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Women in MFG: STEP initiative inspires the East BayPosted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Oct. 27, 2017
Manufacturing faces a serious skills gap in California. Part of this gap is the underrepresentation of women in the industry. While women make up approximately 47 percent of the entire labor force, only about 29 percent make up the manufacturing workforce.
The Manufacturing Institute launched the STEP (Science Technology, Engineering & Production) Ahead Initiative five years ago to honor and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry. One of their many networking events came to San Leandro this week with two panels of female executives to discuss how to attract the next generation to the industry.
CMTA members Pamela Kan of Bishop-Wisecarver and Hannah Kain of Alom moderated the panels. The panels featured highly successful operations run by females and promoted different ways in which we can attract millennials.
The event successfully drove home the initiative's motto -- It only takes one to inspire another to follow an exciting and rewarding career path in manufacturing. The STEP program is the single largest initiative for women in manufacturing and CMTA is proud of the effort and our members who are inspiring the next generation of manufacturers.
Watch event video here
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