Styles of Leadership

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Gender Related Roadblocks to Leadership

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Biggest Challenges to Female Leadership

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Significant Barriers to Female Leadership

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SSPC Women’s Impact Award 2016


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WJTA-IMCA Pioneer Award Acceptance Speech

Background of WJTA-IMCA

The WaterJet Technology Association (WJTA) and Industrial & Municipal Cleaning Association (IMCA) members include high pressure waterjet and industrial vacuum equipment users, manufacturers, distributors, researchers, regulators, and consultants.  WJTA-IMCA is international in scope with corporate and individual members throughout the world.

Every two years, one member is considered for its Pioneer Award. The Awards Committee of the WaterJet Technology Association (WJTA) – Industrial & Municipal Cleaning  Association (IMCA) has selected Lydia M. Frenzel  to receive the WJTA-IMCA’s highest honor, the 2015 WJTA-IMCA Pioneer Award. The Pioneer Award is presented in recognition of your contributions to the waterjet industry and to the achievement of the goals of the WJTA-lMCA, your high moral character, your strong personal and business ethics, and your dedication to the future of the waterjet industry and to the growth of WJTA-IMCA.

Acceptance Remarks by Lydia Frenzel

Thank you for that wonderful introduction. I particularly want to thank Dr. Mohamed Hashish from AquaFlow (formerly Flow International) for nominating me.  It takes time to respond to request for nomination and write the letters. Thank you Dr. Hashish.

I grew up on the Gulf Coast of Texas, as the middle daughter of a hardware store owner. I worked in the store putting appliances together as well as hunted and fished the rugged Coast area. When I found a deep interest in science, my Mother told me that I could be whatever I strove for, even in the sciences and engineering which were mostly closed to women in the 1960’s and 70’s.

My husband Charles, is an artist, a writer, and a scientist. Together we share a closely-knit vision of life that merges creative and personal interests, and have published 10 novels together.

By choice, my husband and I have no children. Our legacy are the women and men that we have known, nurtured, and challenged to be the best they can. Along our path, my path, my search for excellence within myself is a search for excellence in others.

My path has taken me from college research to pipe yards to coal mining in California to Waterjetting as the final frontier.

I founded the Advisory Council, an influence network which deals with emerging technologies and their social and economic effects. Along with new techniques including dustless abrasives, sponges, and water abrasive, a primary mission of the Council is to promote effective means of using high pressure waterjetting techniques in painting.

What does this mean? By promoting waterjetting, the Advisory Council sponsors and I are saving people from lung damage and lead poisoning, and protecting the environment. We change the world by promoting global standards for the industry. Along the way, we try to save part of the 600 billion dollars that corrosion costs us every year in the US.

The best way to lead is by SERVING.

I work to influence the paint maintenance industry all over the world by chairing standards committees for National Association of Corrosion Engineers, and the Society of Protective Coatings. I formulate the US position for selected International Standards Organization working groups on surface preparation and paint. I have served on the WJTA Board of Directors. It’s all volunteer work.

The Advisory Council members are willing to sit, shoulder to shoulder in front of an audience even though they are all competitors for the same business. Of course, they are sensitive to the bottom line, but they also look to see how the world will work 5, 10, 50 years from now.

Even though the members are competitors, they recognize the truth of the Advisory Council’s Credo: “Competition and cooperation are not mutually exclusive”. This is an influence network- to shoulder a higher responsibility. They have come together to build an industry.

Water in surface preparation to remove existing coatings and corrosion truly seems to be a winning situation to meet performance expectations. By the creation of a standard language, we establish the ground for improvement initiatives. “We Do the Basics Well.”

My search for excellence within myself is a search for excellence in others. Now I want to recognize and thank individuals who have brought Waterjetting and Coatings together and supported my efforts. They range from multinational to small, family owned businesses.

Mike Guin and Mel Guillory- Butterworth

Forest Shook, Ted Kupscznk, Jeff Shook, Jim Van Dam- NLB Corporation

George and Jennifer Rankin, – Aqua-dyne

Greg Mort and the late Richard Demmings- Ingersoll Rand

Mike Goecke and Denny Mesarvey – Hammelmann

Rick Schmid and Mohamed Hashish- Flow Waterjetting

Frank Moll- Hydrochem

Larry and Robbie Fulmer with sons Chris and Randy-who welcomed me into their family-Carolina Equipment and Supply

Jenny Houston- Turtle Skin

Charlene Yarbrough and her amazing staff at Cleaner Times for giving me a forum.

