For generations women were not considered to give senior leadership to the family enterprise. That trend is changing—sometimes by design and sometimes it’s an unexpected boomerang phenomenon. Join the conversation as we hear the journey of 3 women leaders and their very different paths into their current roles of leading the family business. Hear how they overcame obstacles, biases, and charted their own course.
- Heather Chandler, President of Sealstrip Corporation
- Heather succeeded her mother as president of Sealstrip Corporation, a manufacturer of easy-open and reclosable features- specifically tapes and machinery, located in Gilbertsville, PA. Sealstrip counts the largest brands on the globe as customers, including General Mills, Kellogg’s, Nestle, ConAgra, Mission, and Hershey, for example. Heather has been with Sealstrip for 29 years, in the roles of Sales, Sales Manager, General Manager, EVP, and for the last 13 years, President. Sealstrip has been placed on the PA Best Places to Work list for 11 consecutive years. Heather has recently earned Stanford’s Strategy and Innovation Certificate through the Executive Leadership Program. She serves on the board of TeamPA Foundation, and the advisory council of Ben Franklin Technology Partners. She is an Emeritus board member of the TriCountry Area Chamber of Commerce. Heather’s leadership has been recognized by CEO Magazine, Tri-County YWCA, TriCounty Network (TCN), and The Girl Scouts of Eastern PA.
- Speaking and writing on a variety of subjects, Heather frequently focuses on leadership and The Intergenerational Workplace. In addition to an undergraduate degree in Education and MBA from Penn State, Heather holds a law degree from Temple University.