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Women in Titanium News - February 2017 Edition

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Women in Titanium News
February 2017 Edition

Table of Contents
Message From WiT Vice Chair

Need $5,000 for your College Tuition?

Interview with Linked In Expert, Amanda Healy

Diversity in the News

Member Spotlight: Linda Hsiu provides overview of her son's Robotic Club "Troy desTroyers"

Welcome New Executive Committee Member Margaret Cosentino

Join Us in Austin for dinner & facility tour of Arconic's 3D Plant

Our Special Gift To You!

Professional Development Opportunities Open to All

Message From WiT Vice Chair
Holly Both
President of Marketing
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Hello to all our WiT supporters!

If your schedule is anything like mine, you are probably reading this from an airport or hotel is getting busier and busier it seems, but I wanted to take a moment to encourage each one of you to participate in next month's tele-class, "Make Linked In Work for You". WiT is very fortunate to have social media and personal branding strategist Amanda Healy hosting this segment of our 2017 programming and no matter if you are on the road, participating live or dialing in to view the presentation after hours, please make time to fit this one in.

And a quick shout out to all our male counterparts out there - WiT is hosting a variety of professional development programming throughout 2017 and we encourage you to register too! WiT is pleased to lead the professional development initiative on behalf of the titanium industry and with the strong funding support of the ITA membership, WiT is pleased to make a variety of professional development segments available to ALL. Click here to learn about how you can register for this year's programming.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Austin, Texas next month for the Fundamentals of Titanium Metallurgy, networking dinner and 3D Plant Tour hosted by Arconic. It's not often we have this type of industry related tour available to our group so be sure to pre-register for the event soon - more details are provided in this edition.

Looking forward to hearing your voice or seeing you in person next month!
Need $5,000 for your College Tuition?
International Titanium Foundation, funded through a generous contribution by an anonymous ITA Member, has established a scholarship program to assist female students pursuing study in a metallurgy program in college. This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation's largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability or national origin.

Eligibility - Apply before April 5, 2017
Applicants to the Women in Titanium Scholarship Program must:
  • Be female high school seniors, high school graduates or current postsecondary students.
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • Plan to study in a metallurgy program or currently be in a metallurgy program.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent.
If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $5,000 award. One (1) award will be granted. The award may be renewed for up to three additional years or until a bachelor's degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent) in a full-time course of study and continuation of the program by International Titanium Foundation. Awards are for undergraduate study only.
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Make Linked In Work for You Teleclass
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 3:00 pm Eastern
Interview with Linked In Expert, Amanda Healy

Although Amanda Healy, senior marketing manager for TIBCO Software, Inc., is a seasoned marketing professional, she also has another title - social media and personal branding strategist.

When she's not at work, Healy spends her time travelling and hosting workshops on the power and importance of social media for professional development. She will lead the Women in Titanium teleclass on March 8, titled "Make LinkedIn Work for You."

While she speaks mainly at women's conferences, Healy presents to high school interns all the way up to Fortune 500 companies and anywhere in between. She said no matter where she goes, all the groups tend to have similar questions. "There is a lot of information, but sometimes people need someone to cut through the noise to what really matters," said Healy. "People can get overwhelmed with all of the social media out there and don't know where to start."

Healy said the teleclass on March 8 will be hyper focused on LinkedIn and how attendees can "leverage the platform to seek their next opportunity." Healy said "your next opportunity" can vary from person to person - it could mean moving up in your career, obtaining a new job, making connections or keeping your name and brand relevant.

She said the reason her talks are so effective is because they're "very prescriptive." "Attendees walk out with a list of things they can do right away to improve their LinkedIn page, as well as long-term goals," said Healy. "It's very actionable."

Healy teased a little of what she plans to cover for the teleclass. Her main objective is to help people understand the role LinkedIn plays in shaping someone's first impression, and how to take advantage of the platform. In today's age, said Healy, our first impressions of people are more than likely going to be digital.

"The beauty of social media is that we have the power to shape our first impression," she said "It's a very powerful thing. Even a high visibility individual [like a CEO] can build on their brand - it's another tool in their arsenal to continue to be a thought leader."

Healy said what she loves most about LinkedIn is that it is a "great unifier." She said people tend to think of it as an online resume, which is "really a disservice to the individual and the platform."

She wants people to use their pages almost like a personal website, where you can connect to and educate your audience about what it is you do.

