The Manufacturing Institute has announced the 2018 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 2018 STEP Ahead Awards on April 10 at the National Building Museum. Take a look at the amazing stories of these impressive women.



2018 STEP Ahead Award Honorees & Emerging Leaders

Meyssane Alj Hakim*
Intel Corporation



Tomasina Bailey
Eaton



Beth Ballard
Ecolab



Paloma Barraza
Jabil



Tracy Barrells
Sealed Air Corporation



Teresa Bazan
GLOBALFOUNDRIES



Jeanne Beacham
Delphon



Jacquelyn Berry*
UTC Aerospace Systems



Akhila Bhiman
Fresenius Medical Care



Lynnette Borrousch
The Dow Chemical Company



Veronica Braker
BASF



Michelle Brown
FMC



Lisa Buice 
Shaw Industries



Samantha Burger*
General Motors - Flint Assembly Center


Laurie Cantu
AGCO Corporation



Brooke Carr
Caterpillar Inc.



Mariacristina Castelli
Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc.



Claire Castleman*
Eaton



Jessica Cavens
Encana Corp.



Ranjana Chandramouli*
Eli Lilly and Company



Suzanne Chevrier
Sandvik Coromant Company



Sonia Civeira
BorgWarner



Jacqueline McEntire Clark
Ash Grove Cement Company



Breanna Cornell*
Essity



Candace Corso*
3M 



Amy Costello
Armstrong Flooring, Inc. 



Annie Cowart
Shaw Industries 



Lois Crandell
GE Appliances, a Haier Company


Karen Crisp
Sealed Air Corporation



Kelly Dees
Ingersoll Rand



Eryn Devola
Siemens Mobility



Heidi Dirgins
Barnes Group Inc., Barnes Aerospace



Shannon Donnell
Brown-Forman Corporation - Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards


Clare Dowdalls
Jabil



Sarah Duckworth
Smiths Medical 



Jennifer Eckert*
Ingersoll Rand



Cheryl English
Acuity Brands, Inc.



Heather Erickson
AGCO Corporation



Mercedes Félix
Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Guanajuato, Mexico


Nicole Flippin
Duke Energy



Ann Franzen
USG Corporation 



Clare Frigo*
Johnson Controls International 



Debora Fronczak
3M 



Ellen Fulcher
Caterpillar Inc. 



Linda Gallagher
John Middleton - An Altria Company 


Myriam Gateault*
Covestro, LLC 



Kate Gauntner
The Sherwin-Williams Company 



Kelli Gilliam*
Huntington Ingalls Industries 



Kendra Goudreau*
GLOBALFOUNDRIES 



Martha Patricia Herrera Gonzalez
CEMEX



Lynn Graykowski
Welbilt 



Valerie Harriell
Volvo Penta of the Americas, LLC



Alicia Harris
Brunswick Corporation - Brunswick Boat Group 


Rachel Hawn*
AGCO Corporation 



Ashleigh Henry*
O-I 



Gina Henry
Owens Corning  



Libby High*
Arconic



Cheryl Hodge
Eaton 



Geri-Lyn Hoffman
LORD Corporation 



Jeneen Horton
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama


Michele Jenkins
Kennametal Inc.



Brittany Kanz*
Aleris International Inc. 



Heather Klish
AxleTech International 



Dana Komin
General Motors

 

Angel Kraemer*
Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. 



Helene Lagace
Aleris 



Sherry Lee
Stanley Black and Decker 



Jenna Leger*
USG Corporation 



Jodi Lonneman*
Toyota 



Elia Lopez
Procter & Gamble 



Brooklyn Lynam*
Shaw Industries 



Amanda Mahan
General Motors 



Erin Martin
Hypertherm Inc.



Chelsey Martin-Cruickshank*
Siemens

 

Morgan Mayer
Honeywell FM&T 



Lora McCawley
Siemens 



Angel McMullen-Gunn
UTC Aerospace Systems



Norma Medina
Cooper Standard 



Carmen Mendez
Boston Scientific 



Heather Meyer
Textron 



Lori Miller
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company


Cristina Munoz-Ojeda*
The Dow Chemical Company 



Joyce Niedringhaus
AK Steel Corporation 



Stephanie Nilsen
Thermo Fisher Scientific 



Ijeoma Omelogu*
Koppers Inc. 



Jennifer Onofray
Illinois Tool Works



Patti Opacic
Covestro, LLC 



Penni Orozco
MillerCoors 



Kelly Pearson
The Toro Company 



Chrissy Peloquin
Design Ready Controls 



Melaynie Perkins
WestRock 



Nancy Peterson
Peterson Tool Company, Inc.



Leslie Petrie
International Paper 



Kristen Pforr
BASF 



Maria Piastre
Metallix Refining 



Angie Pitt
O-I



Rachel Rich*
LORD Corporation 



Julie Roberts
Johnson Controls  



Edna Robinson
Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. 


Misty Rogers
ESCO 



Anne Roman
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company 



Audrey Rossman
Procter & Gamble 



Julia Rubino
Covestro, LLC 



Ayesha Satija*
AK Steel Corporation 



Danyelle Saunders
Huntington Ingalls Industries



Joyel Schaefer
UTC Aerospace Systems 



Yvonne Schaeffer
John Deere



Joan Schatz
Park Industries 



Megan Sewell
Merck & Co., Inc. 



Marygrace Sexton
Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company



Jennifer Sherman
Federal Signal 



Monica Silliman
John Deere Harvester Works  



Julie Simonson
Schwan's Company



Bridget Sparrow
The Dow Chemical Company 

 

Breanne Stockon*
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana

 

Jianhua (Daisy) Sun
Kennametal Inc.



Starlee Sykes
BP 



Amanda Taylor* 
BASF 



Melanie Tibbetts*
Pratt & Whitney 



Jennie Tinney
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company


Donna Toothman
Arconic 



Evelyn Torres
Solaris Technologies 

 

Shelley Tubaugh
Grady-White Boats, Inc.



Barbara VanderMolen
A.O. Smith Corporation



Erid Valdez Vasquez
Rockwell Automation



Lisa Vensel
AK Steel Corporation 



Katharine Wagner*
GLOBALFOUNDRIES 



Marissa Webb*
Huntington Ingalls Industries 



Rachel Wilde
Harley-Davidson Motor Company 


Joan Wrenn
Hudson Precision Products Co. 

Janet Zlomek
Pfizer Inc. 
 

*Asterisk indicates an Emerging Leader

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