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Webinar Highlights Connecting Across Generations & Gender to Achieve Goals

October 23, 2014

Karen Murphy, founder of Work/Life Pursuit, gave the first dedicated webinar for Women in Metalcasting, a special interest group sponsored by AFS focused on providing a platform for women for networking, mentorship and the sharing of ideas, experiences and best practices. During the webinar, participants talked about making connections across generations and gender to achieve work and life goals.  Murphy explored ways to make connections across generations and gender to achieve work and life goals by:

  • Identifying generational perspectives and gender bias.
  • Sharing experiences and strategies to connect.
  • Living your own work/life blend to achieve your goals. 

During the webinar, Murphy shared four patterns of gender bias with the group. Participants took a poll to see which patterns they encountered. Then, the group discussed three strategies to achieve work and life goals by connecting across generational assumptions and gender bias.

  • Be mindful of first impressions and adapt your approach to best project your capabilities. 
  • Seek opportunities to build relationships to allow people to get to know you as an individual. 
  • Find your champion and be a champion for others to overcome incorrect assumptions.

“One woman in a male dominated field can feel isolating, but women together in groups like Women in Metalcasting—sharing experiences and building work/life strategies—are powerful,” Murphy said. 

The Women in Metalcasting group is open to AFS Members. To join, please contact AFS technical and information services coordinator Katie Matticks at

AFS is a not-for-profit technical and management society that has existed since 1896 to provide and promote knowledge and services that strengthen the metalcasting industry for the ultimate benefit of its customers and society.