DEI Series - Women's History Month
This dynamic panel of business leaders will discuss various aspects of being a woman in the promotional products industry. Join PPAI in commemorating Women’s History Month. As we celebrate the vital contributions women have made in business and to society at large, this session will also explore and discuss the remarkable and essential responsibilities women have taken on as they successfully balance work and home life. Moderator, Cindy Tsuji from Image Source Team will be leading the panel that includes Andrea Pereira of Rocket Science Branding, Marcia Tarnoff of Blank2Branded, Taylor Borst of American Solutions for Business, Michelle Chen of Fossa Apparel, and Meg Erber of S&S Activewear.
Cindy Tsuji (Moderator)
Senior Account Executive
Cindy discovered the promo industry after 20 years of Corporate Sales. She identifies as a 2.5 generation Japanese America born and raised in San Diego. A world traveler and endurance athlete has completed a half marathon on all seven continents. Lived in Japan four years after graduating from San Diego State University. Survived the Kobe Earthquake and now resides in Kirkland, WA. Passionate about D E + I, committed to see a more diverse and inclusive Promo Industry of the future.
Rocket Science Branding
After over 10 years in marketing, Andrea Pereira started Rocket Science Branding in 2019 to help organizations cultivate their communities through branded merchandise. Her team takes a true marketing approach to understand an organization's goals, people, and purpose and then translates this into the tangible touchpoints. A team of marketers for marketers, Rocket Science Branding telling a brand's story through strategic ideas and creative design to create lasting engagement. Rocket Science Branding, located in Garden Grove, CA, is a certified ethnic minority-owned & woman-owned small business.
Blank 2 Branded
Marcia’s innovative approach to customer objectives is unsurpassed. From idea creation to execution, Marcia strives to bring measurable results using creative sourcing outlets from around the globe. She leads a team of smart, seasoned individuals that are hand-selected to extend the enthusiasm and passion for Blank2Branded.
Head of Communications and Public Relations
Joining the industry in 2015, Taylor Borst is head of communications & public relations for American Solutions for Business. Currently, she’s a contributing writer for PromoCorner, Sous Chef with PromoKitchen, and on the Board of Directors for regional association, Upper Midwest Association of Promotional Professionals. Additionally, she has served on the PPAI SPARK workgroup and was named a 2019 PPB Rising Star.
Meg Erber of S&S Activewear (PPAI 256121) is a 17 year industry vet and a US Navy veteran. She is also a nerdy news podcast host on the #IndustryInsider, a PromoCares Do-Gooder, a BJJ purple belt and yogi. She is passionate about teaching women’s self defense and empowerment through jiu jitsu, especially to the women of our industry.
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