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.

The STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards recognize women in manufacturing who exemplify leadership within their companies. In addition to honoring the leaders of today, Honorees are tasked with paying it forward and further encouraged to mentor and support the next generation of female talent to pursue manufacturing careers after attending a 2-day professional development program in Washington, D.C.

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? 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. 

2019 STEP Ahead Awards Program

Thursday, April 11 - Washington, D.C.
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.     Reception
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m      Dinner Program

Welcome and Opening Remarks          
Kelly Collis, Co-Host, The Tommy Show
Tommy McFLY, Reporter, NBC Washington and Co-Host, The Tommy Show
Masters of Ceremony

Carolyn Lee 
Executive Director
The Manufacturing Institute

Keira Lombardo
2019 STEP Ahead Chair
Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Compliance
Smithfield Foods, Inc.

Jay Timmons
President and CEO
National Association of Manufacturers 

2019 STEP Ahead Emerging Leaders Award Presentation

In Memoriam 
Marie Kendrick

Social Media sponsored by BASF
Keynote Speaker
Barbara Humpton
Siemens USA

Musical Performance
Kalie Shorr “Fight Like a Girl”

2019 STEP Ahead Honorees Award Presentation


2019 STEP Ahead Awards Sponsors


STEP Ahead Chair


Strategic Underwriter


Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsor



Table Sponsor








Silver Sponsors

AGCO Corporation
Air Liquide
AK Steel Corporation
Eaton Corporation
Fresenius Medical Care
Nucor Corporation
Sealed Air Corporation


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