Women at the forefront of industry, from business executives to budding talent, will be the focus of the third annual Women in Manufacturing Summit which begins today in Dearborn, Mich.
Participants will examine the challenges of working in a male-dominated field, share advice through networking sessions, and develop action plans on how to be more effective leaders in an evolving marketplace.
The event is expected to attract approximately 300 women and will be hosted by the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA). The two-day event offers track sessions on such topics as sustainability leadership and women in STEM fields. It will also include factory tours at Detroit Diesel, GM Detroit Hamtramck assembly, Kars Nuts and Jiffy Mix.
ThomasNet News will be on the scene to interview several session speakers, including Sherry Welsh of Blue Sky Transformations on “Building High Impact Teams Through Energy Leadership,” and Tori and Traci Tapani of Wyoming Machine on “Creating Your Own Brand of Leadership.”
The summit will highlight success stories as a larger effort to attract and support women in manufacturing and related fields.
Of the 3.3 million women who are employed in manufacturing, almost 1 in 6 work in food manufacturing, a subsector of nondurable goods manufacturing, according to a 2013 report of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee. Another 10 percent are employed in the computer and electronics fields, and 11 percent work in the transportation equipment industry.
The WIM Summit has expanded from a small group of PMA members who gathered at another industry event, FABTECH, to share industry ideas and network with others in 2009. The summit attracts three times as many women as it did when it launched in 2011.
“What began as a small group of PMA members has grown into a strong, powerful network of women from across the manufacturing sector,” said Women in Manufacturing Director Allison Grealis.
Sponsors for the 2013 event include the Association of Women in the Metal Industries, The Manufacturing Institute, Sandvik Coromant, Mid West Fabricating Company, and the Alliance for American Manufacturing.
Check back here tomorrow and the rest of this week for continuing coverage of the Women in Manufacturing Summit on ThomasNet News Career Journal.