Jonell Nixon- Certified Coatings Inspectors

Craig Anderson, Paul Webster—Parker Polyflex

Willie Mandeno- for bringing me to the attention of the New Zealand Navy

Mark and Sue Weston- for the numbers of invitations to give keynotes to the Australasian Corrosion Association

Wayne Senick- Termarust Technology- Canada,

John Tanner-retired- Ameron Paint-,

Soren Johannsen- Denmark- retired- Hempel Paint,

Paul Whitehead and Jim McCarthy- PPG Paint,

Dr. John Kelly and Dr. Mike O’Donoghue- International Paint

Peter and Belle Petkas- HoldTight

James Johnson and Hap Peters- Chlor*Rid

Ed Smith- Hartmann Walsh Contracting

Richard Dupuy- UHP Projects

Doug and June Koppang- A-1 Able Services- FL

Sid Taylor- Incal Pipe Rehabilitation

Roland Lever- Cavi-Tech- who showed me the fundamentals of cavitation.

As a non-profit organization, we can always use more support. It’s the people who come together cooperatively that build the industry. So I invite you to get on board. There is still a lot of ground to be covered so that the industrial maintenance sector will understand that “Water is True Grit!”

Thank you again WJTA-IMCA for selecting me for your Pioneer Award

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Flowers around Vancouver WA Last of February to Middle of March 2015

Low lying purple Sage? was first to bloom

Low lying purple Sage? was first to bloom


Purple with hanging white blooms as we drive into complex

Purple with hanging white blooms as we drive into complex


Hanging white clusters of blooms

Hanging white clusters of blooms

Random pink flowering trees by road

Random pink flowering trees by road

Rose Pink flowers.  Could it be pomegranate?  It's not quite right.

Rose Pink flowers. Could it be pomegranate? It’s not quite right.


Looks like a type of holly, but probably isn't IN the park.

Looks like a type of holly, but probably isn’t
In the park.

Yellow flowering bush in the park

Yellow flowering bush in the park


Daffodils near mailbox

Daffodils near mailbox

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The Other Side of Fun- Paint and Concrete

Week of Feb 2-6, 2015

I’m getting ready for a flight ot Las Vegas to the Society of Protective Coatings (SSPC) and the World of Concrete annual meetings and exhibitions.  On February 3rd, I will receive the SSPC John T. Keane Award fro Outstanding Leadership and significant contribution to the development of the protective coatings industry and to SSPC.  The Board of Governors selects the awardees, not something you can place your own name into the hat. It was a total surprise.  I am excited about this recognition by my peers.

Also I hope to put the near end to moving to publication new standards for Wet Abrasive Blasting cleaning.  Thought that would get done last year (first started on this standard in 1985). Wet Abrasive Blast has gone through 3 chairman and back to me.  Someone alwyas wants a different twist.

World of Concrete exhibition should be fun.  I’ve never been to it, many of my supporters are there.

Paint on steel and Concrete are the foundations of our infrastructure.  For many years, I have advocated holistic reforms in the maintenance.  A few of my colleagues have listened.

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Published Twin Sceptors- Lunaria Cycle 2015-01-05

We just released the 6th Volume in the Lunaria Cycle- “The Twin Sceptors” on Amazon in eformat. The Brief plot is:

The twins, Burton and Edward, are born to Claire and Pem. Tess and Royard have Fitz. The three babies are inseparable. Pem, as King of Lunaria, supports programs that help the population, while the Council plot to gain complete control over the economy. Claire, with the aid of a local Magister, begins to set up schools based on merit, not privilege. First Councilor Torvall Garrund, spurred by the influence of Dark Sage Jallis Ruffin, sends out a warrant to arrest Queen Claire for treason. With Gilbert’s help, Pem and Claire, Tess and Royard, flee with their three babies.

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Chapter 1: Home!

My birth mother insisted that my real name is Claire Ellen Fisher. That’s a lie; I’m a Miller. Just because my father was lost in Iraq doesn’t mean she was entitled to force her maiden name on me and abandon my father’s memory. By a quirk of fate, I am also known as Queen Claire of Lunaria. It’s a long story and I was very young when this began. I begin to think it was all a dream.

They say that home is where the heart is. When I first walked with Pem into Lunaria, I thought of Ridgeville, Texas as my real home. After a while I thought of Greyhaven in southern Lunaria as my real home and Astora Garrund, Gilbert’s widowed daughter, as a surrogate parent, and now, as a married woman about to produce children, I think of the Palace in Lumminea as the place where Pemburton Windover, my husband and King, will build our more-or-less permanent nest. I expect to spend the rest of my days thinking of this as my real home.

After losing my father, my much-missed Grandmother Miller seemed to take over my education from my mother, who didn’t seem much interested in me. As I remember it, Grandmother prepared me for most everything in my life—even this displacement. My story can be confusing, so I mostly don’t talk about myself. Except for a few strange talents and prodigious good fortune in marrying Pem, I prefer to think of myself as a rather ordinary person.

