Carolyn Powers

Regulatory and Compliance Specialist
Scholle IPN

“I am sincerely grateful for SVAM and the platform that they provide to celebrate women in manufacturing. It is an honor to be recognized as the 2020 Outstanding Woman in Manufacturing. May we all continue to encourage and develop the next generation of strong, capable leaders.” – Carolyn Powers, 2020 Winner

The winner of SVAM’s 2020 Outstanding Woman in Manufacturing Award is Carolyn Powers, Regulatory and Compliance Specialist at Scholle IPN in Chilhowie, Virginia. Carolyn began her career at Scholle IPN in 1997 as a front line production employee and successfully worked her way through each level of Packer, Operator and Quality. Throughout her tenure at Scholle IPN, she has helped lead successful problem solving activities and participated in Lean events to help improve our processes. Most recently Carolyn was promoted to Regulatory and Compliance Specialist. Scholle IPN has had a social responsibility committee for a number of years which allows employees to volunteer their time to community initiatives. Carolyn has always helped with these activities and outreach events, including visits to local nursing homes, Relay for Life teams, supported Back Pack program, and helped with fundraisers at the plant for supporting local families in need.

Melinda Roberts, HR Manager at Scholle IPN said, “Carolyn’s dedication has played a part in helping make our company be successful for more than twenty years. She is the epitome of a female employee who started from entry level and worked through many levels of promotions over her career. Her raw talent has been developed over twenty years and she now utilizes her past experience to help continuously improve safety and production processes and help drive those types of initiatives. She is a great example to other women in manufacturing to show how working hard, and engaging in the business through continuous improvement initiatives can help excel your career.”