The representation of women in STEM fields matters as diversity in the workforce contributes to creativity, productivity, and innovation. Eliminating borders for Women in STEM requires us to reduce the influence of gender stereotypes and biases to cultivate a better sense of belonging for women.
Women’s History Month celebrated every year in March is about commemorating and encouraging the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American history, however, women should be celebrated and recognized all year long. Tomorrow, the Tennessee Chapters of The Society of Women Engineers, Women in Manufacturing, and Million Women Mentors will gather with over 100 individuals to celebrate and recognize women in STEM professions at the Celebrating STEM Women virtual event with attendees from all over the state of Tennessee and parts of Georgia.
As women only make up a quarter of the manufacturing industry, providing women with more opportunities in the STEM sector will not only help close the skills gap but provide women with meaningful careers. The Manufacturing Institute's upcoming eighth annual STEP Ahead Awards will recognize 130 women in science, technology, engineering and production careers, across all levels, from the factory floor to the C-suite, who exemplify leadership within their companies. Among these awardees are women who have had significant impact on the next generation of female leaders and inspire more women to pursue STEM careers.
Below are the 2020 STEP Ahead Award Honorees & Emerging Leaders from the state of Georgia and Tennessee. Individuals with an asterisk (*) beside their name indicate they are an Emerging Leader.
GEORGIA Tracy Corbin, Director, Client Solutions, Shaw Industries Group, Inc.
Laura Guillott, Business Planning Manager, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas
Beatriz Landa, Plant Manager Greensboro, Novelis Inc.
Michelle Wilson*, Quality Engineering Manager, Shaw Industries Group, Inc.
Kristy Higginbotham, Area Manager, Arconic
Knoxville, Tennessee Amanda Hodges*, Process Engineer, BASF Corporation
Gena Knight, Environment, Health, Safety, and Security Director, thyssenKrupp Elevator
Kim Miller, Materials Manager, Thomas & Betts Corp | ABB Inc.
Athens, Tennessee Paula Wood, Director of Global Safety Implementation, International Paper
Congratulations to each of the 2020 STEP Ahead Award Honorees and Emerging Leaders, and thank you for your leadership and inspiration!