According to Healy, the most important part of your page isn't your job history - it's your summary. This is where you can tell your audience what you do and why you do it. "It's why you do it that makes you human. It's a great way to not only tell us about the day-to-day of your job, but also about what is going on in the industry, why it's important, why it's a driving force," said Healy. "That's what's going to make you stand out. It makes you more relatable. People visiting your page want to connect with you on a more personal level."

Healy said she is looking forward to the teleclass and sharing more information with the WiT attendees. She encourages attendees to have their LinkedIn profile up and ready to make changes in real time. "There is a brand new version of the platform; a lot of things have changed," she said.

Attendees are invited to tweet Healy before, during and following the teleclass at @amanda_healy with questions and comments.
Diversity In the News
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11 Strategies For Achieving A More Diverse And Productive Work Environment (

Diversity Doesn't Stick Without Inclusion (Harvard Business Review)
Karina Graziani
Freelance Writer
International Titanium Association
It was my pleasure contributing to this edition of the WiT newsletter! If you are actively mentoring, or if your organization is sponsoring academic scholarships or diversity related groups or events, please contact me at so we may connect and highlight your program in a future edition. I look forward to seeing you next month in Austin, Texas!
Member Highlight: Troy desTroyers - making STEM
projects fun for all ages
At Troy High School in California, a group of students works on a new robot. Each student plays a role in the assembly - from fundraising to design, electrical and engineering. They are members of the desTroyers, an organization founded six years ago that seeks to obtain and keep students interested in the STEM fields. Although they are a relatively new team, they are starting to make waves on the FIRST Robotics Competition scene.

Junior Eldrick Hsiu is a member of the team. His primary interests lie on the business side of things. Eldrick is responsible for fundraising, but he also applies for grants from companies and organizations and even lends a hand to help building the robot when needed.

"We're not only promoting STEM, but we're teaching values for working in the future," he said. "It's very hands-on, and it's a pretty substantial opportunity for students to gain these skills before entering the workforce."

The team builds robots and travels to San Diego and Long Beach for FIRST competitions. If they win at the regional level, they advance to nationals.

"It gives them an opportunity to try different areas, so it may take them down a different path than they originally thought," said Linda Hsiu, Eldrick's mother. "Having students exposed to these opportunities early broadens their mindset."

The desTroyers also work with other local primary and secondary schools to help them establish robotics teams and host workshops at local libraries to "educate community members of all ages about the wonders of STEM."

Linda Hsiu, Senior Account Manager for VSMPO - Tirus, US with son, Eldrick

Linda is thrilled her son took an interest in the desTroyers team, considering she works for VSMPO-Tirus. "He's really enjoying it," she said. "When you see your kids having a passion for something, you enjoy it, too."

Linda presents on titanium and the aerospace industry to the desTroyers, which she said helps students see the many directions their interests can take them.

The group is led by teachers and professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to assist the students and offer support. Linda said sometimes parents will be invited to speak or help out, especially if they have a background in a STEM field.

Eldrick noted students of all ages can start hands-on application of STEM fields. "There are other competitions for younger students, so students should definitely be able to find something that interests them," he said.
Welcome New Executive Committee Member Margaret Cosentino
Margaret Cosentino, senior vice president for business development at Alcoa Defense, is no stranger to leadership roles; so when she was asked to become a member of the Women in Titanium executive committee, she jumped at the opportunity.

"I recently got a chance to meet many of the committee members," said Cosentino. "It's such an impressive, energetic group of talented individuals, and I'm excited to be part of this group in a more formal capacity."

She is also a member of the Arconic Women's Network, an employee resource group with 40 chapters and over 1,000 members worldwide. "AWN provides people the opportunity to access different departments and businesses and get to know one another," said Cosentino. "It is a platform to give women more chances to get involved not only professionally, but also gives them opportunities for personal and professional growth."

Cosentino leads external affairs for the Arconic Women's Network; she looks after affiliations and engagements with different associations and also helps organize internal professional development activities.

Alcoa has a long history of inclusion and diversity, and the separation of Alcoa into Alcoa and Arconic in November 2016 "essentially refreshed the leadership and took it as an opportunity to reengage our chapters," said Cosentino. "It's a chance for new employees and leadership to be more engaged." Alcoa was a 2013 Catalyst Award winner for its extensive efforts to support diversity and inclusion.

Cosentino looks forward to forming a stronger relationship between the Arconic Women's Network and Women in Titanium. She recalled the Paris Air Show, when AWN and WiT co-hosted a reception. Even though it was somewhat informal, "people came and didn't want to leave," she said. "It was a great opportunity for people to gather, talk and get to know one another." Cosentino said the groups plan to co-host a more formal reception at this year's air show.

