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WOMEN’S BRUNCH

by Allan Hoving

Third Annual Women Influencer’s Brunch Celebrates 50 of the Industry’s Finest

In partnership with AMETEK ESP, presenting sponsor of the Women Influencer franchise, The Cannata Report team celebrated their three 2018 Women Influencers cover subjects, EO Johnson’s Mary Jo Johnson, HP’s Anneliese Olson, and Xerox’s Ragni Mehta at a Friday morning women’s brunch. EFI, Konica Minolta, and Supplies Network also joined ESP in sponsoring the brunch.

After a night of awards and dancing, many of the industry’s most influential women gathered for the Friday morning event in the sunlit atrium of The Madison Hotel in Morristown, New Jersey. Complementing The Cannata Report’s annual Women Influencers issue and related online content at TheCannataReport.com, quarterly WI department profiles in the magazine, and the annual Best Female Executive Frank Award, this event marked the third consecutive year the organization has brought the industry’s women together to formally recognize their contributions.

This year, nearly 50 female industry leaders attended the affair to network, share best practices, and listen to valuable insight from Johnson, Olson, and Mehta. Including this year’s three cover women, 10 of the last 15 Women Influencers selected by The Cannata Report were in attendance: Konica Minolta’s Kay Du Fernandez and Anne Marie Woessner, GreatAmerica Financial Services’ Jennie Fisher, PSIGEN Software’s Victoria Hensley, Kyocera’s Danielle Wolowitz, and Sue Wilson, formerly of Toshiba. Fresh off her fourth consecutive win for Best Female Executive Frank Award, Konica Minolta’s Laura Blackmer also joined the prestigious group.

Representing 20 companies, including the “Big Six” Japanese manufacturers and HP Inc., guests enjoyed glasses of champagne or a Tequila Sunrise, The Cannata Report’s Senior Vice President of Client Services and Events Carol Cannata’s signature cocktail for the morning’s event. Frank and CJ graciously welcomed the group and thanked them for their attendance, and Frank presented each woman with an inspiring read from his column honoring veterans, Code Girls by Liza Mundy.

Highlighting the many capabilities of print today, Carol took the mic to present each guest with a personally designed bag, emblazoned with her trademark signature, filled with impressive gifts for each guest. 

Over the past year, Carol worked creatively with EFI to design the black and white canvas bag with yellow accents, which was printed on an EFI Reggiani machine. ESP gifted each guest a beautifully designed box of wine accessories. Carol also consulted with Konica Minolta and its associates at Print Panther to create a boxed set of notecards showcasing a variety of printing technologies. The printing and embellishing of these zebra-themed notecard sets were done on an AccurioPress with IQ Optimization and the MGI JETVarnish 3DS with iFoil-S. Kyocera generously provided a ceramic knife set made from its technology, customized for The Cannata Report. For the motivated and enthusiastic women who attended an early morning yoga session, led by The Cannata Report’s Chief Correspondent, Women Influencers and Young Influencers franchises, Sharon Esker, Supplies Network provided a personalized insulated water bottle, which matched The Cannata Report’s signature dark blue yoga mats.

Johnson, Olson, and Mehta illustrated how they have dared greatly within their careers. Having spent her entire professional career at Xerox, Mehta spoke of the importance of pushing herself outside her comfort zone to continue expanding her knowledge base preparing herself for new opportunities to grow within the company. As a dealer, Johnson encouraged the female audience to actively seek opportunities that will elevate their positions, relying on their skill sets, commitment to excellence, and self-confidence. Olson also inspired the women to be calculated in taking strategic risks that will allow them to grow and advance in their careers. 

Each of this year’s Women Influencers also addressed the value of mentors and sponsors. While technology may still be a male-dominated industry, women are making headway, thanks to those—males and females—in elevated positions who are helping to guide careers and actively advocate for women.  

With a custom-designed bag slung over their shoulders, our industry’s women left the third annual Women Influencers Brunch energized and inspired. The Cannata Report team also departed with excitement for next year’s event.

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Distinguished executives from the following companies attended The Cannata Report’s 3rd Annual Women Influencers Brunch:

All Covered
AMETEK ESP
BPO Media
EFI
Leaf
CIT
Doing Better Business
EO Johnson
GreatAmerica 
HP Inc.
Hytec
Konica Minolta
Kyocera
PSIGEN

Ricoh
Sharp
Supplies Network
SYNNEX
Systel Business Equipment
Toshiba
Wells Fargo
Xerox

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