Attend a Women in Standards Event today!

    • Meet standards people! Through our standards networking opportunities.
    • Build your network through happy hours (some virtual!), annual dinners, and more.
    • Gain professional development skills through webinars and presentations on conflict management, empowering women leaders, leadership training, and more.
    • Find your next job opportunity at a virtual or in person happy hour, annual dinner, or networking event.
    • Everyone is welcome, bring a joke, a story, or a question.

Women in Standards Happy Hour Events

Come to catch up, learn and share, and meet new people.

  • September 10, 2020 @ 5:30pm-6:30pm – Virtual Happy Hour – RSVP today!
  • January 14, 2021 @ 5:30pm-6:30pm – Virtual Happy Hour – Save the Date!

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Women in Standards Upcoming Webinars and Panels

August 2020

“Simplifying Standards Development: A Case Study of Less Lethal Impact Munition Standards” – Presentation by Cassandra Robinson

August 25, 2020 – 12pm EST (Register Here)

Standards are a critical part of ensuring that operational and protective equipment used by law enforcement and corrections personnel performs as expected and keeps officers safe.

More than a decade of working in this area has yielded lessons learned for dealing with the many challenges routinely experienced during the standards development process. Some challenges are how to get the right people involved, keep volunteers engaged, get stakeholder buy-in, and drive progress.

This presentation provides ideas for addressing those challenges and simplifying the process using the development of standards for less lethal impact munitions as an example.

September 2020

“Etiquette in Standards Development, Encouraging Discussion without Disdain” – Virtual Panel

Panelists include:

  • Vicki Worden, President & CEO, GBI
  • Alyson Fick, Manager, Technical Committee Operations Division, ASTM
  • Jodi Araujo, CEO, NADCA

September 9, 2020 – 2pm EST (Register Here)

Join us for a discussion with leaders in standards development as we discuss approaches to ensuring polite discourse during meetings.

The sharing of opinions and ideas in standards development meetings is critical to drafting a standard that will be valuable and impactful to all participants. However, discourse can quickly devolve into conflict and disdain when members disagree. Conflicts can also be colored by issues of imbalance and a lack of inclusion on the committee and can result in members feeling unable to speak and share their thoughts. This panel will discuss the role standards development professionals play in ensuring committee members act respectfully during meetings and how standards development organizations can support their work by establishing rules of etiquette and codes of conduct.

(1 Hour Event)

September 2020

“Navigating Change in Times of Uncertainty” – Presented by Mary Lou Meddaugh

September 24, 2020 – 5pm EST (Register Here)

Join us for a discussion on how we navigate change.  References from Ms. Meddaugh’s book, “Navigating 5 Life Changes,” An Odyssey of Resiliency and Hope will be shared as well as insights on navigating through personal growth and change.   
Change is a constant – whether we institute a change or a change is forced upon us, we all develop tools for how we manage change.  This webinar will focus on Mary Lou’s 5 step process to begin to make the changes you want to make in your personal and/or professional life.

  1. Create a Vision of Change you want to make
  2. Begin to act in ways that bring you closer to your Vision
  3. Chart Your Own Course  
  4. Believe in yourself and your abilities
  5. Don’t let fear stop you from moving forward

(40 min presentation/20 min Q&A)

October 2020

“Developing Standards at IEC” – Presented by Jan-Henrik Tiedemann, Head of the IEC Academy (click here, to review Jan-Henrik’s Bio)

October 22, 2020 – 9am EST (Register Here)

During this engaging presentation, Jan-Henrik will provide an introduction to IEC, discuss the IEC standards development process, and provide insight into how IEC approaches international standards development. Those attending will gain valuable knowledge of the international standards development process and be better prepared for participating in IEC committees.

(40 min presentation/20 min Q&A)

Interested in presenting in a webinar or future panel discussion? We are seeking speakers to discuss the following topics.

    • Member engagement
    • Building consensus
    • Stakeholder outreach strategies
    • Using social media
    • Meeting facilitation
    • Or suggest a topic

To volunteer please use our Presenter Submission Form, click here.


2020 May – Chairing an ISO Committee – Presented by Kate Dolan – view the recording

Happy Hours, Dinners, and More

2020 March – Women in Standards Happy Hour – Click to view photos from the event.

2020 January – Women in Standards Annual Dinner – Click to view photos from the event.