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Women in Titanium Review of Activities and Upcoming Events


About Women In Titanium
The mission of the WiT committee is two-fold: To develop a networking group of collegial women presently in the titanium industry; and to promote, attract, and encourage high school and college women to enter the titanium industry.

To contribute to the growth of the overall titanium industry by providing mentoring, collegial and networking opportunities for women within the titanium industry and to take part in programs which advance gender equality in STEM fields for high school and college women.
Review of 2018 WiT Activities 

LAS VEGAS, Nev. --- The Women in Titanium committee held its fourth annual Professional Development Day on Oct. 7 in conjunction with the 2018 TITANIUM USA conference and exhibition at the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.

Guest speakers included Monica Beck, the ITA’s legal counsel and managing legal counsel at The Fierberg National Law Group, and Lisa M. Vidacs, senior vice president of Corporate Communications and Engagement at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

Outgoing WiT Chair Michelle Pharand, vice president of sales and marketing, Astral Air Parts, LLC, welcomed the group in attendance.

Attendees enjoyed a casual lunch, which allowed for networking and connecting with other women and men in the industry. WiT awarded prizes via raffle tickets that were handed out at the door, then commenced with the speaker presentations.

Beck’s presentation - #NotHERE – addressed workplace sexual harassment and ways employers can mitigate the emotional and monetary losses as a result. She shared startling statistics with the audience, and shed light on the ways in which sexual harassment disrupts the workplace.

Beck addressed Title VII, including what it entails (discrimination based on sex, which also includes harassment), the area it covers under the law and that retaliation by an employer is illegal.

She shed light on an employer’s liability under Title VII, and also ways in which a company could implement and policies and procedures to prevent or mitigate sexual harassment in the workplace.

Beck’s presentation sparked a lively discussion with the audience, and she addressed questions and concerns that arose. The open discussion allowed participants to hear personal accounts and ways their companies or organizations were combating harassment. Click here to view the entirety of Ms. Beck’s presentation.

Vidacs’s presentation addressed “Fact and Fiction about the Federal Reserve,” as well as challenges she faced throughout her career as a woman in a male-dominated industry.

First, she debunked some of the myths surrounding the Federal Reserve. Vidacs educated the group on how the Federal Reserve functions and its main responsibilities, including bank regulation and supervision, providing financial services and creating monetary policy.

Vidacs shared some of the struggles she faced and the lessons she learned along the way – most importantly, to be true to oneself and to make the most of opportunities that are presented to you.

When she was first approached about becoming a senior vice president, she was hesitant because she was unsure if she had the experience necessary to do the job well. Despite her fears, she took stock of her insecurities and what was holding her back and dove into the position. Vidacs encouraged everyone in the audience to make the leap no matter how daunting the task might seem at the time, because they just might succeed.

As part of the day, Mona Dine, president and owner of Pacesetter Coaching and Consulting, offered complimentary one-on-one coaching sessions throughout the day Sunday and into Monday morning. Dine joined WiT last year in Hollywood, Fla. as a speaker, and also offered her coaching sessions at that time.

Warren joins WiT

Roxanne Warren, director of RDC Programs at Norsk Titanium, joined the WiT committee this year. Warren has been an integral part of the group, offering support for WiT initiatives and hosting the plant tour of Nork Titanium and networking reception in Plattsburgh, NY in September. At her previous position with Arconic, she hosted the plant tour of the Arconic 3D plant and networking reception in Austin, Texas.

Warren is excited to share her knowledge through mentorship and connecting with other women in the industry through the WiT committee initiatives. Her enthusiasm and connections in the industry and to higher education will help expand WiT’s efforts.

Volunteer Group

The committee also announced the development of its first ever volunteer group. The group is comprised of women from various ITA member organizations, and will be responsible for disseminating WiT information to their companies, attending regional table top events and being champions for WiT initiatives. Volunteers will then have to opportunity to join the WiT executive committee after serving on the volunteer group. The committee hopes the volunteers will make an impact in their workplaces, garner more attention and drive interest in events for the upcoming year.


