Manufacturing Institute

Stepping Up to Make an Impact that Matters

Manufacturing faces a serious skills gap. Part of this gap is the underrepresentation of women in the industry. While women make up approximately 50% of the labor force, that number is only 29% in the manufacturing labor force.

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Ahead initiative honors and promotes the role of women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research, and leadership. The STEP Ahead Awards recognize women at all levels of manufacturing, from the factory floor to the C-suite.

Nominees will be selected by The Manufacturing Institute STEP Ahead Awards Review Committee based on specific contributions or technical achievements the nominee has made for her company, the manufacturing industry, and her community.


Based on industry feedback, we've implemented some new changes to the 2020 application process:

  • A maximum of 10 applications may be submitted by a single company.
  • Companies are encouraged to have one (1) point of contact for nominations. See best practices beginning on page 11 within the Nominations Guide for strategies to streamline internal processes.


New to Nominations?

Check out our Nominations Guide Toolkit that includes helpful information to get started!


If you have not registered yet as a nominator please click here. Please use the login information you created under the nominator page. 

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