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The Fiber Broadband Association Announces New Women in Fiber Steering Committee

March 26, 2020—WASHINGTON D.C. | As part of Women’s History Month, the Fiber Broadband Association is proud to announce appointments to its new Women in Fiber Steering Committee. Five industry leaders will direct the work of the association’s Women in Fiber group and the promotion of women in the industry.  They are:

Kim Hartwell, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Corning;

Alexa Edens, Director of Sales at KGPCo;

Mary Ellen Grom, Executive Director of Marketing at AFL;

Tanya Kanczuzewski, Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications at Dura-Line;

Holly Ruser, Manager of Specialty Business at Graybar

The Women in Fiber group grew from a desire to promote women in the industry, and to keep continued conversations about their leadership and advancement as a priority in the workplace. It also helps carryout the mission of the association to bring future-proof, high-speed all fiber networks to more Americans.

“Every year, the Fiber Broadband Association hosts a Women in Fiber luncheon at our annual Fiber Connect event. As more women joined us for conversations about the industry, how the technology workforce is changing and the unique challenges women face, it became apparent to us the association needed to have a place for these discussions year-round,” said Fiber Broadband Association President & CEO Lisa R. Youngers. “We believe the advancement of women within the industry is a key part of advancing the field as a whole. The association and the Women in Fiber group hope to continue facilitating professional development and education, driving change and bringing innovative ideas to the table.”

The Women in Fiber group plans on hosting several webinars throughout the year, engaging members at association events and collaborating with other women’s groups in similar industry sectors. The purpose is to share insights into professional development and discuss opportunities for women to achieve their full potential in the field.

“The Women in Fiber group and its steering committee offer a unique opportunity for women to not only come together to connect, but to grow from one another,” said Katie Espeseth, Vice President of New Products at EPB and current Chair of the Board for the Fiber Broadband Association. “We are proud that the Fiber Broadband Association is taking a proactive step to make the industry more inclusive and to promote the amazing work women do.”

Any FBA members interested in becoming involved with the Women in Fiber Group, please join its LinkedIn Group or contact Sarah Langan at for any questions or ideas.



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