Although I am married to the King, I remain a Lady of the Realm. Everything I personally own or control is near the capitol. My personal property, my estate vineyards, are close at hand where I can keep watch over my vintner who so far has done an excellent job. In keeping with tradition and fortunate coincidence, I sell a great deal of my finest wines to the Royal Cellars which are overseen by my father-in-law and former Regent, Edward Godwyn. I’ve added fields of flowers that sell in their season in the capitol at a good profit. None of this would be possible without my Lady companion, Tess of Tribana, who handles my accounts and helps Gilbert keep a close eye on the Royal treasury. Everything else belongs to the King, which is to say, the State. Even the gold ring on my finger belongs to the State. Life is good, if complicated.

When I say that life is good, in large part I am talking about my friendship with Gilbert Greybaird, widely known as Lord Greybaird of Greyhaven, who has been my staunch friend since my second day in Lunaria. Among other things, as a close friend to the Regent and prior Queen, he raised Pem in lieu of Pem’s father, Edward. Pem’s mother, Queen Rachael, was killed leading troopers against a border raid, and her consort, Edward Godwyn, as the actual Regent, drank too much and seemed generally too unreliable to raise the future heir of the nation. Knowing Edward as I do, I doubt that was more than a convenient façade which allowed both men to keep an eye on the Great Council. There’s a lot of unproven palace gossip about Gilbert’s relationship with the Queen. I really don’t care. My cultural background in Texas, as exemplified by my Grandmother, was quite liberal on these points. I’d have to say that Gilbert did a credible job of raising my husband. Pem is generous by nature, kind towards women—though occasionally too friendly in my way of thinking—and dedicated to the future of his people. I’d also say he is inclined to be charmingly naïve, stubborn, and apt to take what people tell him at face value if it pleases him. Also, he is inclined to listen to my proposed populist ideas.

As Gilbert so often reminds me as our official Privy Counselor, that is where my job begins. I seem to have lots of jobs.

Mags pretends to be my faithful maid. She may be admirably attentive to my needs—at least those she considers needs and not whims—but she is anything but a maid. While she may perform these duties, she is actually a transplant from Gilbert’s security services, one of his palace operatives who form the backbone of his network. I rely on her more as my friend and confidant than someone who takes care of my appointments and folds my clothes. She has set out to find me the perfect Nanny for my upcoming change in situation. She also keeps a seamstress occupied letting out my gowns and making me look less like a hippopotamus and more like a Queen worthy to stand by the King.

Pem, to my delight, has taken into employ a personal aid—someone to see about his clothes, his grooming, and other details of a man’s life that he desires to keep separate from me, his wife. It is strange to me, but I accept the choice as part of the way men are brought up in this society.

Egan is a slender, dapper man, dark hair parted in the middle with a few gray threads, and always neatly dressed, much like a male equivalent of my Mags, though I don’t think he is as smart as my assistant. His long thin nose divides his face and makes his eyes look close together and less alert, but this is an illusion for I have noticed that Egan, like Mags, sees everything.

I made an addition to my personal retinue while we were visiting with our good friends, the Ranapuis, in Ranaputkin. I received a petition from Sidra Ranapui’s daughter, Ribecah, to become a companion or Lady-in-Waiting. I accepted, even though Sidra was somewhat against it. She thought—with some justification—that she would be putting her daughter in danger being close to me.

Ribecah resembles her mother in many ways. She is fair of skin, with large, exotic green eyes, and glossy black hair pulled back and pinned up on the nape of her neck. She is slender, but not as delicate as her mother.

I had promised to look after Ribecah, and I have. One of the reasons for this decision was that I detected in Ribecah a latent talent to use the nanites that infest this world. It’s what makes my Healer’s Sight, as my friend, Sage Leandra, calls my ability to visualize the microscopic and open strange channels of communication. To others, I have been known as the Hands of the Healer. I should explain that it isn’t my ability at all to do these repair-things. The magic-like talent is nothing more than interacting with these microscopic nanites. It’s something to do with the individual’s genes. Lunarians have lost all knowledge of these things—except for a few scruffy peasant types like me who happens to come from a technologically advanced world.

My plan is to assign Ribecah to Tess who has so far refused to consider someone like Mags in her service. Tess, who normally has such remarkable clear sight, misjudges her importance to me. I know that Gilbert greatly desires the placement of someone in Tess’s household who will function as Mags does in mine. Ribecah would do nicely, though not in Mags’ role, but in the role of shared companionship and a measure of protection. Ribecah is accomplished with the sword, though not so good as Tess, and four eyes are better than two when there is your backside to consider. As Tess has pointed out to me, not even the Palace is entirely safe.

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