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Women in Manufacturing is a community created by Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) members and designed exclusively for women who have chosen a career in the manufacturing industry, and want to share perspectives, gain cutting edge manufacturing information, improve leadership and communication skills, participate in sponsoring programs and network with industry peers. Visit the Women in Manufacturing website.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Women in Manufacturing Seeks Speakers for Annual Summit

Women in Manufacturing (WiM) invites interested parties to submit an application to speak at SUMMIT 2015, scheduled for September 23-25, 2015, in Minneapolis, MN.

This annual event is geared toward women who have chosen careers in manufacturing and want to share perspectives and network with others in the industry.  Expected to attract more than 300 professional women in manufacturing with titles ranging from production to CEO, SUMMIT 2015 will feature industry plant tours, a networking dinner, panel discussions, educational sessions and keynote presentations.
Past speakers have addressed a variety of topics, including leadership development, marketing for a manufacturing environment, effective communication strategies and lean manufacturing. 

Applications are encouraged on presentation topics related to professional development or pertinent business and technical topics.  If interested in being considered to speak at SUMMIT 2015, please complete the online application form at https://pma.wufoo.com/forms/wim-call-for-presentations-summit-2015 by April 17.  All submissions will be reviewed by the WiM SUMMIT Host Committee.

WiM does not pay speakers.  However, those who are selected to present will receive complimentary registration to the SUMMIT.  Most speakers stay for the entire conference, enjoying the experience and connecting with participants.

Please contact Kristin Moore at 216-503-5700 or kmoore@womeninmfg.org with questions.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WiM is now a 501(c)6!

We are thrilled to announce that Women in Manufacturing is now a registered 501(c)6 national trade association.

As Rachel Abbey McCafferty reported in Crain's Cleveland Business over the weekend, we officially filed for our new status on March 19.  We celebrated with a cake and this annoucement to our members and supporters on Twitter:

A little history: When we started as an organization in 2011 we were an offshoot of the PrecisionMetalforming Association (PMA).  Now, but now, thanks to almost 500 members, as well as the drive and determination of our leadership, we're off and running on our own.

We are happy to retain the collaborative support (and office space!) of PMA.

In other important news, we held our first official board meeting in Washington, D.C. last week.  Gretchen Zierick of Zierick Manufacturing Corp. will be the first chairperson of our organization, having previously served as the first female chair in the Precision Metalforming Association in 2010.

What's next for us?  One goal is an increase in membership.  We're shooting for 1,000 members by the end of our fiscal year in March 2016.  Join us? 

WiM and UPS® make shipping easy for your business

WiM and UPS® make shipping easy for your business
At WiM, we’re always looking for new ways to help your business succeed, and as a result, we’re excited to partner with UPS and UPS Freight® to offer a member benefit program designed to make shipping easier and more cost effective for you.
The WiM/UPS Savings Program allows you to save on a wide variety of shipping options, including small package services such as UPS Ground® and UPS Next Day Air®, and UPS Freight® shipping solutions like LTL freight and Trade Show Services.
Not only will you save on your shipping, but you’ll also have access to UPS’s advanced technology and dedicated Association Team, who make ordering, tracking and shipping easier than ever.
WiM has worked with UPS for years to ensure that the shipping process goes as smoothly as possible for your business, and we’re excited to continue to offer this value-adding program.
The WiM/UPS Savings Program is a win-win for your business: you’ll have UPS’s renowned reliability and high-quality service at your fingertips, and you’ll save money with every shipment.
Ready to get started?  Enroll online, or contact our team today at 866.443.9303 or upsfreightassociations@ups.com to learn more!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

#HearHerStory with Jessica Jeffery from General Motors

At Women in Manufacturing, we are committed to supporting women in the manufacturing sector. We firmly believe that mentorship and community-buildling will help attract and retain women in manufacturing.  As part of our mission, we feature on our blog the stories of women we admire who are currently working in manufacturing.  The following is the latest installment of our "Hear Her Story" series. 

Jessica Jeffery
Senior Environmental Engineer
General Motors
#HearHerStory / @womeninmfg

