Young Professional Panel

October 3 - 6, 2021 | Atlanta, GA USA

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Young Professionals Panel Discussion

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm ET

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Thriving in the New Normal: How to Develop Your Workforce and Enhance Company Culture Post-COVID

A productive and healthy company culture is among the most important factors for employee recruitment and retention in the paper, pulp, and packaging industry.

Join us for an engaging and pertinent panel discussion on how to facilitate workforce development and strengthen company culture while we continue to face unique and unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Young Professionals Panel is session M1 of the TAPPICon VIRTUAL PIMA track. Click here for track details



Get a sneak preview on what our panelists have to say about the challenges Young Professionals face due to COVID...


Hear an intro from each panelist and then participate in two break-out rooms where you will be able to engage in topic-specific discussions, each hosted by two panelists. And don't worry about missing out on either conversation. You will have the opportunity to switch to the other break-out room halfway through the session.

And don't forget the Q&A at the end of the session. This is your chance to ask panelists your specific questions.


...and how TAPPICon VIRTUAL can help with workforce development

Lena Sharesky Brennan Augst
Garrett Fisher
Lena Sharesky

Sales Representative
Packaging Corporation of America

Session Chair

Brennan Augst

Regional Graduate Engineer

Session Chair

Garrett Fisher

Technical Service Engineer
Tate & Lyle

Panel Moderator



Larry Anker
Larry Anker

Director of Commercial Operations


Larry Anker is the Director of Commercial Operations at Solenis.  He is responsible for coordinating the P&P technical training initiatives and managing the intern and STAR (new hire rotation) program. Anker holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry, mathematics and physics from Washington and Lee University and a doctorate in chemistry from Penn State University. Anker received a Fulbright Fellowship in 1986 and was named a TAPPI Fellow in 2013.  He is a past chair of the Additives Committee and the Paper and Board Division of TAPPI.

 Lauren Baksh
Lauren Baksh

Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition
Graphic Packaging International

Lauren D. Baksh is the Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition at Graphic Packaging International, a leader in packaging design and innovation serving hundreds of the world’s most recognized brands. She has been with Graphic Packaging since 2016 and prior to that, she grew her career through a combination experiences in human resources and higher education.  In her current role, Lauren leads the talent acquisition team focused on meeting the recruiting needs of the organization.  She is responsible for developing and implementing long-term talent acquisition strategies, managing talent acquisition systems, and managing hiring programs including university relations, military and community outreach, and diversity & inclusion.
Marcina Rogers
Marcina Rogers

Quality Technical Leader
International Paper

Marcina Rogers graduated from SUNY ESF (State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry) with a B.S. in Paper Engineering and a minor in General Management in May of 2016. Following graduation, she joined the International Paper, Pensacola Mill team in Pensacola, FL. Through the REACH program, Marcina was able to receive a wide range of experience and training both at the mill and during several companywide technical events. In October of 2017, she moved into a first line leader role for Finished Products, for two machine crews (one containerboard and one fluff pulp). In this role, she was responsible for nearly 20 employees’ safety and performance. In July 2019, Marcina became the Pensacola mill’s first quality technical leader. In this role, she focuses on customer complaints and relationships for both businesses, dry end testing lab management, and quality related improvements across the mill.
Cristine Schulz
Cristine Schulz

Sustainability Leader

Cristine Schulz is the Sustainability Leader for Kimberly-Clark Professional.  She is responsible for sustainability strategy, goals, and metrics in the priority areas of social impact, forest, carbon, plastics and water footprint.  In her nearly twenty years with Kimberly-Clark, she has worked in product development, research and engineering, product safety, and corporate sustainability.  Prior to K-C, she worked for International Paper and holds a Master’s degree from the Institute of Paper Science and Technology at Georgia Tech and an undergraduate degree in Biology.   She lives in the Atlanta area with her husband and daughters.
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This is a perfect opportunity for you to learn from industry leaders.


Panelists also address why networking within the industry is critical to career development and how attending
TAPPICon LIVE! in October gives Young Professionals an opportunity to expand their business network.



The Young Professional Division will sponsor programming and networking events this fall at TAPPICon LIVE!.
The program is currently under development so visit our website often for program updates. 

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The TAPPI Young Professional (YP) Division is where undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates, and early career professionals come together to develop their leadership and technical skills, and to build relationships with peers and experienced industry professionals from across the pulp, paper, packaging, tissue, and related industries.

Learn how you can become a TAPPI YP!