Roxanne Warren of Norsk Titanium to
Offer Life and Career Insights as a Mentor for WiT

Roxanne Warren, who recently was installed as a member of the executive board of the International Titanium Association’s (ITA) Women in Titanium (WiT) committee, vividly recalls when she “fell in love with titanium and manufacturing technology.” Warren, then a Program Manager for RTI, remembers a call in the spring of 2010 to manufacture a structural device that would help stop the massive oil leak at the BP Deep Water Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.

Warren led a team that manufactured RTI’s portion of the free-standing riser system that attached to the capping stack, bringing oil to the surface. Following that achievement, Warren became a program manager for the development of titanium aluminide forgings for “LEAP” high-bypass turbofan engine designed and built by Snecma Aircraft Engines of France.

It was during this period that she became involved with the ITA and the titanium industry. Warren later relocated to the Austin, Texas area to be the plant and operations manager for additive manufacturing at Arconic, and then joined Norsk Titanium in February 2018, furthering her additive pursuits as director of the company’s Rapid Development Centers (RDCs).

At Norsk, Warren is a part of the development of the company’s “Rapid Plasma Deposition™ (RPD™)” additive manufacturing team, with a focus on producing titanium aerospace components. As reported last year, Norsk made its mark in the industry by delivering the first structural additive manufacturing components for aerospace to industry giant Boeing. These first OEM-qualified additive manufactured titanium structural aerospace parts are now flying on the Boeing 787. According to various press reports, Norsk utilizes its wire-fed RPD™ process to manufacture near-net-shape titanium parts at its production facilities in both Hønefoss, Norway, and more recently, Plattsburgh, NY.

Warren said Norsk is now working with key customers to enable development agreements, allowing companies to take advantage of this  technology to rapidly design and develop parts and full-rate, serial production at its Plattsburgh, NY, production facility. In support of that growth, Norsk is expanding their marketing approach for applications in other industries: space, oil and gas, and defense.

Considering the many aspects of her extensive resume, Warren plans to share her experiences and insights as a mentor through her involvement with WiT. When it comes to being a mentor, she takes a holistic approach to that outreach responsibility. “For me, being a mentor with WiT isn’t just about titanium; it’s about leading across life.” She said she would encourage young adults (women and men) to consider a career in the titanium industry by presenting herself as a good leadership role model.

At the heart of Warren’s mentoring mission will be promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, which has been an imperative for the WiT committee. The goal is to have young adults embrace the “STEM perspective” and “wrap it around any career path they may choose, inside or outside of the engineering/manufacturing field,” she said.

Warren used her own journey as an example of the STEM perspective, saying that she began her career in computer programming, having graduated from Texas A&M University (1987) with degrees in business analysis and software development. As detailed above, her career track evolved and she became involved in manufacturing by transferring her capabilities in math and engineering. “It’s all about the STEM movement,” she said. “My programming, program management and operations background brought a unique skillset for both my past and present career direction, inclusive of additive manufacturing.”

The STEM movement also relies heavily on mentorship, applying a scientific approach to communication skills, career networking and risk management, Warren said. “We need young people to engage in predictive engineering and ‘disruptive technologies’ like digital additive manufacturing,” noting that industry advances in additive manufacturing will disrupt, redefine and reorient long-held business norms. Young adults she meets are especially receptive to this type of critical thinking. She said in many ways, mentoring today involves updating knowledge in manufacturing that was first learned over 50 years ago.

Warren mentioned two mentors that were influential in her career: Donald E. Larsen, director of special projects at Arconic Engineered Structures (and the Vice President of the ITA board of directors); and David O. Craig, the information technology director at Baker Hughes Inc. Larsen encouraged Warren to “make a difference and don’t just ‘be’ in business and life. Take your skill set and keep going, don’t stop. Create your own destiny,” she said, recalling his advice. Craig counseled Warren to invest in her skills and maintain a balanced self-confidence in spite of critics and naysayers. “Do your best and have the confidence to prove your capabilities to the world.”

