Nominate a #MFGWoman Today for the 2017 STEP Awards

It is that time of the year when you can nominate prominent women in STEM for the
Manufacturing Institute’s STEP Ahead Awards. Nominations will close October 7, 2016. Click here to submit a nomination today! The STEP Ahead program, now in its fifth year marks, “an incredible milestone in encouraging women into manufacturing careers.” This national honor identifies the ‘best of the best women’ in manufacturing, said Jennifer McNelly, Executive Director of the Manufacturing Institute who also heads the STEP Ahead Awards program.

Here in Florida, since the advent of the STEP Ahead awards there has been a significant number of STEP Awardees who have continue to serve as a beacon and role model for Florida's young women who are interested in pursuing a career in manufacturing and/or at STEM-related field. Over the years, FLATE has taken an active role in partnering with the Manufacturing Institute to promote the program in Florida. To that effect FLATE has published several articles in the FLATE newsletter blog highlighting the accomplishments and contributions of these remarkable women in STEM, and their role in paying it forward to the next generation of women and girls in STEM. This year, the STEP Ahead theme will focus on impact and how the program has managed to build an army of 500+ women making a difference within the industry. “By sharing these stories, we bring awareness to the opportunities within manufacturing and the progress we’ve made the past 5 years” said McNelly. It further encourages women to mentor and support the next generation of female talent to pursue manufacturing careers.


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. Don’t miss the opportunity to recognize a leading woman from your company. Nominations will close October 7, 2016. Click here to nominate today!

For more information on STEP Awardees 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 the “Recruiting & Retaining Girls in STEM” Best Practice guide.