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 Sponsors

 Strategic Underwriter


Gold  Sponsor


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