-  Today, The Manufacturing Institute named Heidi Alderman, Senior Vice President, Petrochemicals North America, BASF Corporation, the 2017 STEP Ahead Chairwoman.

The Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory-floor to the C suite. The STEP Ahead Awards program highlights each honoree’s story, including their leadership and accomplishments in manufacturing. The chosen women are asked to make a pledge to help advance women in manufacturing and promote the importance of a diverse workforce. Through this pledge, women commit to advocating for the manufacturing industry, mentoring young women, engaging employees resource groups to generate ideas and share best practices, promoting personal development, and leading as an ambassador for manufacturing education.

Alderman also served on the advisory committee for the development of The Manufacturing Institute’ new toolkit, LEAD: Becoming an Impactful Voice to the Next Generation of Talent. The toolkit is designed for women in manufacturing to reach the next generation of talent by being ambassadors for the industry. The LEAD toolkit provides everything women need to begin engaging with female students and other young women in their region who will be entering the workforce. Other advisory committee members include representatives from APICS, Ingersoll Rand, Alcoa, Caterpillar Inc., Sandvik Coromant, ALOM, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Jabil, Noven Pharmaceuticals Inc., Coverstro, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Driv-Lok, Inc. and Baldor Electric Company.

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