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Honor excellent female leaders in manufacturing by nominating them for a STEP Ahead Award

The Manufacturing Institute has announced that nominations are now open for the 2018 STEP Ahead Awards. If you choose to send in a nomination, please send Associated Industries of Missouri a copy so we may publish it in an article honoring women in manufacturing.

The Institute’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Ahead Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in manufacturing and recognize women at all levels of manufacturing, from the factory floor to the C-suite. These awards illustrate the widespread impact women have on shaping the industry, whether they are running the company, designing the next big product, or testing innovations on the shop floor.

STEP Ahead has made a big difference – since its inception, STEP Ahead Award winners have impacted more than 300,000 individuals, from peers in the industry to school-age children. To date, 672 women who are making a difference in their companies and communities have been honored, and we are excited to continue building this army of leaders in 2018.

As a leader in developing the manufacturing workforce, we hope that you will consider nominating a peer or colleague for this prestigious award. Nominations will close September 29, 2017. Visit to nominate a deserving female today!

For any questions or more information, please contact the Institute’s STEP Ahead team at