As an integral part of the Manufacturing Institute’s women’s initiative, the Women MAKE Awards (formerly known as the STEP Ahead Awards) have made a profound difference in reducing the gender gap in manufacturing. To date, we have honored more than 1,000 women who are having a positive impact on their companies and communities. In the first five years alone, award winners reached more than 300,000 individuals, from peers in the industry to school-age children.

The Women MAKE Awards recognize women in science, technology, engineering and production careers who exemplify leadership within their companies. This national honor identifies top talent in the manufacturing industry and further encourages award winners to mentor and support the next generation of female talent to pursue modern manufacturing careers. The Women MAKE Awards give women across the country a platform to showcase the incredible opportunities the industry has to offer, whether they are running the company, designing the next big product or testing innovations on the shop floor.

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Award Honorees

The following women were honored with Women MAKE (formerly STEP Ahead) Awards. Take a look at the amazing stories of these impressive women.


Sponsorship Opportunities

The Manufacturing Institute offers gala sponsorship opportunities to companies and organizations that place a priority on female talent and the need for attracting, advancing, and retaining more women to the industry.


Women attending the event are still buzzing, and I’ve gotten lots of emails and LinkedIn requests from young women who were both encouraged and inspired.” – Marcia Kull, Vice President, Volvo Penta of the Americas