STEP Ahead Awardees from Florida Make a Mark in American Manufacturing

If you are a manufacturer, it is an exciting time to be engaged in American manufacturing
right now. Even as manufacturing and manufacturing processes have been eclipsed by changes, and global competition has stepped up from all quarters, manufacturing across America is evolving with women increasingly playing an integral role in meeting the demands for a skilled workforce. Now more than ever manufacturers here in Florida and across the nation are turning to women for their talent, technical know-how, and leadership qualities—key skills required to compete in a global marketplace.

Given the prominent role women play in making a mark in American manufacturing, the Manufacturing Institute recently announced and named 130 women as the 2016 STEP Ahead Awardees. On a national spectrum, this year’s Awardees represent women from more than 100 companies across the country who have “accomplished success within their companies, and have proven to be leaders in the industry as a whole.” Out of the 130 honorees, nine women from six Florida based companies received the STEP Ahead Award this year.

A big Congratulations from FLATE and the Florida manufacturing community to the 2016 STEP Awardees and companies outlined below:



The Manufacturing Institute launched the STEP Ahead initiative in 2012 to celebrate women in manufacturing that are making a difference through advocacy, mentorship, engagement, promotion and leadership. The STEP Ahead Awardees are part of a network of women ambassadors who serve as leading examples of women in manufacturing. They are considered among the “best and brightest women” who have pledged to lay the pathway to help women successfully pursue careers in manufacturing and promote diversity in the workplace. The STEP Ahead Awards ceremony was held in April at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.

For more information and to learn about the 2016 STEP Ahead Honorees and Emerging Leaders visit the Manufacturing Institute’s Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead program page. For FLATE’s STEM-based programs for women and girls contact Executive Director of FLATE, Dr. Marilyn Barger at barger@fl-ate.org, or read our Best Practice guide for “Recruiting & Retaining Girls in STEM.” Stay tuned for a follow-up story in the next edition(s) of the FLATE Focus.