Sarasota, Fla.-based PGT Innovations is taking part in Women’s History Month by highlighting the work it’s doing to put women into leadership roles in the traditionally male-dominated door and window industry.

In 2017, PGT Innovations launched Leading Ladies, an initiative to educate, encourage and celebrate the accomplishments of the company’s up-and-coming women executives and leaders while supporting surrounding communities in Florida.

“Creating a culture of gender diversity is a passion at PGT Innovations and is a personal goal of mine,” said Jeff Jackson, CEO of PGT Innovations. “Now more than ever, women are excelling in the workforce, making valuable contributions that advance our industry. As the father of three daughters, I personally champion this initiative, and am proud that our company has so many great female leaders and team members.”

On Tuesday, a PGT Innovations Leading Lady, Debbie LaPinska, senior vice president of human resources and customer care, will participate in Manufactured For Success, a panel discussion and lunch produced by Shumaker Women’s Leadership Initiative that will highlight women leaders in Sarasota’s manufacturing industry.

In January, the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce named Danielle Mikesell, marketing senior vice president for PGT Innovations, to its board for a two-year term. Mikesell is responsible for brand and product management, market research and analytics, design engineering, and code compliance.

“Fostering meaningful connections to help better promote and mentor fellow women is one of the most important contributions I can make as a leader,” said Mikesell. “Sharing our expertise beyond the organizations we work for, can truly make a difference in our communities.”

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