HPBA Launches New Women’s Mentoring Program > Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA)
August 10, 2021

HPBA Launches New Women’s Mentoring Program

The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) announced today the launch of its mentoring program for women employed in the hearth and outdoor living industries. 

This program will pair women established in the industry with those who have recently joined or are finding their place. These relationships allow for the sharing of tips, best practices, and other needs identified by the participating women.

HPBA is inviting women from its member companies to fill out an application to be paired with a mentor or mentee in the industry. More than 30 women have already signed up to participate.

“I’ve been pleased by the number and diversity of applicants we’ve seen so far, both for mentors and mentees. This industry tends to be majority men, so we thought it was important to create a program that would support women in their career development,” commented Rachel Feinstein, HPBA’s Senior Manager – Government Affairs and coordinator of the program. “The applicants are expressing their interest in developing these relationships. They see the benefit in talking to someone who has ‘been there, done that’ and learning from her experiences.”

The program will officially kick off on September 21st and participants will be encouraged to meet once or twice a month, whether over the phone, video, or in-person. HPBA will also provide suggested discussion topics to help encourage productive conversations.

The official structured program will conclude in March 2022, but the hope is that these relationships will continue to provide friendship and support. HPBA members are encouraged to visit the program website for more information and to apply.

HPBA hopes to develop additional programs to encourage more participation in the industry. “This mentoring program is a great first step to develop new industry leaders and bring new people into our industry,” noted Jack Goldman, president and CEO of HPBA. “We’ll learn from this experience and use it to expand our efforts in the future.”

 

About the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA)

The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), based in Arlington, Va., is the North American industry association for manufacturers, retailers, distributors, representatives, service firms and allied associates for all types of barbecue, patio and hearth appliances, fuels and accessories. The association provides professional member services and industry support in education, statistics, government relations, marketing, advertising and consumer education.

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