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WithIt Publicizes “Damaged Ceilings: Classes from The High” Training Breakfast in October


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Pictured clockwise from prime left: Caroline Hipple – President, Norwalk Furnishings, Melinda Whittington – President & CEO, La-Z-Boy, Inc., Maria Mullen – President, Hubbardton Forge, and Laurie Tokarz – President, Restonic Mattress Corp.

WithIt (Girls In The Residence Furnishings Business At the moment) pronounces “Damaged Ceilings:  Classes From the High” – the group’s fall academic breakfast being held throughout Excessive Level Furnishings Market, October 23rd, 2022. The occasion options an all-star panel of ladies who’ve made it to the highest within the residence furnishings business:

  • Caroline Hipple – President, Norwalk Furnishings
  • Melinda Whittington – President & CEO, La-Z-Boy, Inc.
  • Laurie Tokarz – President, Restonic Mattress Corp.
  • Maria Mullen – President, Hubbardton Forge

WithIt’s bi-annual academic breakfasts are all the time well-liked occasions throughout Excessive Level Furnishings Market, and October’s occasion will almost certainly host a sold-out crowd. The occasion introduced by Myriad Software program, additionally a women-led firm, will happen Sunday, Oct. 23rd from 7:30 am – 9:00 am within the IHFC, Inexperienced Wing, Worldwide ballroom. Membership is just not required to attend. For extra info and tickets, go to:

Norwalk Furnishings President, Caroline Hipple, would be the panel moderator. Describing the theme of the panel, she states, “After I was engaged on WithIt’s first board of administrators 25 years in the past, our purpose was to maneuver the needle on ladies main main corporations within the residence furnishings business. We hoped to ‘break the glass ceiling’ in all ranges of organizations by providing our members management alternatives. I’m thrilled to sit down down with these unimaginable ladies to debate our journeys on the way in which to the highest of our corporations and what we’ve realized alongside the way in which. We wish to encourage the subsequent technology of leaders to achieve increased than they dreamed they may.”

The panelists will talk about subjects akin to: visionary management; management ideas; core values round management; and being a change agent. In true WithIt model, the discussions might be genuine and relatable.

“WithIt is celebrating its 25th anniversary this yr, and the dignity of internet hosting a panel of ladies of such stature in our business confirms the significance of the mission of our group,” states WithIt’s government director, Amy Van Dorp. “The panelists characterize many various areas inside the residence and furnishings business. So, whether or not you’re an inside designer, an entrepreneur, retailer, otherwise you’re within the company world, we promise, you can be engaged, educated and impressed.”

Along with presenting sponsor Myriad Software program, supporting sponsors of the schooling breakfast embrace Durham Furnishings  and AICO Amini Innovation Company, main corporations who imagine that the schooling and improvement of ladies builds the C-suite pipeline. Desk sponsorships which embrace eight tickets are nonetheless accessible. Contact Cathy Smith, WithIt’s Growth Director at



About WithIt

WithIt was shaped in 1997 for girls within the residence and furnishings industries so as to assist their multi-dimensional profession paths. The non-profit community is predicated in North Carolina and supported by main corporations throughout the business together with their Imaginative and prescient and Platinum sponsors: Worldwide Market Facilities, J.B. Hunt Transport, Myriad Software program and Stressless. WithIt’s function is to encourage and develop management, mentoring, schooling and networking alternatives for skilled ladies within the residence and furnishings industries.



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