Two years ago, as part of her WiT outreach, Warren hosted college students for a plant tour at Arconic’s Austin facility. “I wanted the students to see, up close, an industry that they might not have considered as a career. It wasn’t just about additive manufacturing. We provided an insight to the entirety of the business: from commercial, to engineering, to what it takes to successfully deliver quality parts that meet stringent customer requirements.” In September, Warren will host a tour of Norsk’s Plattsburgh facility and operations.

Inspired by Dawne S. Hickton, the former vice chair, president and chief executive officer of RTI International Metals Inc., ITA established the WiT committee as a means of connecting with women in the titanium industry to provide continuing education, networking and mentoring opportunities. As spelled out in its charter, the primary mission of the WiT committee is two-fold: first, to develop a networking group of collegial women presently in the titanium industry; and second, to promote, attract and encourage high school and college students to enter the titanium industry.

Thinking about her future role on the executive board of the WiT committee, and stepping back to assess her own career track, Warren simply smiled and said: “To date, it has been one heck of a ride. I am looking forward to encouraging and helping others define their version of success and achieve it.”

  WiT Visits Norsk Titanium Plant

The Women in Titanium committee hosted a Fundamentals of Titanium workshop and industry tour of Norsk Titanium’s 3D printing plant in Plattsburgh, NY Sept. 13 and 14.

The two-day event began with the first half of the Fundamentals of Titanium course on Sept. 13, taught by International Titanium Association instructor Frauke Hogue, FASM. Hogue guided students through a complete overview of titanium and an understanding of its metallurgy, characteristics, properties and uses.

In the afternoon, attendees departed for the nearby Norsk Titanium plant, which currently houses nine running 3D titanium wire printers and more that had just arrived the morning before the tour. According to an ITA article by Michael C. Gabriele, “Norsk utilizes its Rapid Plasma Deposition™ (RPD™) wire-fed process to produce near-net-shape titanium parts.”

Newly appointed WiT committee member Roxanne Warren, director of RDC programs for Norsk, welcomed everyone to the facility.

After a brief presentation, Warren and Site Manager/Director of Operations Scott McNulty offered attendees the opportunity to see printing in action. Through the use of special shields, guests could view the Rapid Plasma Deposition™ (RPD™) process.

Attendees learned more about the history of Norsk Titanium and got a chance to see the many ways in which Norsk performs quality checks on their products.

The evening networking reception at Butcher Block, compliments of Norsk Titanium, allowed attendees to kick back, relax and enjoy networking and conversation throughout the evening. Warren shared more information about her background and insight on the industry, and the casual environment allowed conversation to flow freely between guests.

WiT co-chair Holly Both thanked everyone for attending and shared information about the WiT Professional Development Day in Las Vegas, Nev., as well as future plans for the committee. She welcomed any questions, and invited people to reach out to the ITA with any ideas or input for future industry tour locations.

The two-day event wrapped with the completion of the Fundamentals of Titanium course on Friday morning.

The WiT committee’s next event is the annual Professional Development Day on Oct. 7 at the Bellagio Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., in conjunction with the Titanium USA Conference & Exhibition. The event kicks off at 12:00 p.m. with a networking lunch.

Wit teams up with Calvi Network Special Pink Profiles for Networking and Plant Tour in Italy


The Women in Titanium committee hosted a Fundamentals of Titanium workshop Jan. 18 and 19 in Rome, Italy.

The two-day workshop and networking event was made possible in conjunction with the Calvi Network Special Pink Profiles group, and included a facility tour at TiFast on Jan. 19.

Laura Zatti, corporate development manager at Calvi Holding S.p.A, helped orchestrate the experience for the attendees.

Founded in 2016, the Calvi Network Special Pink Profiles group was inspired by Zatti’s visit to the WiT Fundamentals of Titanium workshop and tour of Dynamet in Pittsburgh. “I thought, ‘It is very nice what is being done here, and it would be great if we could do it at Calvi,’” Zatti said. “It’s nice because you inspired somebody in the WiT network. We can organize events together and get different people together. It’s a nice energy we can create.”

Last year, WiT teamed up with Calvi Network Special Pink Profiles and the Arconic Women’s Network to host a reception and plant tour of Cefival in conjunction with the Paris Air Show.

According to Zatti, more than 30 people participated in the January 18 and 19 Fundamentals of Titanium workshop and TiFast tour. “Everything went very well,” she said. “We had participants from different companies and different European countries, and we had both female and male attendees from various departments.”

The Jan. 18 Fundamentals of Titanium workshop covered the basics of titanium metallurgy and titanium alloys and their properties. Dietmar Fischer, who’s been involved in the titanium industry for over 50 years, led the workshop.

“[Dietmar] Fischer was very competent and informative and everybody enjoyed the lecture,” Zatti said. “At the end of the day we organized a happy hour with some drinks and food in a cozy atmosphere.” Attendees had the opportunity to network and unwind after a full day of instruction.

On Jan. 19, the group toured the TiFast facility in Terni, Italy. Participants learned more about the TiFast facility, which melts titanium ingots and manufactures bars, wires and billets, and toured the new plant. “After a comprehensive presentation we had a plant tour, and TiFast offered a typical Umbrian lunch at a nearby country house restaurant,” Zatti said.

Zatti enjoys the networking opportunities the events provide, and looks forward to more WiT events in 2018 and beyond.

“The educational days leading up to the ITA conference in the United States allow us to catch up and tackle topics not always related to titanium. I really appreciate it,” she said. “Topics that are being presented are also interesting and deal with general life and management issues that have been very useful to me.”

In addition to the events, Zatti noted the Calvi Network Special Pink Profiles group also began publishing an internal newsletter to keep employees informed about what’s going on in the group.

“We try to make the industry more attractive [to women],” she said. “After one year, we have focused more of our energy to empower women and we are working on diversity issues.”

Join WiT for only $99 (member rate) and enjoy access to events like this one throughout the year.

You can find out more about the inspiring events WiT has planned for 2018 by visiting the website at

Laurie Itkin Webinar


“Year-end tips to pay less taxes and boost retirement savings”


The Women in Titanium committee closed out 2017 with a webinar by Laurie Itkin on Dec. 7.

According to her website, Itkin, dubbed “The Options Lady,” is a financial advisor, wealth manager, certified divorce financial analyst (CDFA) and author of the Amazon best seller, “Every Woman Should Know Her Options.”

Itkin shared financial advice with the people who tuned in to the webinar, aptly titled “Year-end tips to pay less taxes and boost retirement savings.”

WiT Chair Michelle Pharand welcomed everyone to the webinar and introduced Itkin.

Itkin shared an anecdote about her background before delving into the financial advice.

As a 24-year-old in Washington, D.C. she had been laid off twice. Her grandmother left her $1,600 in inheritance. Even back then it wasn’t a lot of money, so Itkin decided that instead of spending it, she would invest.

She then maxed-out her retirement contribution when she landed a new job.

Itkin shared three simple, vital money tips with the audience:


1.      Keep most of what you earn. Put as much as possible into a retirement plan. Check your expected retirement earnings by logging into, and plan from there.

2.      Grow what you keep. “Most women save their money, but it’s important to invest so you get more back,” said Itkin. She mentioned various options for long- and short-term investing.

3.      Own more than you owe. “Credit cards with high interest rates are a waste,” she said. Pay off those cards and buy a house instead.


If a person doesn’t have a 401k through their job, Itkin suggested opening an IRA or working with a financial planner to decide the best course of action.

The last-minute tips Itkin mentioned to save money at the end of the year included selling stocks that have gone down and diversifying investments.

For short-term goals, she suggested investing in short-term bonds, that way the money can be accessed sooner without penalty.

Itkin closed the webinar by opening the door for questions, and encouraged the attendees to reach out to her with any questions. She can be reached via email at, or you can visit her website

Join WiT now and you can listen in to the webinar here. Link Forthcoming

We look forward to an exciting year for WiT. If you’re interested in joining or would like more information, please contact Karina Graziani at or call her at 303-404-9400.

