In this webinar, we’re partnering with the Women of SWPA to talk about the wastewater industry, today’s challenges and opportunities within the industry, and what the future holds for it. We’ll be joined by SWPA members Carol Stolberg, Nicole Osborne, Layla Wilhelm, Lisa Riles, and Stefanie Vaughan to hear about their experiences, insights, and advice to those working or thinking about joining the wastewater industry.
Meet the Women of SWPA that will be joining us:
Layla Wilhelm is a Product Manager at Crane Pumps & Systems, in Piqua, OH. Originally from Galway, NY, she earned her BS in Chemical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. During her undergraduate, she participated in multiple co-op rotations – two at a tungsten powder processing facility in their research and development lab, and one at a polymer start up in their research lab. Layla started at Crane Pumps & Systems after graduating as an Application Engineer, being promoted to Product Manager after a few years. She is currently pursuing her MBA from the University of Cincinnati. When she’s not working or going to school, Layla enjoys spending time outside with her husband and two dogs.
Lisa Riles is Xylem Vice President, Customer Product Solutions, responsible for the development and management of Xylem’s online selection, configuration, pricing, and quotation (SCPQ) platform focused on enhancing customers’ experience and access across the entire Xylem portfolio.
Prior to her current role, she was Sr. Director of Commercial Building Services Sales – US & Canada. Lisa has held roles in Product Management and Marketing in Xylem across multiple industry segments including Commercial Building Services, Utility and Residential as well as leading product brands- Bell & Gosset, Goulds Water Technology, Flygt and Lowara.
Lisa holds a BS in General Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA in Marketing from DePaul University. She is a past president of SWPA (Submersible Wastewater Pump Manufacturers Association) and member of SWE (Society of Women Engineers).
Stefanie is part of the 4th generation of Vaughan family who owns and operates Vaughan Company, Inc. Vaughan Company is a manufacturer of centrifugal chopper pumps, screw pumps, hydraulic mixing systems, and other specialty products sold worldwide. She has worked for the business for 25 years. Her role is Marketing Director, Trade Show & Event Coordinator, and Ops Challenge Vaughan Maintenance Event Coordinator for the 2023-2026 season. Stefanie currently is a member of the WEF MARC, WEFTEC Advisory Committee, PNCWA Member, PNCWA Women of Water, SWPA Member, and WiM (Women in Manufacturing) Member. In her spare time, she likes to coach softball, soccer, and basketball for her kids, watch live music, and get new tattoos.
Nicole began her career in the pharmaceutical industry with Abbott Laboratories, operating in management roles for 10 years.In 2006, Nicole transitioned to the pump industry where she served as the Warranty / Service Manager and Aftermarket Sales Manager for Pentair in the Municipal Wastewater sector. Beginning in 2011, she spent the next 11 years as a Global and Regional Product Manager for Pentair and Grundfos, handling the reciprocating and submersible solids handling pump portfolios for the industrial, residential, commercial and municipal markets. She is currently employed at Franklin Electric as the Global Business Development Manager for Municipal Wastewater.
Nicole has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Economics from Ashland University. She has been a member of SWPA for 12 years and has served as the Chairman of the Technical Committee and on the Executive Committee.