About the Women's Council
The Women's Council fosters the professional development of
women in the waste industry while striving to increase their business,
financial and leadership skills through education, workshops,
mentoring, and networking. In addition, the Women’s Council offers
scholarships to students in pursuit of a career in the environmental
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When I attended my first Women’s Council meeting in Savannah,
Georgia, not only was I surprised by the warm reception I received from
old friends and new, but felt empowered by the caliber of women in the
organization! I found that my original motivation to "make business
contacts" was morphed into "I hope I am able to mirror the drive,
integrity and camaraderie" I felt when I was around WC members. I no
longer feel as if this is just another organization that can benefit my
personal business goals. I want to be around these amazing women on a
personal basis and give back to the industry we serve. They make me
want to "up" my game to possess the qualities that they do, and I am
grateful to serve them in any way I am called upon to do so.
Director of Sales - Municipal Marketing & Key Accounts, Eastern Region
Otto Environmental Services
As a relatively new person to the waste industry in 2009,
joining the Womens' Council immediately gave me a wealth of connections.
As the years have gone on and I participated more in the Womens'
Council, I have gained friends and colleagues that have contributed to
my growth as a person and a member of our industry. The Womens' Council
programs and events are structured to teach, share resources and unify
it's members...I'm extremely proud to be part of this group that provides top-notch education, mentoring and networking opportunities, all in the name of advancing professional development.
Waste Pro USA, Inc.
Networking and Social Opportunities
There are various outlets for members to interact with one another
on both a professional and personal level. The best way for members to
take advantage of these opportunities is for them to attend in the
meetings and events, and to become involved in one or more committees.
- Two Board and Membership Meetings are held each year: one
in conjunction with Waste Expo in the Spring and the other with the
EIA’s Executive Round Table (ERT) Conference in the Fall.
- Each year, the president of the Women’s Council plans a "members-only" educational conference and/or tour. Check out the photos of some past tours and conferences, including visits to Westborough,
Massachusetts; Phoenix, Arizona; and Chicago, Illinois.
- Informal mentoring opportunities develop through
relationships that are established within the Women’s Council. These
allow members to share experience and successful strategies.
- The Women’s Council’s committees are a great way for
members to grow professionally as well as to acquaint themselves better
with other members.
- The Education Committee develops the education sessions offered to the industry at-large. These sessions are offered in
various formats including public speakers at industry events and
- The Fundraising Committee helps raise money to fund the Council’s programs. The “Where Does My Garbage Go?” coloring book sponsorship and the Carts On Parade program held at Waste Expo are two current fundraising programs.
- The Marketing Committee works to promote the Women’s Council
to current and prospective members, and to the waste industry in
- The Membership Committee keeps the members connected and involved through communications and organized social events.
- The Scholarship Committee reviews applications for the annual academic scholarship award.
Educational Programs and Resources
As one of the primary focuses of the Women’s Council, educational
programs are presented to its members and the waste industry. (See calendar of events/programs here.)
- Webinars on various topics are offered each year, scheduled
typically around the lunch hour to encourage participation. These
sessions are open to all EIA/NSWMA/WASTEC members.
- The Women's Council sponsors educational programs or
speakers at Waste Expo in the Spring and the EIA Executive Round Table
meeting in the Fall.
Information and resources are available to Women's Council members through the password-protected "members-only" section of its Web site (www.eiawomenscouncil.org).
Current resources include a complete member roster, and the Council’s
operating guidelines, budgets, and board books from the past two years.
Comments or questions?
Peggy Macenas, Manager
Tel: 800-679-6269 or firstname.lastname@example.org