Women's Summit

April 25 - 28, 2021 | Atlanta, GA, USA

Women's Summit

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 | 10AM-12PM EST

Virtual Platform


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The TAPPI Women in Industry Division is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Women's Summit will be hosted for the first time exclusively through a virtual setting. The Women's Summit addresses key topics integral to women today and is open to all participants. 

The Women's Summit will feature a Keynote presentation followed by two breakout sessions, all designed to get you talking and sharing ideas. Attendees will experience an engaging and thought-provoking event, shared by an inclusive audience.

After the event, registrants will receive an eBook with curated content from the Keynote and breakout sessions.

Register now to experience this amazing event! The 3rd Annual Women's Summit is open to all TAPPI members from every corner of the industry, as well as non-members, women, men, young professionals, students, retirees, educators, researchers, and the list goes on. So invite your colleagues and friends to join the conversation!

"You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for our own improvement." 

   -Marie Curie          


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Keys to Effective Self-awareness for Women During a Crisis

 Presented by: Dr. Mary Lou Frank, Board Member of International Women's Think Tank 


We are all living in one of the most difficult times in the last century and watching as the world struggles to find footing and a way forward.  Women leaders have shown a path that has protected both the health and economy of their cities, states, or countries, and they inspire and empower the potential in us. We can learn from them and from each other. As women, by being aware of who we are, what we bring, and how we can help each other, we can make a world of difference for ourselves and our communities.


Dr. Mary Lou Frank is a licensed psychologist and mediator. Her Ph.D. and M.S.  in Psychology as well as her M.Ed. in Counseling and B.A. in Speech Communication are from Colorado State University. Completing training in Advanced Negotiations for Executives at Harvard University, she also received mediation training at Brenau University and Georgia State University. She served as a mediator for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and serves as a state approved neutral for the courts in Georgia. She is the current President, Chair of the Law School Tournament Committee, and an executive committee board member for the International Academy of Dispute Resolution. She is co-founder of the consulting group, Transforming Mediation.


Dr. Frank is a Fellow at the Institute for Higher Education at the University of Georgia and continues to teach at Brenau and Middle Georgia State Universities. She has provided mediation training for bar associations, graduate and law students, and young leaders throughout the world, most recently in Ukraine and Poland. At universities, she has served as a professor, department chair, dean, associate vice president, and vice president and continues to consult and train nationally and internationally on mediation, civility, diversity, ethics, and leadership.


For over twenty years, she has published in journals and textbooks in psychology and counseling. Her textbook, “The Mind of a Peacemaker: The Psychology of Mediation,” the first book on mediation written from the psychological viewpoint, has gone into second edition. She received the Distinguished Provider Award in Counseling, has served as the president of the Georgia Association for Women in Higher Education, and has been the recipient of grants and awards in leadership, teaching, diversity, and community service.



Breakout session topics coming soon!



Woman of the Year Award


The Women in Industry Division’s Woman of the Year award recognizes women who have demonstrated excellence in leading, motivating, and developing others within the pulp, paper, tissue, packaging and related industries. She has had an impact on those around her and has motivated and developed others around her. Nominees should have demonstrated the following qualities:

LEADERSHIP: Has demonstrated excellent leadership skills within their company, community and/or volunteer activities. Leading by example.

IMPACT: Has had a visible and/or tangible impact on fellow employees, whether subordinates or others within their company, through actions or activities. 

DEVELOPING OTHERS: Has been dedicated to mentoring within or outside of her company, provided support for rising professionals, and been actively engaged in career coaching.

PRESENCE: Possesses visibility within their organization or field, demonstrates high integrity in actions and words, and portrays an image of strength and confidence that inspires.


Introducing This Year's Winner: Adele Elice-Invaso



Adele Elice-Invaso is the Executive Director of the Australasian Pulp and Paper Industry Technical Association (APPITA).

Adele has 23 years of experience in the pulp and paper industry across various roles including management, advocacy, technical sales and marketing, publishing and consulting. She has extensive experience engaging with stakeholders and building and strengthening collaborations for research and development between industry, universities and not for profit groups to stimulate innovation, productivity and growth of the industry.

As Executive Director of APPITA, Adele has led the development of new programs and events to better engage, connect, and develop young industry professionals. She is a passionate advocate for supporting and developing the next generation of leaders and innovators. 

More recently Adele has been involved in the development of a new online Master’s program, which is designed to prepare a new generation of engineers with entrepreneurial and advanced manufacturing skills.  The Master’s Bioproduct Manufacturing Engineering, at the Bioresource Processing Research Institute of Australia (BioPRIA), Monash University was developed in conjunction with pulp and paper industry partners and is the first online Master’s of its kind to focus on advancing bioproduct manufacturing.

Adele has held a wide range of representative positions focused on industry education, training and research. Currently she is a member of the Monash University BioPRIA Management Committee – serving as an advisor on industry engagement, operations management and education program strategies. She is also a member of the Pulp & Paper Industry Reference Committee which guides the development of qualifications that cover the full spectrum of job roles in our industry and a member of Australian Forest Product Association (AFPA) - Pulp & Paper Industry Chamber Committee.

Adele holds a Master of Engineering Science, Pulp & Paper Technology and a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons).