Manufacturing Institute

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.   When do nominations open and close?

A.   Nominations open on August 1, 2016 and will close on October 7, 2016.

Q.   How do I nominate someone for the 2017 STEP Ahead Awards?

A.   To nominate please return to the home page and click on the Nominate button. Complete the nominator form then click submit and you will be redirected to the nomination page.

Q.   How do I know if my candidate is eligible for the 2017 STEP awards?

A.   Eligibility requirements are available on the homepage by clicking on the STEP Eligibility button.

Q.   How many women will be honored?

A.   100 women will be recognized as Honorees. 30 women will be recognized as Emerging Leaders, those nominated under this category must be between the ages of 21 and 30 as of December 31, 2016.

Q.   Can I nominate someone from outside of my own organization?

A.   Yes, you can nominate someone outside your company. But, please be aware that if your nominee is selected we will reach out to their company to confirm the accuracy of the nomination prior to sending out notifications of selection.

Q.   Can a company nominate someone outside of the US?

A.   Yes, a company may nominate someone outside of the U.S. if that company has U.S. operations.

Q.   Is the application available via a Word or PDF document?

A.   A PDF version is available for review here.

Q.   What does a competitive application look like?

A.   Click here to review samples of competitive application essays.

Q.   When will you announce the selected Honorees and Emerging Leaders for the 2017 STEP Ahead Awards?

A.   We will make a public announcement of the selected Honorees and Emerging Leaders for the 2017 STEP Awards in late February 2017.

Q.   What sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2017 STEP Ahead Awards?

A.   If you have any other questions around sponsorship please contact Jennifer McNelly at

Nominations close on October 7, 2016 at 11:59pm EST.

A nominee may only be nominated by the following individuals:  company leadership (CEO, Senior Leadership, Directors and Managers); company colleagues; or company peers; peers or colleagues outside a nominee's company.

Previous Honorees are not eligible.

Nominees must currently be employed in manufacturing.

There are two category for recognition:

*STEP Honoree: Currently employed in manufacturing at any level.

*STEP Emerging Leader:  Currently employed in the manufacturing industry that have made significant contributions; between 21 and 30 years of age as of December 31, 2016