2020 Women in Industry Week

Program Overview

We get it. This year has been rough. Business challenges. Personal hurdles. Stress. Never before in our collective history have we faced such relentless uncertainties. Economic, health and personal well-being are all at stake. Through it all, you have been working and giving it your best. This is what women do.

But in order to keep up this pace, you need to recharge and reflect so that you can prepare for what is hopefully a better 2021. MHEDA and MHI invite you to give yourself the gift of learning and join us for our Women in Industry Week: The Gift of You.

Women who work in Material Handling have unique and powerful business skills and the ability to help bring their organization to the next level. We challenge you to move out of your comfort zone, gain new business insights and meet and network with other women in our industry. Together, we will increase confidence, uncover practical ways to work in a complex new world and learn strategies to avoid personal and professional burnout.


Monday, November 30Activate Your Audacity + Speed Networking Event
Tuesday, December 1Leading with Confidence
Wednesday, December 2How to Market & Keep Selling in Tough Times
Thursday, December 3Workforce Diversity & Inclusion: Steps to Get Started
Friday, December 4Use the Good Dishes!™ No Matter What Life Serves Up

Affordable Registration Fee

Please Note: Registration fee is based on individual participants.

MHEDA/MHI Members $99 per session
$299 package (Package includes access to five programs and a copy of the book “Use the Good Dishes!™ No Matter What Life Serves Up”)
Non-Members $199 per session
(Package rate not available)


Time Maximized Agenda

We know you are busy. That is why we are packing as much as possible into each session. Programs are designed to be interactive and informative; giving you the opportunity to learn AND network with other women in Material Handling. The conference moderator will be a special guest host from MHEDA or MHI.

Time noted is Central Time.

10:00 am – 10:45 am
10:45 am – 11:00 am
11:00 am – 11:45 am
11:45 am – 12:00 pm

Content Driven Presentation/ Speaker Q & A
Interactive Small Group Roundtable Discussions
Closing Remarks


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Program Descriptions

Monday, November 30 – 10:00 am-12:00 pm CT
Activate Your Audacity
+ Speed Networking Event

Presented by Erin King
Erin King

Curious about HOW you can better navigate today’s challenging times? Want to feel less afraid? Get unstuck? Maybe you just want to get your stalled momentum back on track and finally create the life you know you were meant to live? Maybe, you just need a good laugh or a good cry or to just feel a sense of connection with your fellow gals who get what it is you do every day. No matter where you are right now in this season, Erin’s highly interactive digital experience will help you break through the barriers holding you back from the bigger, bolder, more audacious life you were born to live.


Learn How to STOP:

  • Worrying about what others think about you and your choices.
  • Feeling guilty about not being what everyone needs you to be for them.
  • Comparing yourself to everyone else online.
  • Feeling “behind” where you think you should be at this point.
  • Stressing about being underprepared or underqualified.
  • Fearing mediocrity and/or failure.
  • Sabotaging your own efforts.
  • Seeking unhealthy approval from friends, family or strangers, online and off.
  • Devaluing yourself – your time, your heart, your mind.


  • Overcoming the obstacles standing between you and your biggest goals.
  • Performing at a higher level professionally and personally.
  • Loving the life you have now while moving with intention toward your future.
  • Experiencing more happiness and delight in your relationships.
  • Taking on the world with more energy and determination.
  • Knowing that your place in life has a clear purpose.
  • Navigating challenging situations at work more effectively.
  • Feeling more relaxed in social settings with new people.
  • Thinking healthier and more positive thoughts on a daily basis.

Speed Networking Event

What was the best advice you have ever received? What is your favorite quote? Favorite book? Meet with fellow Women in Industry attendees and share you a bit about yourself, lessons learned in business and more! You will have the opportunity to spin a virtual wheel, answer questions and meet with a variety of attendees as you are placed in different virtual “rooms.”

