The Manufacturing Institute launched the Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Ahead initiative in 2012 to showcase the impact of women in manufacturing to help attract and retain the talent the industry needs to succeed. The STEP Ahead Awards highlight the achievements of real women in manufacturing on a national stage with a formal gala to celebrate their accomplishments and further encourages women to mentor and support the next generation of female talent to pursue manufacturing careers. 
We know that the Institute's STEP Ahead initiative has made a difference—since its inception, STEP Ahead Award winners have impacted more than 300,000 individuals, from peers in the industry to school-age children. To date, we have honored 672 women who are making a difference in their companies and communities, and we are excited to continue building this army of leaders in 2018.

STEP Ahead women all across the U.S. have made a pledge to promote the importance of women in manufacturing. The Institute continues to showcase the impact these women have had throughout the years in their companies, in their communities, and with themselves.     

The 2018 STEP Ahead Awards will take place from April 9 through April 11, with the dinner gala taking place on the evening of April 10 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. The Institute will honor 100 women and 30 emerging leaders at the 2018 awards dinner. 

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