0:11 Who won this year's Girlie award at GraphExpo? Let's find out.
0:17 This person is having a meltdown behind me right now because this year's Girlie award winner is Deborah Corn.
0:31 Oh my god, I just won the Girlie award which is basically a recognition for being a woman who prints in the print industry. Mine's a little different because I don't work in the printing industry as much as I work to help people engage with the print industry.
0:50 You of course knew months in advance who was going to be the winner?
0:53 No. I actually found out in the middle of the announcement of the person describing the award winner. I actually thought it was going to be somebody else, and I couldn't for the life of me understand how that was describing that person. I'm like, that person didn't do that, but then when I heard Pat mentioned her go-to agency person print buyer, I knew it was me because that's how she describes me, and that's when I pretty much freaked out.
1:23 We also got a chance to speak with one of the previous award winners.
1:28 It was very gratifying. I don't really think a lot about awards, you know. I'm an independent contractor. I do journalism at whattheythink.com, but I also have my own private clients and just kind of in my little own little world, and I was really surprised and flattered that they chose me as the second one following Pat McGrew. So, it was it was quite a thrill.
1:52 I'm a production person so I stay behind the scenes and I push people in front of the scenes to do the best that they can do and be the best that they can be, which is what my community is all about. So, to get a recognition for that is truly something that means so much to me. I don't want to get all emotional, but it's just a recognition that people out there are listening and hearing that collaboration and partnership. It's not about competition and separating each other. It's about bringing everybody together, and this award pretty much shows that it's being noticed.
2:26 Girls who prints and the Girlie award and all of the things that we surround the printer verse with, it's all about getting people a networks built, right getting people talking and bringing net new talent into the industry. So, maybe you're a girl in college and you're not really sure where you want to go. Well, this is an industry you should take a look at, and there are a lot of creative people here and there are a lot of technical people here. So, there's room for everybody, and don't be afraid of this industry.
2:57 Do you think the Girlie award and its community is important for the America printing industry?
3:01 Yes, it is. And I think, a lot of that has to do with being able to bring more women into the industry, and I was very pleased to hear from a couple of the university people. At Ryerson, for example, like eighty percent of the students are women, and John Leininger from Clemson brought a group of people here, and they were mostly women. So, that's really exciting.
3:28 I mean there couldn't have been a more perfect day, a perfect show to be recognized. Our alliance is amazing. I mean, this is also a recognition for them, quite frankly, all of our partners, because without them I wouldn't be providing quality information and what I call printspiration to the printerverse.