About the Speaker

Erin King is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, and entrepreneur. She is Founder of Socialite Agency, which has helped clients ranging from The Academy Awards to The United States Navy communicate more compellingly. She is the author of “Digital Persuasion” and started her first two companies, Jump Digital Media and PMS.com before the age of 30. Erin helps audiences elevate their “screen speak” via her award-winning PUB method. Off-duty, the former World Champion Irish Step Dance competitor and NCAA Division I lacrosse player can be found surfing or mountain biking with her family in Laguna Beach, CA.

Tuesday, December 1 – 10:00 am-12:00 pm CT
Leading with Confidence
+ Interactive Small Group Roundtable Session

Presented by Judy Hoberman

Too many accomplished leaders put up a great front on the outside, but inside feel like a fraud. It’s natural, but not inevitable. Judy shows how to face these doubts head on, overcome them, and boldly lead your team forward with confidence. She explains how you can surround yourself with principled teammates who do the right thing (even when it’s not in fashion), and make sure that all the leaders in your organization are armed with courage and poise.


  • Discovering how your “story” defines you.
  • Defining what confidence is and when you feel the most confident.
  • Learning the 5 “Rules” to incorporate into your daily life that will crumble the imposter syndrome.
  • Uncovering the leadership qualities you already own.
  • Understanding why the choices you make can attract or detract your customers.

Enjoy networking and discussing what you learned from the presenter during the Interactive Small Group Roundtable Session. Great way to network and learn from your industry peers!

About the Speaker

Judy Hoberman

Judy Hoberman is President of Judy Hoberman and Associates, a company focused on empowering professional women. She is an award-winning, international speaker, best-selling author, trainer and leading authority on women in leadership. With over 3 decades in business, she combines wisdom and humor with her behavior shaping insights impacting audiences of 10,000 as well as small groups and even individuals through her 1:1 executive coaching and mentoring. Men and women lead, sell, manage and recruit differently and Judy is the master at improving performance and company culture empowering both genders to better support each other’s successes in more productive ways.

In 2016 she was a TEDx speaker talking about pre-judging people. She is the author of four books, including “Selling in a Skirt” and “Walking on the Glass Floor.” She offers a training program that concentrates on women in leadership and the men who champion them, with emphasis on redefining culture. Judy is the host of a weekly radio show on The C-Suite Network called “Selling in a Skirt” and has been “The Gender Expert” on Fox News Radio. She has appeared on CNN Headlines, ABC, CBS, CW33 and Good Morning Texas, contributes articles to multiple publications and journals, and appeared on the cover of Exceptional People Magazine. Judy’s mission…to help one woman a day by following an important philosophy- “Women Want To Be Treated Equally…Not Identically”™

Wednesday, December 2 – 10:00 am-12:00 pm CT
How to Market & Keep Selling in Tough Times
+ Interactive Small Group Roundtable Session

Presented by Kelly McDonald

In a crisis or uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to connect with your customers and prospects, but in a meaningful way. But in current times, what it means to be meaningful is drastically different than what it was yesterday. People still need products and services, but if your message or approach doesn’t reflect the reality of tough times, you risk appearing irrelevant – or worse, out of touch and insensitive.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to reach people in different ways to keep your business growing and stay top of mind through the turmoil. It’s imperative that your customers and prospects know that you’re on top of tough situations and that you have their back. Marketing and selling need to take on a different tone now, one that is about solving problems, not trying to simply move product out the door.

People spend money on what they care about. And they don’t buy products, they buy solutions. Show your customers and prospects how you fit into what they need and what they value right now, and they’ll show you the money. By acknowledging people’s emotions, fears and anxieties and marketing with honesty and empathy, and by just tweaking your customer approach to reflect the times, you‘ll get the business.


  • Learn five low-cost / no cost things you can do right now to grow your business with new customers and increase customer satisfaction and retention.
  • The do’s and don’ts of marketing during a crisis so you come out ahead when the storm passes.
  • How to use honesty and empathy in your marketing and sales approach, without coming across as emotionally reactive.
  • How to communicate in a relevant manner to build trust, foster long-term loyalty and stand out from your competition.

