We don’t normally discuss fashion in Insight, but this is an exception. As you look at our cover story this month, you may be curious about the dress Reynolds Packaging CEO Lisa Reynolds is wearing. Here’s a hint: It’s something her company works with every day — plastic used to make food pouches. The dress was dreamed up by stylist Shalene Enz and her friend, Rhonda Johnson. The duo worked for hours to bring the idea to life.
The flexibility and strength of plastic play an integral role in the food pouches made every day at Reynolds Packaging. The company grew dramatically in the past year, going from four to 15 employees while at the same time launching new products, including ones made from biodegradable plastic. That kind of growth is impressive, and doing it during a pandemic is amazing.
Started in 1999 in the Reynoldses’ garage, the company is now in its third location and in need of more space as it continues to grow. To read more about Reynolds Packaging and the ingenuity that keeps it running, turn to my cover story on page 20.
With this month’s Insight, you also received Champions of Innovation, a publication where businesses could share their own stories of innovation. The New North is home to multiple spaces to help entrepreneurs get their start as they develop innovations of their own. Turn to page 27 to read Nikki Kallio’s Insight Insider on how these resources help bring ideas to life.
We recently completed judging for our 2021 Insight Women of Influence in the New North Region Awards. With so many compelling nominations, it was difficult to choose this year’s winners. Our judges made a lot of hard decisions and here’s a look at this year’s winners:
Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Susan May, Fox Valley Technical College
Corporate leader: Heather Schimmers, Ascension Wisconsin
Business Owner: Natasha Torry, Legal Action of Wisconsin, Rooted Law, LLC
Mentor: Andrea Holdorf, Oshkosh Area School District
Difference Maker — Community: Dr. Bola Delano-Oriaran, St. Norbert College
Difference Maker — Nonprofit: Rosangela Berbert, Samaritan Counseling Center
Young Influencer: Claire Paprocki, Brown County Health & Human Services
Resiliency Award: Yee Lee Vue, Appleton Public Library and co-owner of Bowl 91 and Little Siam
To see a full list of nominees and learn more about the Aug. 3 luncheon to honor this year’s winners, please visit insightonbusiness.com/women.
An extra dose of Insight
Listen to Reynolds Packaging CEO Lisa Reynolds discuss the increased interest in compostable packaging, which has led to company growth.
Reynolds’ video is one of many you will find online at insightonbusiness.com/home/cover-story-videos.
Insight Open golf outing
The Insight Open golf outing will be held June 17 at High Cliff Golf Course in Sherwood. Visit insightonbusiness.com/event/insight-open to register and for more information.
Women of Influence
The Insight Women of Influencein the New North Region Awards luncheon will be held starting at 11 a.m. on Aug. 3 at the Radisson Green Bay Hotel and Conference Center. Visit insightonbusiness.com/women for more information.