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Rachel Heisten

I'm always thinking about the future- what's next, and how to get there. At Leggett & Platt, I spend much of my time identifying ways to better prepare our company for the talent challenges ahead including building our future leaders, planning for succession, and providing tools to retain, engage, and develop our employees. I have a bachelor's in Business Administration from Arkansas, and a J.D. from University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

Women in Manufacturing: Inside the 2nd Annual Conference

WIM iconRecently, Leggett & Platt sent four employees to the annual Women In Manufacturing conference. When I told my husband I was headed off to a conference for work, he said, “Where? Orlando? Vegas?” “Nope,” I said, “Detroit.” Despite my initial coolness towards spending two days in the Motor City, it was the perfect location for an enlightening and motivating trip spent with a group of impressive women from Leggett’s operations.

We became members of Women in Manufacturing in early 2013, when we discovered the organization and some of their activities online. A subgroup of the Precision Metalforming Association, Women in Manufacturing focuses on “the support, retention, and advancement of women in the manufacturing industry”. Their second annual conference was held October 22-23 in Detroit, Michigan, home of Ford, General Motors, Daimler-Chrysler, Carhartt, and Caterpillar. With the encouragement of our COO, Karl Glassman, I organized a small delegation of women from Leggett to attend the conference.

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