One of the most important aspects of the AWN and WiT, according to Cosentino, is the mentorship component of the groups. "A mentor is someone who helps you solve problems and look at things from a different perspective," she said. "I firmly believe there is nothing more important than having mentors. We try hard to find mentors with unique perspectives - not just automatically place someone with their boss or supervisor. It's a formal program, but we encourage people to find as many mentors as they want or need."

Cosentino said the Arconic Women's Network also encourages women to find sponsors - "someone in a leadership role who can advocate for you and be a voice for you."

She is looking forward to working closely with the Women in Titanium committee to encourage professional and personal growth for women in the industry.

"I hope one of the benefits (of the collaboration between AWN and WiT) is for people to meet and develop more informal relationships, and I hope people take advantage of it to develop these relationships," she said.
Last Chance to Register for Professional Development Sponsored by WiT
March 23 - 24, 2017 in Austin, Texas
Thursday, March 23rd
Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

This comprehensive workshop will provide attendees with detailed information on the types, uses, and properties of common titanium alloys. Attendees will leave with an understanding of applied titanium metallurgy fundamentals. Ideal for anyone new coming into the titanium industry or to use as a refresher. Sales and technical professionals alike will benefit from this 1-day lecture. Plenty of time is allocated for question & answers with the instructor during the day. Click Here for Online Registration

Session #1
Historical overview of Titanium, Titanium characteristics
Comparisons with other metals
Titanium manufacturing

Session #2
Titanium Alloys, Heat treating
Corrosion resistance, Mechanical Properties

Session #3
Joining, Forming, Finishing, Safety

Session #4
Recent technology advances
Current and emerging applications

Oscar Yu, About the Instructor:
Dr. Yu recently retired as Senior Director of Advanced Innovation and Technology of RTI International Metals, Inc. He has broad experiences in processing of titanium alloys and nickel-based superalloys. Dr. Yu has more than 100 publications and seven patents.

5:30 pm - Transportation to Max's Wine Dive Restaurant - Dinner & Networking Hosted by Arconic Manufacturing ATEP
7:30 pm - Anticipated return to the hotel

Friday, March 24th
08:30 am - Transportation to Arconic 3D Plant. Refreshments and light snacks provided.
09:00 am - 3D Plant Tour Starts
11:30 am - Lunch followed by return transportation to the hotel.

Please Note:All participants of the plant tour must be pre-approved by Arconic in advance. Participants considered competitors of Arconic may not have access to a portion or all of the tour. We appreciate your understanding & cooperation.

Our Special Gift To You!
While all WiT sponsored events are offered à la carte, the best value is the annual "All Events" option that provides you with the opportunity to attend as many WiT events as you wish, all for 1 reasonably priced fee. As our way of thanking you for registering for the "All Events" option in 2017, you will receive your choice of a WiT logo polo shirt, a WiT signature scarf, or a WiT Men's Tie. Our gift to you for your valued contribution to the WiT programming. About the gifts:

About The Gifts:
WiT Logo Polo Shirts: Designed from Land's End and fit not too tight or too loose. The fabric has a hint of stretch so it's extra comfortable, excellent quality and built to last. 97% cotton/3% spandex. Machine wash. Variety of Colors offered.

WiT Signature Scarf & Men's Tie: This beautiful Tassel Scarf is 100% woven polyester with Tassel trim, 72" x 27". The image shown on the scarf and the tie is a photograph of Ti-6Al-4V, heated above the beta transus and air cooled. Then etched with ASTM #186 and photographed in polarized light with sensitive tint plate to produce the colors. The photograph was generously donated by Frauke Hogue, Hogue Metallography ( Where else could you find something so fashionable that directly relates to the titanium metal industry?
Jill Adkins
WiT Executive Committee Member

Medical Products Manager

Metalwerks PMD, Inc.

Professional Development Opportunities Open to All
All professional development tele-classes and events are non-discriminatory and WiT encourages professional females and males alike to register for the amazing segments ITA has administered on behalf of the industry.

ITA Members are offered discounted incentives but Non Members are also invited & encouraged to participate at a slightly higher fee.

The March tele-class "How to Make Linked In Work for You" will be recorded to provide those who are traveling or on different time zones with the opportunity to watch the presentation at their convenience.

Need more details? Feel free to contact any member of the executive committee or the ITA directly by completing the WiT interest form online at
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