Program Elements

  • Leading from Strengths engages women leaders in understanding how to leverage their strengths and apply them on the job.
  • Building your Networks enables individuals to pay it forward by finding connections and offering solutions among colleagues.
  • LEAD by Example puts company leaders on a platform to answer the questions early career women are often afraid to ask.
  • Women Connect Reception and Personal Commitment amplifies individual and company impact on engaging a diverse workforce.

Cost of Engagement

The Women Connect (formerly STEP Forward) program can be modified to meet the need of a company or sponsoring organization. As a 501-(c)3 focused on building the manufacturing workforce, the Manufacturing Institute is positioned to deliver Women Connect at a competitive market cost to manufacturers.


Women who LEAD by Example

LEAD by Example is designed to show participants what good leadership looks like within the company. As part of the Women Connect event, the Institute will work with sponsoring companies to identify internal leaders with powerful stories to share.

Women Connect Reception and Personal Commitment

The Women Connect event culminates with a reception, sharing lessons learned, and offering a personal commitment. Women are encouraged to invite their company sponsor to the reception to share their experience and thank them for their support.


For a full list of sponsorship opportunities or a customized proposal, please contact: