The Manufacturing Institute has postponed its annual STEP Ahead Awards program from April 30, 2020 to a later date. We look forward to recognizing this years' Honorees and Emerging Leaders for their accomplishments at a future event.

This decision was based on the most recent designation, by the World Health Organization (WHO), of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as a pandemic and in line with CDC guidance on large events and gatherings. We remain committed to honoring the achievements of our 2020 Honorees and Emerging Leaders and will share full postponement details (dates, location and other relevant information) in the coming weeks.

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The Manufacturing Institute has announced the 2020 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 2020 STEP Ahead Awards on April 30, 2020 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Take a look at the amazing stories of these impressive women.



2020 STEP Ahead Award Honorees & Emerging Leaders

Joydma Alamo
Caterpillar Inc.



Erin Amarello*
The Timken Company



   

Lorraine Amesbury Holder
STIHL Inc.



Jean Angus
Saint-Gobain Corporation



Mallory Apperson*
Polaris Industries Inc.



   

Haydee Arreola Nocar
McCormick & Company, Inc.



Decie Autin
Exxon Mobil Global Projects Company



Kathryn Bacon
Harley-Davidson Motor Company                 


   

Andrea Baker
Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc.



Lauren Baker
Emerson



Courtney Balliet
PPG



   

Meena Banasiak
Phoenix Closures, Inc.



Dacia Benoit
Molson Coors Beverage Company



Jeanne Biber
Harley-Davidson Motor Company

   

Maria Blase
Ingersoll Rand, plc



Annette Booker
Samsung Austin Semiconductor



Jane Boyce
True Vue | Apogee Enterprises, Inc.


   

Jennifer Brady*
Newport News Shipbuilding


Christine Breves
United States Steel Corporation



Meghan Brown*
Eli Lilly and Company



   

Kim Brunner
Schwan's Company



Robin Burns
Intel Corporation



Nancy Cameron
BWX Technologies, Inc.



   

Natasha Carter
Ingredion Incorporated



Samantha Case*
Kennametal Inc.



Amy Chi
Ball Corporation



   

Kathryn Childs
Welbilt, Inc.



Leah Christakes
The Sherwin-Williams Company


Laura Christobek*
The Procter & Gamble Company



   

Karen Cooper
Toyota Motor North America



Tracy Corbin
Shaw Industries Group, Inc.



Bianca Covington
Samsung Austin Semiconductor



   

Susan Cronin
Forest Laboratories | Allergan


Rhonda Dannenberg
Molson Coors Beverage Company


Emily Davis
McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing | Oshkosh Corporation


   

Kristin Day
Whirlpool Corporation



Amber DePietro
Eaton Corporation



Melissa Depinet
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company



   

Anna Dibble
Cummins Inc.


Julie Eagle*
Ingersoll Rand, plc



Katie Ehrke
John Deere



   

Amie Emerson
Spirit AeroSystems



Colleen Emery
3M 



Michele Farro
Lockheed Martin Corporation



   

Evelyn Ferrer
Jabil Inc.


Katie Feser
Click Bond, Inc.



Nidia Garcia Araujo
Cargill de Honduras



   

Elise Gauthier
Stanley Black & Decker



Yvonne Giddings
Libbey, Inc.



Lauren Giroux
Plex Systems



   

Sonal Gola
Pentair



Laura Guillott
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems



Nora Harding
Special Products & Manufacturing, Inc.


   

Kate Heymans*
Dow Inc.



Kristy Higginbotham
Arconic



Amanda Hodges*
BASF Corporation



   

Kayleigh Hogan*
Covestro LLC



Rania Hoteit
ID4A Technologies



Yami Hu
Brunswick Corporation



   

Sophie Hummer
Brown Forman-Corporation


Leslie Hyde
Koppers Inc.



Banasha King
Johnson & Johnson



   

Brandy King*
Greene Tweed



Gena Knight
thyssenkrupp Elevator

 

Hui Peng Koh
GLOBALFOUNDRIES



   

Michelle Kohr
SABIC



Beatriz Landa
Novelis Inc.



Wilailux Lapwisuttisarod
Dow Inc.



   

Larkin Leach*
Cooper Standard



Elissa Lee
General Electric Company



Sheri Lewis
Medtronic



   

Fiona Lowbridge
ALOM



Eithne Lynch
Boston Scientific



Janet Lynch
CertainTeed | Saint-Gobain Corporation

 

   

Vineeta Maguire
Ovintiv Services Inc.



Renee Matala*
SABIC



Harvinder Matharu
Valvoline Inc.



   

Erica Matthews Grzebielucha*
ExxonMobil



Clare McCarthy*
Allergan



Cheryl McKinney
BP



   

Ericka Mendez
Toyota Motor North America


Erika Militch
AdvanSix



Kim Miller
Thomas & Betts Corp | ABB Inc.



   

Rebekah Mills*
Lockheed Martin Corporation



Elizabeth Mitchell
Pratt & Whitney



Christy Morton
The Clorox Company



   

Karen Norheim
American Crane and Equipment Corp.



Kim Odell
Marathon Petroleum Corporation



Adeola Olubamiji
Cummins Inc.



   

Jody Piel
BASF Corporation



Lauren Powell*
Toyota Motor North America



Bella Qiu
Jabil Inc.



   

Cynthia Reid
Parker LORD



Genayee Richards
AK Steel Corporation



Lara Richerson
Siemens Energy, Inc.



   

Alyssa Roque*
Fresenius Medical Care



Michelle Ross
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company



Kristin Roth
Rockwell Automation



   

Laurel Rowe*
Parker LORD


Evelina Rurek
Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc.



Ashley Sandlin*
Marathon Petroleum Corporation



   

Mary Beth Seasholtz
Dow Inc.



Kathryn Shuler
Air Liquide



Lauren Speaker*
GE Appliances, a Haier Company



   

Melissa Stiegler
Emerson



Maria Alejandra Sucre
The Procter & Gamble Company



Megan Supan*
Smithfield Foods, Inc.



    Rebecca Tallon
A. O. Smith Corporation



Emily Tanasse*
3D Systems Corporation



Sarah Tannahill*
INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA



   

Theresha Taylor
Philip Morris USA



Lorie Tekorius
The Greenbrier Companies



Katy Theroux
Cornerstone Building Brands



   

Sarah Tommelein*
Whirlpool Corporation

 

Diane Townsend
Exxel Outdoors

 

Elizabeth Umberson
ZF North America, Inc.



   

Collene Van Mol
Martco LLC | RoyOMartin



Carolyn Vanous*
3M



Wendy Wildenberg
Flint  Hills Resources



   

Allison Williams*
WestRock


Emily Williams
Lindsay Corporation



Kim Williams
Ovintiv Services Inc.

 

   

Michelle Wilson*
Shaw Industries Group, Inc.



Nancy Wilson
Morrison Container Handling Solutions



Paula Wood
International Paper



   

Kelly Wright
Clarios



Robyn Young
Kennametal Inc.



Meg Zehringer*
National Gypsum



   

Kelly Zhu
BorgWarner Inc.



Jessica Zirkelbach
SABIC


     

*Asterisk indicates an Emerging Leader

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