleans
• Sheryl McHugh, founder and president of Design Type
• Sarah Naccarato, president, CEO, and co-founder of Iconography Studios
• Pam Richards, president and owner of Color Gamut Digital Imaging
• Mary Smith, CEO and operations manager of ImageSmith Communications
• Kelly Taylor, CEO and founder of Metropolitan West
At the SGIA Chairman’s Reception at Pat O’s on the River on Tuesday evening, Big Picture Editor-in-Chief Adrienne Palmer announced the winners in front of industry press, tradeshow attendees, and vendors. Gobert, Richards, Smith, and Taylor were present to accept their awards.
The winners were also recognized during the inaugural Women in Print Alliance’s networking breakfast Wednesday morning led by Fawn Germer, global leadership and premier work-life balance speaker and author of “Work-Life Reset.”
Later that day, Germer moderated a panel with three of the 2017 winners (Gobert, Smith, and Taylor) and two of the 2016 winners (Lynn Krinsky and Elaine Scrima). The female leaders discussed the role of women in today’s print industry, and shared their experiences, struggles, and accomplishments.
Top takeaways include:
• “Don’t let security be your dangerous anchor.” –Germer
• “Don’t be afraid to ask for your money upfront. Don’t be afraid to defend your prices.” –Gobert
• “Anticipate your customer’s needs. We’ve been around long enough that we don’t need to make them ask.” –Taylor
• “Print was an industry that could create the opportunity for my children to go to college debt-free.” –Smith
• “It’s our responsibility to make sure that the customer doesn’t make a mistake.” –Krinsky
• “You can’t put a price tag on employee-employer loyalty.” –Scrima