The Manufacturing Institute has announced the 2016 STEP Ahead Award Honorees and Emerging Leaders. These women have accomplished success within their companies and have proven to be leaders in the industry as a whole. This year, the Institute has also chosen to recognize a select few for the Emerging Leaders category – representing young women who are the future of the industry and have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments at just the beginning of their careers. 

The following 130 women will be honored at the 2016 STEP Ahead Awards on April 21 at the Ronald Reagan Building. Take a look at the amazing stories of these impressive women.


2016 STEP Ahead Award Honorees & Emerging Leaders*

Miranda Aarons
AGCO Corporation

Sassa Akervall
Akervall Technologies Inc.

Marissa Badenhorst
Chevron Corporation

Chelsea Becker*
Baldor, ABB Group

Megan Benadum*
Alcoa Inc.

Danielle Berndt*
Alcoa Inc.

Victoria Biedenstein
The Dow Chemical Company

Teri Blumenthal
Rockwell Automation

Stacey Brown
American Airlines

Erin Buchanan
Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing, NA

Cheryl Bush
Kennametal Inc.

Christen Campbell*
BASF Corporation

Jezabel Cardenas*
Rockwell Automation

Shelley Ryan Carlson
Danfoss

Kenyana Ceasar*
Johnhson & Johnson Vision Care Inc.

Tiffany Chan*
Nomiku

Jaclyn Clark*
AGCO Corporation

Aundria Cohen*
Metal Essence and Machining Training Solutions

Melissa Coon
Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Jennifer Crapisi
Abbott

Leanne Cunningham
Brown-Forman Corporation

Denise DeLaune
The Dow Chemical Company

Lisa Dolan
ALOM

Linda Ehler
Hartwig Inc.

Eileen Eick
Vermeer Corporation

Paulette Enfante
Phoenix Mecano Inc.

Lisa Faris
Covestro LLC

Catherine Farris
Newport News Shipbuilding

Julianne Fatula*
Covestro LLC

Amelia Folkins*
GLOBALFOUNDRIES

Rebecca Forbes*
BWX Technologies, Inc.

Janie Fowler
Faurecia

Carol "Lynn" Fox
Baker Hughes Incorporated

Lori Frost
IPAK, Inc.

Regan Gallo
Saint-Gobain Corporation and CertainTeed Corporation

Jan Gansheimer
Honda of America Manufacturing

Heather Gawne
Stella-Jones Corporation

Daniela Gonzalez*
Baker Hughes Incorporated

Pierrette Gorman
Sandia National Laboratories

Dawn Grove
Karsten Manufacturing Corporation

Brigot Gunter
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc.

Amy Haigler
The Procter & Gamble Company

Jennifer Hamilton
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc.

Jennifer Hanna
Whirlpool Corporation

Susan Hershelman
Lord Corporation

Lisa Hirsh
Accurate Box Company

Loria Holden
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc.

Janette Hostettler
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana Inc.

Grace Hsia*
Warmilu

Tonya Hutchison*
Merck & Co., Inc.

Becky Iaconis
Exxel Outdoors, LLC

Zoe Jin
Johnson Controls Power Solutions

Toni Jones
Jabil Circuit, Inc.

Jodi Keller
United Scrap Metal, Inc.

Randi Kelley
PTC Inc.

Casey Kerrigan
OESH Shoes

Paula Kilrain
Ball Corporation

Lauryn King*
Eaton Corporation

Anna Klein*
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

Staci Kroon
Eaton Corporation

Marcia Kull
Volvo Penta of the Americas

Debra Leach
GLOBALFOUNDRIES
 

Hannah Lenoce*
Marion Manufacturing Company

Lori Lents
Solar Turbines Incorporated

Keira Lombardo
Smithfield Foods, Inc.

Addie Marie Lordemann*
3M Company

Julie Lucas
General Motors

Robin Luedtke
MillerCoors LLC

Janeen Lyle
The Procter & Gamble Company

Kathy Magee
Lancer Corporation

Barbara Manzi
Manzi Metals

Jeanenne "Jd" Marhevko
Accuride Corporation

LaRuthie Holder Mason
Shaw Industries Group Inc.

Marcy McClanahan
Ingersoll Rand

Nicole McGlone-Santistevan
BASF Corporation

Lori Melbostad
Premier Marine, Inc.

JoAnn Mitchell
Sandvik Coromant Company

Lisa Mondello
SRC, Inc.

Heather Mosier
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company

Pamela Nielsen-Fernandez
Sealed Air Corporation

Tara Obrist
Behlen Mfg. Co. Transportation

Sarah Olson
Covestro LLC

Barbara Parkerson
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc.

DeAnna Patterson*
Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing, NA

Marion Pender
ESCO Corporation

Genoveva Perez
ACE Clearwater Enterprises

Michelle Piening
Modine Manufacturing Company

Nadine Powell*
Buffalo Manufacturing Works

Stacy Putman
INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA

Katelyn Riha*
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

Aleida Rios
BP America, Inc.

Krista Roberts
Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Tchernavia Rocker
Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Elizabeth Rolinski
Johnson Controls Power Solutions

Tina Rudinski*
Lord Corporation

Shari Ruelas
Chevron Corporation

Samantha Ruof*
The Procter & Gamble Company

Aditi Saran
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

Kim Seijo
Shaw Industries Group Inc.

Nishi Shah*
The Dow Chemical Company

Rupa Shanmugam
SoPark Corporation

Jenna Shaw*
Medtronic

Jan Shumate
Eastman Chemical Company

Megan Sias*
The Dow Chemical Company

Gem Skinner
Polytron, Inc.

Elisabeth Smith
Acutec Precision Machining Inc.

Jennifer Snow-Boscolo
Terex Aerial Work Platforms

Tamara Somerville
Posi Lock Puller, Inc.

Kristy Spackey
Owens-Illinois, Inc.

Renee Story
GE Appliances

Leslie Suffredini
Alcoa Inc.

Erika Swartz*
Shaw Industries Group Inc.

Beth Takemoto*
John Deere Harvester Works

Kristi Thoman
John Deere

Tara Tibbs
Eli Lilly and Company

Beth Tucker
AGCO Corporation

Natalie Vanderspiegel
Solar Turbines Incorporated

Amanda Varricchio
Pratt & Whitney

Gina Vassallo
Caterpillar Inc.

Lisa Viazanko
Faurecia

Mary Waldo
CoLinx, LLC

Susan Walsh
Pratt & Whitney

Anna Welch
Baker Hughes Incorporated

Jennifer Wick
Caterpillar Inc.

Kristen Widunas
Jabil Circuit, Inc.

Nichole Williams*
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company

Amanda Wilson
Medtronic

Jennifer Wipf
Merck & Co., Inc.

Valerie J. Young
3M Company

Claire Yu
USG Corporation


 


*Asterisk indicates an Emerging Leader

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