Women's Leadership Network

Women's Leadership Network

Connect with Women in Packaging and Processing

Packaging & Processing Women's Leadership NetworkThe Packaging & Processing Women's Leadership Network serves to recruit, retain and advance women's careers in packaging and processing. We do this through online and in-person events, information-sharing and networking. Join the Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network group on LinkedIn to connect with peers and learn about upcoming events.

Join us at ProFood Tech 2019

During ProFood Tech, PPWLN presents "Leading Change," an interactive breakfast that will connect peers through networking exercises and shared experiences. Two featured speakers, Diane Wolf, consultant and former vice president at Kraft Foods and Karen Norheim, executive vice president at American Crane and Equipment Corporation, will explain how they successfully maneuvered the manufacturing environment to become a driving force of change at their respective companies. 


Diane WolfKey Account Executive, Competitive Capability International

Diane Wolf is a former Senior Operations Executive for Kraft Foods. She was VP of Operations, Engineering and Global Safety, Environmental and Sustainability prior becoming an independent consultant in 2012.  In her over 35 years of experience, Wolf has held key positions in capital procurement, engineering, manufacturing and product development in North America and globally for Kraft Foods.

Wolf actively led the integration of Cadbury and Kraft compliance, sustainability and EHS processes in support of global manufacturing. Prior to joining Kraft, Wolf worked for Proctor and Gamble in Cincinnati for a number of years in manufacturing.

Wolf was a founding member of two Women’s networks at Kraft, Women in Operations and the Senior Women’s Action Network. She is on the Advisory Board for Global Women’s Leadership Forum as well as a founding member and Executive Committee member of the FPSA Women’s Alliance Network.

Wolf is a board member of Heartland Alliance, a 125-year-old non-profit Chicago organization which advances the human rights and responds to the human needs of vulnerable and homeless. She became a board member of Epi Breads and Atlanta based Artisanal Bread company in 2017.

In addition to working with Competitive Capabilities International, an Integrated Continuous Improvement Consulting Company, Wolf also consults within the Food and Beverage industry.

Wolf holds a B.S. in Engineering and a M.S. in Engineering Management.

Karen NorheimExecutive Vice President, American Crane and Equipment Corporation

Karen Norheim is passionate about all things manufacturing.  As Executive Vice President of American Crane and Equipment Corporation, she oversees the successful day-to-day operations of a 180-person manufacturing facility headquartered in Douglassville, Pennsylvania.  

American Crane is recognized as a leader in the design and manufacture of cranes, hoists and other  material handling equipment, as well as components and parts for industrial, custom and nuclear  applications. American Crane serves just about every industry from aerospace to pulp and paper.  American Crane has 226,000 square feet combined capacity of manufacturing space and 150 ton  lifting capacity. They also have one of the largest floor type horizontal boring mills in the Northeastern United States along with an onsite 200 ton load testing tower.

Karen manages all company operations with an emphasis on continued expansion, growth and long  term strategy. This includes all marketing and information technology utilizing established network  and computer systems.  She received a dual Bachelor of Science degree in both Marketing & International Business and International Studies from Pennsylvania State University.  She also has a Master’s degree in Information Science and an MBA from Pennsylvania State University Great Valley.  As the 2nd generation coming into the leadership role for the her family’s company, Karen sought to  solidify the “Founder’s Legacy” while putting her own stamp on the company culture. Karen’s company’s journey to their new mantra – Grit Matters: Perseverance, Heart & Integrity is the reboot of their mission and values.

In addition to her many roles within the company, Karen also sits on the boards of many industry leading organizations. She is Vice-President of Crane Manufacturers Association of America, Inc. (CMAA),  and also serves as Chairperson for the National Board of Women in Manufacturing (WiM).

Karen is an advocate for encouraging young people to consider a career in manufacturing – particularly women. She is a frequent speaker at local schools and professional organizations. 

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