The Manufacturing Institute Honors Outstanding Women in Manufacturing


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STEP Ahead chair and BASF Corp. senior VP intermediates, Heidi Alderman, poses with honorees Ashley Thompson, Laura Fisher, Debbie Dalley, and Regina Molisee, who were recognized for their extraordinary industry achievements through The Manufacturing Institute’s 2017 STEP Ahead Awards.

Focusing on science, technology, engineering and production (STEP), The Manufacturing Institute’s STEP Ahead Awards program annually honors female leaders for their advocacy, mentorship, engagement and leadership in the industry. This year, 100 honorees and 30 emerging leaders have demonstrated leadership and excellence within their company.  

STEP Ahead honorees across the U.S. have pledged to promote the importance of women in manufacturing. The Manufacturing Institute, Deloitte and APICS conducted a survey that found that the award honorees impacted more than 300,000 individuals – from peers in the industry to school age children – over the last five years.

“Through STEP Ahead, hundreds of women from all levels of manufacturing have been recognized for excellence and leadership in their careers. By telling the real stories of these women, girls will be inspired to familiarize themselves with the industry through our mentorship program and eventually become the next manufacturing leaders,” says, AJ Jorgenson, assistant V.P. at The Manufacuturing Institute. “We are extremely thankful for the support and sponsorship from BASF, and for their tremendous leadership and foresight in the design and execution of STEP Ahead."