Women

Women today account for less than 1 in 3 manufacturing workers, despite representing about half of the overall workforce. Closing manufacturers’ gender gap is key to addressing manufacturing’s workforce crisis. That’s why The Manufacturing Institute is working to empower women…

STEP Women’s Initiative

The STEP Women’s Initiative is the nation’s marquee program to close the gender gap in manufacturing. STEP works to foster a 21st-century manufacturing workforce by empowering and inspiring women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research and leadership, as well…

STEP Sponsor Opportunities

Be a part of the STEP Women’s Initiative and help our women and our industry rise to new heights. The Manufacturing Institute launched this initiative to honor and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research…

2021 STEP Ahead Chair

Kathy Wengel Executive Vice President & Chief Global Supply Chain Officer Johnson & Johnson Kathy Wengel is Executive Vice President & Chief Global Supply Chain Officer for Johnson & Johnson, and a member of the company’s Executive Committee. A strong…

2020 STEP Ahead Vice Chair

Kathy Wengel Executive Vice President & Chief Global Supply Chain Officer Johnson & Johnson Kathy Wengel is Executive Vice President & Chief Global Supply Chain Officer for Johnson & Johnson, and a member of the company’s Executive Committee. A strong…

Gender Dimension

Description The MI’s STEP Women’s Initiative is working to close the gender gap in manufacturing by empowering and inspiring women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research and leadership.

Case Study: Supplier Diversity Program at Fender

Overview Like so many other companies, 2020 was a year of change for Fender sparked by the national conversation around race and racial injustice in our country. Fender’s employees, in partnership with Human Resources, held meetings to discuss current events…

Age Dimension

Description With one-quarter of the manufacturing workforce over 55 years old, learn how manufacturers are addressing this shifting demographic challenges.