Women are one of manufacturing’s largest sources of untapped talent, with only 29% of the manufacturing workforce consisting of women in 2016. The Manufacturing Institute’s STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production) Ahead initiative is addressing this by promoting the role of women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research. and leadership.
Recently in Washington, D.C., The Manufacturing Institute honored three Toyota team members with Women in Manufacturing 2019 STEP Ahead Awards. These awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers. Award winners represent all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory floor to executive leadership.
“We are thrilled to see our amazing team members recognized for the excellent work they are doing at Toyota. At this time, when our industry sees a significant lack of women entering manufacturing careers, it is critical that we continue to encourage, empower, and elevate today’s female leaders to inspire future generations.” – Leah Curry, President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia and a 2013 STEP Ahead Award Winner
STEP Ahead Awards for Three Toyota Team Members
Three Toyota team members received STEP Ahead Awards. This includes Shamaya Morris, a Production Engineering Specialist at Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, Renee Robertson, the General Manager of Production Control at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, and Marie Kendrick, a Powertrain Engineer at Toyota’s Bodine Aluminum in Troy, Missouri (posthumous).