Professional Women in Pest Management (PWIPM)
Professional Women in Pest Management (PWIPM) is an affiliate group of NPMA whose mission is to attract, develop and support women in the pest management industry through educational programs, resources and peer networking.
Extend the networking experience of being part of PWIPM. Join PWIPM on Facebook by logging onto www.facebook.com and search for "Professional Women in Pest Management."
Join Us at Our PWIPM Events During Academy 2014
PWIPM activities will be held in conjunction with NPMA's Academy 2014 which will be hosted at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson, Arizona on July 17-19. Click here to view Academy details so you can plan accordingly. PWIPM members attending Academy are encouraged to attend our 13th Annual Summer Workshop on July 17 from 7:30-11:00 a.m.
Due to the highly positive comments and demand for her return, the workshop STAR Concepts (Safety/Training/Appropriate Response Concepts) will be facilitated by former police detective Laurie Latham along with UFC Coach Robert Follis and John Iannarelli, an agent with the Federal Law Enforcement Agency.
In this workshop, our instructors will offer an educational self defense program unlike any other. With over twenty years of experience, Latham will share her personal experiences and cover topics such as how NOT to be chosen by a predator, how to assess a situation, real-world self-defense, and using your strength as a woman. This session is a must-attend for women of any age and the technique is possible for women with any physical condition, even pregnant women or elderly. Reserve your seat and sign up for Academy today!
PWIPM Now Accepting Nominations for the Professional Empowerment Grant
Professional Women in Pest Management, an affiliate group of NPMA whose mission is to attract, develop and support women in the pest management industry through educational programs, resources and peer networking, is announcing their annual professional empowerment grant. This grant will be awarded to one female who is interested in advancing or securing a career in pest management.
This grant may be used by the recipient to defer costs related to advancing their career or education in the pest management industry. The grant will be a minimum of $1000. It also includes $500 towards travel expenses to attend the National Pest Management Association's PestWorld 2014 in Orlando, Florida in October 2014.
The Professional Empowerment Grant will be awarded during the Professional Women In Pest Management reception at PestWorld on October 22, 2014. The successful recipient(s) will be notified by September 1, 2014.
Deadline for submission: August 1, 2014
- Female currently employed in pest management industry
- Minimum of 2 years experience in the industry
To be submitted:
- Resume with work experience outlined in the pest management industry
- Essay (to be no more than 2 pages long (500-1000 words, see below)
- 2 letters of recommendation (sealed and signed by author)
- What future changes as a female do you anticipate in the pest management industry?
- How does your practical experience or interest in advancing your career in the pest management industry qualify you for this grant and how will the grant money enable you to further your career?
Letters of recommendation should comment on the student's goals and motivation and answer the following questions:
- Does the applicant have a strong interest in the pest management industry?
- What steps has the applicant taken to prepare/advance her career in the pest management industry?
The grant recipient will be required to submit an article (no more than 500 words) to PWIPM within 90 days of receipt outlining the benefit of the grant, how the funds will be used and progress being made in her career objectives.
Submit all required documents in one envelope by the August 1, 2014 deadline to:
Dominique Stumpf, CMP
Professional Women in Pest Management
10460 North Street, Fairfax, VA 22030
Professional Women in Pest Management is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2013 PWIPM Scholarship, Suzanne Wagner, Learning and Development Manager at Rentokil North America.
As the recipient of the annual scholarship, Wagner will receive funding to further her career, as well as a trip to Phoenix for PestWorld 2013. The scholarship will be awarded there at the Professional Women In Pest Management reception on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.
The PWIPM Annual Scholarship is for women interested in advancing or securing a career in the pest management industry. The recipient may use the scholarship to defer costs related to advancing their education and/or career in the pest management industry.
Past PWIPM Scholarship Recipient Testimonials
Charity Lowder - 2012 Recipient
"I can not thank PWIPM enough for allowing me the opportunity to attend PestWorld 2012. The entire PestWorld experience was so beneficial and very educational! PWIPM's dedication to women in the pest industry encouraged me to take the extra initiative to move up through the ranks and reach my full potential.
The scholarship was put to great use, by paying for my winter 2012 semester at Central Piedmont Community College. I am currently enrolled at CPCC working toward an associates degree in business. The associates degree gives me the tools that are needed to handle anything, and interact with employees of all levels.
Furthering my education will equip me with the knowledge to take on extra responsibilities and move up as a successful woman in the pest control industry!"
Laura Corbin - 2012 Recipient
"The PWIPM scholarship gave me many opportunities I wouldn't otherwise have had. It allowed me to attend PestWorld, NPMA Academy, and several other local training classes, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed. I have been able to further my education in the pest industry, and I will be forever grateful for the experience."
Sarah Thomas-Clark - 2009 Recipient
"The pest management industry has been a part of my family since 1949. Within the pest management industry, we are fortunate to have many networking opportunities and the ability to foster relationships with other individuals. PWIPM consists of females who have a passion for the pest management industry. PWIPM recognized my efforts and selected me for the scholarship in 2009 affording me the opportunity to attend Pest World in Las Vegas that year.
The scholarship provided me with funds to complete my Bachelor's Degree in Communication from SUNY New Paltz. Upon graduation I knew my passion was with pest management. I assumed the role of Marketing Specialist for my father's company and am now Vice President of my family owned business. My association with PWIPM has fostered endearing relationships with women who I admire and enjoy the same ambitions and objectives as I do.
I encourage any female within the pest management industry to apply for the scholarship. The scholarship and Pest World experience will foster your growth professionally and inspire you to make a difference in your community and the industry."
NPMA Names 2012 Women of Excellence Award Recipient
NPMA announced Judy Black, vice president of technical services for Steritech's pest prevention division, as the 2012 recipient of the Women of Excellence Award, presented by Orkin.
"We are thrilled to honor Judy for her contributions to the industry as she embodies the spirit of the award in every way," noted Rob Lederer, executive vice president of NPMA. "Throughout her 25-year career, not only has Judy contributed ably to her employers, but has been an industry advocate. NPMA is proud to join with Orkin through the Women of Excellence Award to celebrate the contributions of women, like Judy, to the pest management profession."
Since joining Steritech in 1994, Black has worked in a variety of technical and management roles, stepping into the position of technical director in 2005. She was promoted to vice president in early 2012. A graduate of West Virginia University, she received her bachelor of science in agriculture with an emphasis in environmental protection, as well as a master of science in entomology. She is a board certified entomologist and a member of Pi Chi Omega, the national pest control fraternity. Black also served as chair on the NPMA Technical Committee for a number of years, served on the inaugural Bed Bug Blue Ribbon Task Force and was the director of the Certification Board for the Entomological Society of America.
Orkin USA President John Wilson remarked, "Orkin is proud to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of women in the pest management industry by sponsoring the Women of Excellence Award for the fourth consecutive year. We are honored to sponsor an award that highlights the top talent in our industry."
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PWIPM Merchandise — New PWIPM Ties & Shirts!
Join professional women in pest management in showing support for PWIPM by wearing the latest PWIPM apparel. A portion of all sales are contributed to the PWIPM Scholarship Fund. Now available for purchase — men's ties and shirts have just arrived. Get yours today by calling (800) 678-6722.
If you are interested in learning more about PWIPM and how to be involved, please contact Dominique Stumpf at email@example.com.