Women in Manufacturing Receives $100,000 Grant for Education Programming

The GE Foundation grant will support important WiM initiatives, including regional and national programming and, in particular, new continuing education opportunities for women in the manufacturing sector.

Women in Manufacturing (WiM) received a $100,000 grant from the GE Foundation. The grant was announced at the fifth annual WiM Summit on Sept. 24, in front of a crowd of almost 300 professional women in the manufacturing sector.

“We are thrilled to receive this grant from the GE Foundation,” says Women in Manufacturing President Allison Grealis. “The growth of the manufacturing sector is vital to the American economy. As a result, this grant from the GE Foundation is truly an investment in women’s education and leadership and also in the strength of American manufacturing.”

WiM is the only national organization specifically dedicated to supporting women in the manufacturing sector with year-round programming and a national directory for women in the industry.

The GE Foundation grant will support important WiM initiatives, including regional and national programming and, in particular, new continuing education opportunities for women in the manufacturing sector.

“This funding is critical for supporting our efforts to develop and deliver high impact educational opportunities for women in manufacturing,” Ms. Grealis says. “Many available programs for personal and career advancement are simply too expensive for women working in small and medium-sized manufacturing companies. But we know that these women – and these companies – could really benefit from enhanced and sector-specific skills development programs and leadership training. This grant will make all the difference in allowing WiM to provide effective and affordable educational opportunities to support the advancement of women in manufacturing.”