Honoring the Impact of #MFGWomen

It’s that time of year again. Nominate a peer or colleague today for a 2019 STEP Ahead Award! 

Nominations for the 2019 STEP Ahead Awards are open from August 1 – October 12, 2018, and it’s easy to do with our nomination guide.

The Manufacturing Institute launched the STEP Ahead Awards in 2012 as a national platform to honor women—from the factory floor to the C-suite—who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering and production (STEP). By recognizing women at all levels of manufacturing, this national honor gives manufacturers an opportunity to showcase existing female talent and provide role models that can speak to the transformation of the industry. These awards not only celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of outstanding female leadership in manufacturing but also empower honorees to pay it forward by providing tools to help mentor the next generation.

At its core, The Manufacturing Institute is dedicated to advancing manufacturing competitiveness and attracting, training and retaining the skilled workers essential to manufacturing success. Central to that mission is the need to inspire more women to build fulfilling careers in the manufacturing workforce and supporting those already in it.

Women, after all, are about half of the labor force but still under a third of the manufacturing workforce. The Institute is working hard to change that through our STEP initiative, which is designed to support women in manufacturing in a variety of ways, including honoring the best of the best in the industry today and empowering them to support the next generation through STEP Ahead.

And that’s where you come in.

Visit http://www.themanufacturinginstitute/women to learn more about the Institute’s STEP Ahead Awards and don’t forget to nominate your favorite #MFGwomen today!

Carolyn Lee

Carolyn Lee

Executive Director of The Manufacturing Institute at The Manufacturing Institute
Carolyn Lee is Executive Director of The Manufacturing Institute, the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the nation’s largest industrial trade association. Carolyn drives an agenda focused on improving the manufacturing industry through its three centers: the Center for the American Workforce, the Center for Manufacturing Research, and the Center for Best Practices.

In her role, Carolyn leads the Institute’s workforce efforts to close the skills gap and inspire all Americans to enter the U.S. manufacturing workforce, focusing on women, youth, and veterans. Carolyn steers the Institute’s initiatives and programs to educate the public on manufacturing careers, improve the quality of manufacturing education, engage, develop and retain key members of the workforce, and identify and document best practices. In addition, Carolyn drives the agenda for the Center for Manufacturing Research, which partners with leading consulting firms in the country. The Institute studies the critical issues facing manufacturing and then applies that research to develop and identify solutions that are implemented by companies, schools, governments, and organizations across the country.

Prior to joining the Institute, Carolyn was Senior Director of Tax Policy at the NAM beginning in 2011, where she was responsible for key portions of the NAM’s tax portfolio representing the manufacturing community on Capitol Hill and in the business community and working closely with the NAM membership. She served as the Director of Legislative and Government Affairs at the Telecommunications Industry Association, Manager of State and Federal Government Affairs for 3M Company, and in various positions on Capitol Hill including as Legislative Director for former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and as a senior legislative staff member for former U.S. Rep. Sue Kelly (R-NY).

Carolyn is a graduate of Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania graduating with a B.A. in Political Science. She resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and three children.
Carolyn Lee

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