Annual Professional Development Day Recap and Photos
Major Heather Penney, Consultant Mona Dine Address Annual Women in Titanium Gathering
 by Michael C. Gabriele

Major Heather Penney and Mona Dine shared insights on their respective careers as the featured speakers at the third annual conference of Women in Titanium (WiT), held Oct. 8 the Diplomat Resort and Spa, Hollywood, FL. The WiT meeting coincided with the 2017 TITANIUM USA conference and exhibition, organized and sponsored by the International Titanium Association.

Penney served as an F-16 pilot in the 121st Fighter Squadron at Andrews Air Force Base, MD for over 10 years. As the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were unfolding, she was ordered into the air in her F-16 fighter jet to confront United Flight 93 before it reached Washington DC’s airspace. However, as documented, Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, PA, as heroic passengers fought to take control of the aircraft. This tragic development ended Penney’s mission on that fateful day.
Dine is the president and owner of Pacesetter Coaching & Consulting, Pittsburgh, and discussed strategies on how people can recognize opportunities to take appropriate actions in order to grow within their careers. She has over 20 years of experience in human resources and recently worked with two global manufacturing companies as a talent strategist. Dine is an International Coach Federation (ICF) certified professional coach specializing in career and leadership development.
Michelle Pharand, vice president, sales and supply chain for Astral Air Parts LLC, is the chair of the WiT, which operates as a committee of the ITA. Holly Both, vice president of marketing, Plymouth Tube Co., serves as vice chair. Dawne Hickton, past chair, is the president and founding partner of Cumberland Highstreet Partners. Other WiT officers include Jill Adkins, infrastructure development manager, Perryman Co.; Margaret Cosentino, vice president, government affairs and defense, Arconic; and Cindy Heatherington, vice president human resources, Titanium Metals Corp. (Timet).
Hickton, in 2014, founded the WiT group, while she served as the first female president of the ITA executive board. The mission of WiT is two-fold: to develop a networking group of collegial women presently in the titanium industry; and to promote, attract, and encourage high school and college women to enter the titanium industry.

The WiT committee looks to contribute to the growth of the overall titanium industry by providing mentoring and networking opportunities for women within the titanium industry and to advance gender equality in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) studies for high school and college women. WiT is non-discriminatory and encourages male participation at regional and annual events.
Executive Committee Members
Holly Both, (WiT Chair)
Vice President of Marketing - Plymouth Tube Co.
Margaret Cosentino
Vice President, Government Affairs & Defense - Arconic
Cindy Heatherington
Vice President, Human Resources -TIMET, Titanium Metals Corporation
Roxanne Warren
Director, RDC Programs - Norsk Titanium
Michelle Pharand (Past Chair)
VP of Sales and Supply Chain, Astral Air Parts, LLC
Volunteer Group
Jill Adkins, Perryman Company
Molly Carter, TIMET, Titanium Metals Corporation
Mary Downes, T.I. (Titanium Industries)
Linda Hirosky, Dynamet Incorporated
Linda Hsiu, VSMPO - Tirus, US
Jennifer Lopata, PRV Metals / TSI Titanium
Michelle Pharand, Astral Air Parts LLC
Shea Stitzlein, Tricor Metals
Stacey Thomas, AMETEK / Fine Tubes
Jessica Valder, ATI
Our Special Gift To You!
While all WiT sponsored events are offered a 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 one reasonably priced fee. As our way of thanking you for registering for the "All Events" option in 2018, 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 Original 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 (

WiT 2nd Generation Scarf: Scarf design is an image of the top of a 10,000 lb. Titanium Molybdenum Alloy (Ti - Mo-15) ingot. This ingot was made by Arconic Ti-Ingot in Whitehall, Michigan USA. This alloy is typically used to make medical components. The vivid colors you see in the macrostructure of this ingot are the result of the reflection of light bouncing off the differing oxidation states of titanium. Scarf is made from Paris Chiffon - material likes to be treated by hand, so no machines please! Just wash by hand and hang to dry. Scarf will happily be ironed out with steam.

Where else could you find something so fashionable that directly relates to the titanium metal industry?
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