Enjoy networking and discussing what you learned from the presenter during the Interactive Small Group Roundtable Session. Great way to network and learn from your industry peers!

Kelly McDonald

About the Speaker

Kelly McDonald is a marketing and advertising specialist and considered one of the nation’s top experts in consumer trends, generational differences and leveraging the customer experience. She is the founder of McDonald Marketing, which has twice been named one of the “Top Ad Agencies in the U.S.” by Advertising Age magazine and ranked as one of the fastest-growing independently-owned companies in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine. She has been featured on CNBC, in Forbes Magazine, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, on CNNMoney.com and on SiriusXM Radio. Her client experience includes iconic brands such as Toyota, State Farm, Nike, Harley-Davidson, Miller-Coors and Sherwin-Williams.

Thursday, December 3 – 10:00 am-12:00 pm CT
Workforce Diversity and Inclusion: Steps to Getting Started
+ Interactive Small Group Roundtable Session

Presented by MHEDA/MHI Members

Hear how fellow Members are incorporating this important industry trend into their organization.

Workforce diversity and inclusion will help your organization recruit, engage and retain high performing employees. Join us for a candid and practical conversation and learn how fellow Members have taken steps to improve their efforts with this important workplace initiative.

Enjoy networking and discussing what you learned from the presenters during the Interactive Small Group Roundtable Session. Great way to network and learn from your industry peers!


  • Identify a Leader who is passionate about DEI for this initiative
  • Generate advocacy with key stakeholders
  • Meet people where they are
  • Reframe the conversation
  • Create awareness and education
  • Celebrate Differences
  • Ask hard questions
  • Set goals

About the Speakers

Tracy Stachniak

Tracy Stachniak – Toyota Material Handling

Tracy Stachniak is Director of Human Resources (HR) and Training for Toyota Material Handling, Inc. (TMH). She is responsible for all aspects of the HR department, internal/associate training and development, and dealer training at TMH’s corporate headquarters in Columbus, Indiana. Stachniak is an advocate and spokesperson for the inclusion of women in the material handling industry. She has supported both Material Handling Institute’s (MHI) Women in Supply Chain forum and Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association’s (MHEDA) Women in Industry Conference, participating as a host or panelist during these events. Stachniak is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management where she is certified as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and is a member of Professionals in Human Resources Management (PIHRA). She also is an adjunct professor at Indiana University Purdue University Columbus, teaching various courses in Human Resources Management.

Mark Taggart

Mark Taggart – Toyota Industries Commercial Finance

Mark Taggart, CEO and President, Toyota Industries Commercial Finance has over 20 years of experience at Toyota and in the automotive and financial services industries, and he has a proven record of achieving profitable sales growth and delivering exceptional dealer and customer service. Mark’s career in the automotive industry began in 1996 when he first started working at a Toyota Dealership. He progressed through roles in sales, Finance & Insurance, and dealership general management, before moving to the wholesale side of the business with Toyota’s private distributor, Gulf States Toyota & Gulf States Financial Services (GST/GSFS), in Houston, TX. He transitioned to Toyota Financial Services (TFS) in 2003 in the Central Region in Chicago before being asked to help build and establish Toyota Financial Savings Bank (TFSB) in 2005.

In 2012, Mark moved to Japan performing key leadership roles at Toyota Financial Services Corporation (TFSC). Mark was soon promoted to Vice President at TFSC with responsibilities for 11 Sales Finance Companies (SFCs) in the Asia Pacific Region. Upon his return to the U.S., Mark helped to establish a second global headquarters for TFS based in the U.S. under the name of Toyota Financial Services International Corporation (TFSIC). Prior to his current role as President and CEO of Toyota Industries, Commercial Finance, Mark was President and CEO of Toyota Financial Savings Bank in Henderson, Nevada.

