Women In Industry Initative

Want to Network with and Learn from Women who
Work in the Material Handling Industry?

Be part of MHEDA's NEW Women in Industry Initiative



MHEDA’s Women In Industry Mission Statement:

To inspire and draw women to the material handling industry by offering resources and a network that foster professional success while furthering the mission of MHEDA.


3 Ways to Get Involved

1. Join a MHEDA-NET Women in Industry Group

MHEDA-NET is a FREE member tele-networking program. You will be connected with other women who also work in the material handling industry.

Here are just a few topics groups may potentially discuss:

  • How do we promote effective means of communication between and within the genders?
  • What are some tips we can use on how to manage people?
  • What are some tips on work/life balance?
  • How do we promote the material handling industry to attract/recruit women?
  • How do we change the industry culture?
  • Click here for a complete list of topics


2. Join the Women in Industry Mentoring Program as a Mentor or a Mentee

  • Do you want to learn from other women in Material Handling?
  • Do you want to share your knowledge with other women?

If yes, the MHEDA's Women in Industry Mentoring Program is for you! Mentoring is a powerful personal development and empowerment tool. It is an effective way of helping people to progress in their careers and is becoming increasingly popular across all career fields and industries.

Click here to find out more information and sign up as a Mentee.




3. Attend MHEDA's Women in Industry Conference

MHEDA is planning a second annual Women in Industry Conference in 2018. Plans are being made to gather at the Hilton Rosemont in Rosemont, Illinois on November 8, 2018.

Spend the day learning and networking with fellow material handling professionals.

Details will be posted as arrangements are finalized.


Additionally, Attend the Women in Industry breakfast during the Annual Convention

MHEDA hosts a “Women in Industry” breakfast during the Annual Convention as a networking opportunity for convention attendees.

Save the date:

May 8, 2018 – Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami, FL

May 7, 2019 – JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix, AZ

May 5, 2020 – Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando, FL


“I am passionate about helping others in Business Development, Sales, Marketing and Education.  I work with distributors, vendors, manufacturers and team members of all levels on multiple platforms including face to face networking, online communication and social media which keeps me engaged and learning.  I love what I do each day!” – MHEDA Member Linda Anlauf, WPRP


“I was also held to a tougher standard, no doubt about it. I had to know the business inside and out or I was immediately discounted. My advice to women entering the material handling industry is this: the industry is rapidly growing, is seeking women, and in the end may the best man or woman win!” – MHEDA Member Lori Palmer, President, REB Storage Systems International


“Is there a feminine way to do business?  The answer really is yes.  Women bring new perspectives to a business. Research shows that women adapt better to new situations, make better decisions, make better leaders and invest their money more wisely. So when asked what women bring to the table, we can say both new perspectives and new solutions.” – Judy Hoberman, Selling in a Skirt