STEP Ahead 2016: Women in Manufacturing Awards

The Manufacturing Institute is now accepting applications for their 2016 STEP Ahead Awards, recognizing women in manufacturing.

According to the Manufacturing Institute, the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production (STEP) Ahead initiative honors and promotes the role of women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research and leadership.

step ahead mfg logoThat’s a good thing because, despite making up around 50 percent of the overall labor force, women represent only 25 percent of the manufacturing workforce.

The STEP Ahead Awards recognize women at all levels (from the factory to the C-suite,) that work in manufacturing across the country.

The application for the STEP Ahead awards only takes a few minutes to fill out, and can be submitted directly on the website.

According to the website, nominees will be selected by the review committee based on “specific contributions or technical achievements the nominee has made for her company, past experiences that have shaped her and her accomplishments in manufacturing, and her unique talents/abilities that distinguish her from her peers.”

manufacturing institute logoNominations will be accepted until October 9.

100 women will be honored and of that 100, 30 will be recognized as emerging leaders, meaning they are under the age of 30.

Honorees will be announced in February of 2016.

I encourage you to consider this opportunity to recognize the outstanding women in your organizations on a national scale.