Tania Gaskell Sode

Tania Gaskell Sode – Toyota Industries Commercial Finance

Tania Gaskell Sode, Director of Diversity+Equity+Inclusion, Toyota Industries Commercial Finance. She pioneered the role of Director of Diversity+Equity+Inclusion (DEI) for Toyota Industries Commercial Finance (TICF) in 2020. In this position she is responsible for building and executing a DEI strategy aligned with TICF’s core values and mission. She helps ensure the culture drives and inspires associates to build and maintain an environment of inclusion while making meaningful contributions that have an impact on society and our daily lives.

Tania earned her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Psychology from the University of San Francisco and is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC). She volunteers with the White Chapel Refugee Team to support refugee families who move to Dallas-Fort Worth.

Amy Haug

Amy Haug – Toyota Advanced Logistics, NA/Bastian Solutions

Amy Haug is the Sr. Director of Human Resources at Toyota Advanced Logistics North America, based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Amy has worked for Toyota since 2019. She has worked in several industries including; commercial printing, consumer electronics, pharmaceutical, consulting, hospitality and higher education while gaining experience in the different functional areas of human resources. Most of her career was in the Midwest, however, she also worked in Southern Florida and Nassau, Bahamas.


Friday, December 4 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm CT
Use the Good Dishes™ No Matter What Life Serves Up
+ Interactive Small Group Roundtable Session
Presented by Dr. Elaine Dembe
Dr. Elaine Dembe

Dr. Elaine Dembe views self-care as an essential service, especially during periods of uncertainty and disruption. While her practice was shut down for the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, she took the time to update her best strategies for navigating life’s challenges in Use the Good Dishes, No Matter What Life Serves Up.

Dr. Elaine offers her insights and wise “sages” on how to build resilience, adapt, overcome challenges and find joy in everyday life. With her inimitable humor and honesty, Dr. Dembe shares her own life stories, showing us how to embrace change, value all experiences, even the painful ones and celebrate perfect moments as they happen.


Drawing on the key themes of her book and her own life stories, Elaine will guide you through her game plan for resetting your mindset. You’ll learn how to put her R.E.S.E.T. strategy into action and become better equipped to meet new challenges, while living your best life. Dr. Dembe’s R.E.S.E.T. strategy encompasses these elements:

R – Resilience (adaptability, tenacity, growth mindset)
E – Engagement (relationships, communication)
S – Self-care (sleep, stress management, exercise and nutrition)
E – Empathy (insight, compassion, trust)
T – Time-management (planning, setting priorities, energy conservation)

Enjoy networking and discussing what you learned from the presenter during the Interactive Small Group Roundtable Session. Great way to network and learn from your industry peers!

About the Speaker

Dr. Elaine Dembe is a celebrated chiropractor and longevity specialist in private practice for 42 years in Toronto, a sought-after inspirational keynote speaker, media personality, and author of 2 best-selling books; Passionate Longevity – The 10 Secrets to Growing Younger and Use The Good Dishes™ – Finding Joy in Everyday Life. Her latest book, Use The Good Dishes, No Matter What Life Serves Up has just been released. Dr. Dembe’s current speaking engagements motivate individuals and employees to strengthen their mental and physical resiliency against multiple stresses and unpredictable times and to find joy in everyday living and working. Dr. Dembe in her Chiropractic practice specializes in the care and prevention of back and neck problems, sports injuries and stress-related complaints. She has a unique way of finding the source of patient’s issues through her blend of life coaching and intuition. Dr. Dembe pursues the athletic life having run 17 marathons, and hiked many mountains including reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and weight trains in the gym.


Give Back – Toys for Tots

A portion of the registration fees will be donated to Toys for Tots. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is, through the gift of a new toy, help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America’s less fortunate children.

You can also donate a new toy! If you would like to purchase a toy, you can do so and then have it shipped to the MHEDA office. (Address: Attention: Rebecca Hein, 201 US Highway 45, Vernon Hills, IL 60061-2398). We will be collecting toys from now until December 4th and then will deliver to a local Toys for Tots drop off in the Chicagoland area.