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Wendy Coss, general manager of Commercial Digital Print at leading print operation Southern Impact, is the Interim Chair of the newly empanelled Special Projects Committee for Women in Print (WiP).

New chair Special Projects Women in Print: Wendy Coss
New chair Special Projects Women in Print: Wendy Coss

According to WiP, Coss brings a wealth of experience and leadership to the role, leveraging her expertise into the position. The appointment was made at this week’s WiP board meeting and will be formalised by an assessment process and final vote at Women in Print AGM in July.

Coss said, “I am incredibly excited and honoured to accept this appointment as the chair of Women in Print Australia's Special Projects Committee. I look forward to working collaboratively with industry professionals to drive positive outcomes and empower women in our field," said Coss, adding “They say once you are in the print industry you can never leave. This has proven true for me. For 30 years this industry has provided me with so many opportunities, challenges, achievements, and most importantly, the opportunity to learn from some of the most amazing mentors.”

In her role as interim chair, Coss will spearhead initiatives aimed at providing support and services to women in industry, fostering innovation, and driving positive change. Her strategic vision and commitment to diversity and inclusion make her a natural fit for this crucial leadership position.

The first project, commencing immediately, is the Women in Print Scholarship Program. “We are thrilled to welcome Wendy Coss as the chair of our Special Projects Committee,” said Stephanie Gaddin, board chair of Women in Print Australia. “Her passion for advancing women's careers in print, coupled with her extensive industry knowledge, will undoubtedly strengthen our efforts and make a lasting impact. I look forward to working with Wendy across our new scholarships programme, and the exciting initiatives the board has placed on the agenda for 2024.”

Commenting on the introduction of the new committee, Sam Dobie, deputy chair of Women in Print Australia and Tasmanian Patron, emphasised, “The new committee is is part of a wider strategy to foster broad inclusivity within the print industry, through many different programmes. We believe in creating opportunities for all individuals, regardless of background or experience, to thrive and contribute.”

As the chair of the Special Projects Committee, Coss will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of Women in Print Australia. She will drive forward initiatives that promote inclusive professional development, networking opportunities, mentorship programs, and other structural supports that are identified by the Board in the future.

To meet Coss, or any other WiP board member, don’t forget to get your tickets for the upcoming Breakfast Series, which are already selling after bookings opened last week, In addition places are filling fast for the first webinar of the year on 10 April.

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