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 Tsuji, senior account executive with Image Source, discovered the promo industry after more than 20 years in corporate sales. A second-generation Japanese American, Tsuji was born and raised in San Diego, where hers was the only Asian family in the predominantly white, upper-middle-class community of Point Loma. She is the proud daughter of a seamstress and gardener, who were interned in the Poston, Arizona concentration camp for those of Japanese ancestry during WWII. A passionate world traveler and endurance athlete, she has completed a half marathon on all seven continents, including Antarctica. Tsuji moved to Japan after graduating from San Diego State University and traveled throughout Southeast Asia for four years. She now lives in Kirkland, Washington.
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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