The STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards recognize women in manufacturing who exemplify leadership within their companies. This national honor identifies the best of the best women in the manufacturing industry, and further encourages women to mentor and support the next generation of female talent to pursue manufacturing careers. STEP Ahead draws public attention to manufacturing’s present-day reality, attracts more women into the industry, and encourages job seekers to develop the skills they need to qualify for a long-term career in this growing sector of the economy. 

Progress is not a result of happenstance — it takes leadership, vision, dedication and effort. The STEP Ahead program has made progress for these reasons and more. STEP Ahead women all across the United States have made a pledge to promote the importance of women in manufacturing, and a recent study shows just how much progress has been made: In five years, STEP Ahead Award winners have impacted more than 300,000 individuals — from peers in the industry to school-age children.
With the support of manufacturers in the United States, STEP Ahead has become a highly successful grassroots movement dedicated to overcoming the skills gap and attracting, retaining and advancing high-quality female talent.

Wondering what role you can play in helping to recruit talented women to our industry? The 2018 STEP Ahead Awards Prospectus provides a comprehensive overview of the program, and there are many sponsorship opportunities available. There is also the STEP Forward program, which gives manufacturers an opportunity to raise awareness of their company and manufacturing as a whole by showcasing existing female talent and providing unique leadership opportunities to better retain and develop that talent. The STEP Forward Prospectus can help you start a program for your company. 


 2018 STEP Ahead Chair

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Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors
Eaton Corporation
Fresenius Medical Care
GE Appliances
Owens Corning
Sealed Air
Sherwin Williams
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Volvo Penta of the Americas 

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