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Empowering Industry Podcast

Virtual Valve Forum Event Preview

Heather Rhoderick

This week, Bethany is joined by a special co-host, the editor of Empowering Pumps & Equipment, Cieana Detloff.  They talk about how to use social media during a virtual event and then preview the VMA Virtual Valve Forum Plus Valve Basics.

Then Charli interviews Heather Rhoderick, CAE, CMP, President at Valve Manufacturers Association. Heather discusses how she joined the industry and then talks about the highlights of the event.


Rhoderick joined the VMA in 2019 after serving the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) for 11 years in various roles of increasing responsibility, most recently as senior vice president of events and information. She has 24 years of experience in trade organization operations, including leadership positions at the Newspaper Association of America and the American Chemistry Council.

Rhoderick holds an MBA from Virginia Tech, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Delaware. She is also a Certified Association Executive and a Certified Meeting Professional.

Then Charli talks to Rob Kalwarowsky about the importance of talking about mental health in the industry.

A note from Rob:

I have suffered with depression, anxiety & suicidal ideation over the last 10 years in industry working in mining, oil & gas and across heavy industry.  Maintenance workers in heavy industry report dramatically higher suicide rates than the general population.  We need to make a change and support ourselves to become healthy & happy.

As the nationwide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA facilitates access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/let039s-support-mental-health

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