The 2020 STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards will take place on April 30, 2020 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. 

The eighth annual STEP Ahead Awards will recognize women in science, technology, engineering and production careers who exemplify leadership within their companies. The Institute's STEP Ahead Awards gives women across the country a platform to showcase the incredible opportunities the industry has to offer, whether they are running the company, designing the next big product, or testing innovations on the shop floor. 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.

On April 30, 2020, the Institute will recognize 100 women and 30 Emerging Leaders, a category to honor women under the age of 30 who have achieved unique accomplishments at the start of their careers. Surrounding the Awards Dinner Gala is a professional and leadership development program from April 29 through April 30.

Nominations for the 2020 STEP Ahead Awards will open August 1 and close October 11, 2019.

Access the 2020 Nominations Guide for helpful information to get started. 

Visit to submit your nomination.


Based on industry feedback, we've implemented some new changes to the 2020 application process:

    • A maximum of 10 applications may be submitted by a single company
    • Companies are encouraged to have 1 point of contact for nominations. See best practices beginning on page 11 within the Nominations Guide for strategies to streamline internal processes.

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