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 PWIPM at Academy 2015
Save the date for the 20th Anniversary of Academy, July 15-17 in Las Vegas. In conjunction with Academy, PWIPM will be hosting a workshop on Wednesday, July 15 from 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Heather Gordy, VP of Professional Development for Arrow Exterminators, pressents PWIPM's 14th Annual Summer Workshop:
Not all work conversations are easy or constructive. Some involve high-stakes, strong emotion, and differing opinions that can make us feel uncomfortable or agitated. Based on concepts from the book, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High, this interactive workshop introduces the basic skills needed to master these “crucial” conversations. We will explore tools to keep dialogue open and productive when conversations turn risky. Participants will leave this program equipped with a better understanding of how to recognize when conversations move from ordinary to crucial, how to speak and be heard and tips to encourage open dialogue from others.
PWIPM Now Accepting Nominations for the Professional Empowerment Grant
PWIPM is accepting nominations for 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 in Nashville, TN in October 2015. The Professional Empowerment Grant will be awarded during the Professional Women In Pest Management reception at PestWorld. The successful recipient(s) will be notified by September 1, 2015.
Deadline for submission: August 1, 2015
- 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, 2015 deadline to:
Dominique Stumpf, CMP
Professional Women in Pest Management
10460 North Street, Fairfax, VA 22030
PWIPM Announced 2014 Professional Empowerment Grant Recipient
The National Pest Management Association's (NPMA) affiliate organization Professional Women in Pest Management (PWIPM), is pleased to announce the recipient of the PWIPM Professional Empowerment Grant is Mariluz Jimenez of HomeTeam Pest Defense in San Antonio, Texas.
Mariluz Jimenez has worked in the pest control industry as a sales consultant for the past six years. According to Central Region Vice President Mike Johnson, "Mari possesses outstanding [skills]. Her sense of urgency, ability to create empathetic relationships with customers, and desire to excel are keys to her success. She is an asset to HomeTeam Pest Defense." Upon acknowledge of her winning the award, Jimenez stated: "Being selected as the Empowerment grant recipient is proof that if you reach for every opportunity as they present themselves, more doors will open, and we can soar farther than we think. Wayne Gretzky once said 'You miss 100% of the shots that we don't take'. I'm extremely grateful for this award and I look forward to using it to the best of my abilities."
As the recipient of the grant, Jimenez will receive funding to advance her career or education in the pest management industry, as well as a trip to PestWorld 2014 in Orlando, Florida. The grant will be awarded during the PWIPM reception at PestWorld on October 22, 2014.
Past PWIPM Scholarship Recipient Testimonials
Suzanne Wagner- 2013 Recipient
"Attending NPMA’s PestWorld 2013 was an incredible experience that definitely helped me achieve my career goals. I want to thank PWIPM for granting me this scholarship and covering my attendance at the conference. This was the first time I had been able to attend, but I certainly hope it is not the last as I benefited so much from the experience! Meeting so many new faces and hearing about their learning and development endeavors gave me some fantastic ideas that I can apply to the programs at Rentokil. This to me embodies the spirit of PWIPM and the purpose of the scholarship as the opportunity aided both my education and career growth."
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 2014 Women of Excellence Award Recipient
NPMA Past President Laura Simpson of Dugas Pest Control of Baton Rouge in Louisiana, is the recipient of the 2014 Women of Excellence Award. This award recognizes female pest management professionals who demonstrate outstanding leadership and have made notable contributions to the development and growth of other women in the industry. To view recipients of previous years, click here.
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