Girls, Girls, Girls

So I just got back from GRAPH EXPO 2012 today. I spent the majority of my time at the Girls Who Print booth inside of Deb Corn’s Printerverse section of the show floor. I got to see a bunch of people I haven’t seen in ages, like my homie Bev Burger who is now a bigwig at HP Indigo, but used to be a little person like me at a digital press shop many moons ago. And I’ll have a whole ’noter blog about Frankie Grey and some cool things you can do easily and cheaply with mobile apps. I mean like free cheap.

But for today, we’re gonna talk about girls. Girls in the printing industry and why it’s important that we stick together via groups like Mary Beth Smith’s Girls Who Print. Here are five reasons why:

1) Networking—It is always a good idea to meet as many people as you can. And in this industry, it is good to surround yourself with like-minded evangelists with whom you can share ideas and experiences with (see numbers 4 and 5 below).

Today, for example, I met a really cool lady who has been teaching graphic arts here at the College of DuPage for the last 26 years. [I didn’t even know that COD had a graphic arts program.] And she knew Bev. Small world, right?

2) Mentoring—Today there was a panel discussion on the importance of mentoring in sustaining our industry by encouraging the younger generation to pursue careers in the graphic arts. It’s a pretty basic concept, but one that should be embraced much more than it is. Get a mentor, and be a mentor. Talk to younger people about geting into our industry. Tell them why it’s a great idea. If you don’t know why, tell them to call me.

Now working as a consultant, Kelly sold digital printing for 15 years so she understands the challenges, frustrations and pitfalls of building a successful sales practice. Her mission is to help printers of all sizes sell more stuff. Kelly's areas of focus include client recovery, retention and acquisition, and marketing communications projects.
Kelly graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Political Science and, among other notable accomplishments, co-founded the Windy City Rollers, a professional women's roller derby league.

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  • Mary Beth Smith

    Girl Power!! :)

    Loved what you brought to the discussion, Kelly – great topic, and a conversation we need to keep going!

    Peace and Love :)

  • Jules Printing Assn

    Agreed!!! Thanks for keeping the conversation going & let’s get out there ladies! Super proud to be part of the new industry called PRINT & the possibilities if we stick together & inspire each other. Cheers!!

  • John Kublank

    Great Article!

  • Christine Wheatley

    How did I miss this wonderful collaboration of women in print at GRAPH EXPO? Count me in for PRINT 13!!

  • Suzanne

    Agreed here too! Is there an online location (discussion group) where we could continue the discussions? (Networking, mentoring, support, commiseration, ideas…)

  • Linda Nikolaidis

    Great article Kelly. Thanks for helping to keep us girls together!

  • Celia Werschulz

    I enjoyed reading this article and look forward to what you learned from Frankie Grey about mobile aps! Please post how to reach your blog?

  • Teresa Sutton

    Love it! Great video – I have to do something like that at my work!
    GIRL POWER! to us ladies who PRINT!