Please tell our readers a little bit about your job and what your work looks like every day.
My job as an Environmental Engineer is to ensure compliance with all environmental rules and regulations, obtain necessary permits (air, water and waste), and implement and sustain community outreach activities including Wildlife Habitat Certification and GM Global Rivers Environmental Education Network.
A typical day includes working with team members to implement and maintain environmental management systems, planning projects such as how to reduce air emissions or planting of a wildlife habitat rain garden, collecting and reviewing air emission data and completion of regulatory reporting requirements.
How did you arrive at your current position?  What attracted you to a career in manufacturing?
Before joining General Motors, I worked on environmental due diligence and regulatory compliance projects for an environmental and engineering consulting company. While working for the consulting company, GM became one of my clients and I was instantly drawn to GM and manufacturing in particular because GM had the same values around environment that I do. I could make a positive impact by improving environmental performance, awareness and sustainability. Plus, working in manufacturing is a team sport and I thrive in that kind of work environment. Everyone works together to achieve the best product and it’s so cool to be driving one of those products. 
At WiM, much of our work is dedicated to refuting outdated stereotypes about the manufacturing sector: stereotypes like the workplaces are dirty and dangerous and that the field and skills required are a better fit for men.  Have you encountered stereotypes like these in your education or career and how did you overcome them?
In college as a female pursuing an engineering degree, I had to overcome the same challenges mentioned above.  I overcame the stereotypes by working hard, studying with other female students in engineering and with help and guidance of an excellent professor who became my mentor. When I encounter the dirty factory stereotype, I use it as an opportunity to educate the person about manufacturing and General Motors.  I explain that most manufacturing facilities are cleaner than a person’s home because of stringent quality and safety requirements.  I invite these folks on a tour of the plant (if possible) or refer them to the GM FastLane Blog https://fastlane.gm.com/ to read about all of the good things GM does like sending recyclable materials to Arts ‘N Scraps to create art kits for local school children or how 18 GM facilities use solar power. 
Research shows that women, especially women in STEM fields, do better if their have a mentor.  Has mentorship played any role in your career? 
Absolutely, mentoring has had a huge role in my career and I wouldn’t be where I am without the support of mentors. My mentors include friends, relatives (including my husband who is my biggest fan and harshest critic), and past and present coworkers. I find that it is key to have the mentoring support structure to provide unbiased advice and encouragement, improve self-confidence, help with problem solving and advance professional development. Not only is having mentors important, but you can learn so much by being a mentor.  Being a mentor gives me the opportunity to reflect on my own practices, enhances my interpersonal skills, and gives me the satisfaction in developing and supporting others. 
WiM recently unveiled new survey results.  One of the key findings is that there is significant overlap between what young women want in careers and the attributes of careers in manufacturing today.  But the survey also found that, too often, young women are not aware of the opportunities available in manufacturing.  What do you think can be done to spread the word to women about career options in modern manufacturing?
Women who work in manufacturing need to educate through promotion and recruit younger females in high school to pursue STEM careers by attending career fairs, talking with high school counselors, and encouraging companies to open their doors for tours and mentoring programs.
Our survey also found that the majority of women in manufacturing today would recommend the sector to young women considering career options.  Would you recommend a career in manufacturing?  And, if so, why?
Yes, I would recommend a career in manufacturing.  A career in manufacturing is fast paced, challenging, well-paying and rewarding.  I grew up in Montana, which big industries include mining, agriculture and service-type jobs (very little manufacturing).  I stumbled into the manufacturing industry and I’m so glad that I did.  I love what I do and working in the manufacturing industry where at the end of the day I can look at the fantastic product and think I helped!  The people who work in manufacturing are a close-knit group who care about each other.  It’s the people who work in manufacturing that make it great.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

14th Annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Today marked the 14th annual Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day.

This year's theme, "There’s a Little Bit of Engineer in Every Girl," was celebrated on social media with the hashtag #BringItOut.

Businesses, universities, libraries and others offered workshops, tours and discussion sessions to reach girls across the country and introduce them to careers in engineering.

Here's a video about the campaign and this year's events:

Monday, February 23, 2015

WiM Director Profiled in Crain's Cleveland Business

Earlier this month, WiM Director Allison Grealis was profiled in Crain's Cleveland Business as part of their "Who to Watch in Nonprofits" series.

The profile piece describes Allison's early leadership experience in high school, college, and her first job as an organizer for the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group.

Asked about her roles at PMA and WiM, Allison said that finds her job "rewarding."  And she adds that she "finds inspiration in the people with whom she works, as well as in the successful, self-made manufacturers and the women in the industry she represents."

“I want to impact things to be different and more inclusive for women in years to come,” she said in the article.

Read the full article here.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Got 99 Problems...but Manufacturing Ain't One

This week, 24/7 Wall Street, released a list of the worst paying jobs for women.

The rundown includes 10 professions across industries from truck drivers and bartenders to financial managers and real estate brokers.

One sector not on the list?  Manufacturing.  

Manufacturing has consistently offered high salaries for workers.

This week, in an interview with Manufacturing.Net, Advanced Technology Services President Jeff Owens discussed salaries in the manufacturing sector.  "Perception drives many myths about manufacturing," he said.  "The largest one being that manufacturing jobs are not as professional or high paying as jobs that require a suit and tie.  Nothing could be further from the truth. Fact is, manufacturing salaries outpace retail jobs by a mile."

Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD) recently made the same point about the strength and stability offered by manufacturing.  "I think manufacturing is critical, frankly," he said in an interview with The Baltimore Business Journal.  "This kind of job is critically important if we're going to have a middle class expanding in America, if we're going to have the kinds of jobs that working Americans have traditionally held, paying them good salaries, giving them a good life."

During the 2014 WiM SUMMIT, we released a survey of over 870 women - including both experienced women currently working in manufacturing and young women who are just beginning to consider their career options.  One of the most significant findings was that women currently working in the manufacturing sector are pleased with their jobs.  More than 80% of the surveyed women in manufacturing today reported that their work is interesting and challenging and, importantly, half of the women said that compensation is the most significant benefit of the sector.

As women all across the workforce seek high-paying jobs, we'd encourage them to take a second look at manufacturing.