Manufacturing Institute Empowers the Next Generation to Pursue STEM Careers

Print“We  all  have  a  role  to    play  in  ensuring  our    nation’s  competitiveness  through  our  commitment  to  manufacturing. We    must  empower    each  other  as  ambassadors  of  the  industry  we  love  so    we  can  inspire  the  next­-generation  of  talent  to  pursue    manufacturing  careers  and  encourage  current  female  talent  within    the  industry,” said Jennifer McNelly, president of The Manufacturing Institute.

Manufacturing faces a serious skills gap. Part of this gap is the underrepresentation of women in the industry. While women make up approximately 50% of the labor force, that number is only about 24% in the manufacturing labor force.

As part of the STEP Ahead initiative, the Women in Manufacturing STEP Awards honor women in the manufacturing industry who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory-floor to the C-suite. STEP Ahead inspires next generation female leaders to pursue a career in manufacturing and showcases the amazing opportunities the manufacturing industry can offer.

On March 26, 2015, The Manufacturing Institute will honor 100 women and 30 Emerging Leaders at the STEP Awards in Washington, DC plans to mentor 1,000 girls and young women in STEM by 2016 through our partnership with the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP). Through this partnership we have encouraged our STEP Ahead Honorees to engage in NGCP’s FabFems Project is a national database of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions who are inspiring role models for young women. This project gives our Honorees an opportunity to inspire young women who have similar interest but aren’t connected to adults who exemplify the STEM career pathway.

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