We’re All in This Together

…so let’s figure out the new normal. In the words of author, speaker, and trainer Jonathan Lockwood Huie: “In the midst of crisis, boldly seize opportunity.”

If there is one good thing to come out of the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, it might be the global dedication to personal hygiene—both at home and in the workplace. Not only has this changed our society, it has changed production and operations for our paper, tissue, packaging, and nonwovens industries. Over the next few months, and possibly years, we’ll be discussing these changes and how our industry did, and should, respond.

We need you—our TAPPI community—and the global industry to join in these critical conversations.

With social distancing as the “new normal,” events, conferences, and other large-scale meetings around the globe have been postponed or cancelled, but there remains a need to share, learn, and connect. The temporary loss of face-to-face interaction is definitely a downside, but having the technology in place to make meaningful and timely substitutions (such as teleconferences and webinars) clearly has been another positive outcome from a very negative situation.

It’s important to stay connected and informed and we invite you to join the conversation on TAPPI Connect. Provide your thoughts and feedback while making needed connections. This online resource for members, non-members, and volunteers was (and still is) used to collaborate, share knowledge, and problem-solve, providing real-time communication every day.


The increased focus on virtual “meetings” also renewed interest in online learning and webinars as options for many people and teams who are working exclusively remote. We want our members and the industry to continue learning and sharing during challenging times and so we offer several complimentary webinars to help you continue your professional development. Visit www.tappi.org/webinars to view a full list of upcoming and archived webinars.

If there has been a single, key takeaway from weeks of forced telecommuting, it might be how important it is to remain connected to peers, like those in our TAPPI community. Let’s stay connected, work together, and support our industry.