Leadership Lab

The Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing


Women in Manufacturing™ (WiM) and Case Western Reserve University's (CWRU) Weatherhead School of Management, with the generous support of the GE Foundation, have collaborated to produce the Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing, which provides executive education and training to individuals in mid-to-high level management roles in manufacturing careers.

"Leadership skills are critical for success. WiM, in partnership with Case Western Reserve University, will provide the first-of-its-kind Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing. The experience for women in small and mid-size businesses to connect and gain cutting-edge manufacturing expertise, receive training necessary for advancement in the manufacturing sector, and improve their leadership and communication skills is an incredible opportunity."

Kelli Wells
Executive Director of Education, GE Foundation

The Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing builds on the success of the CWRU's Leadership Lab for Women that was created in 2014 to provide professional and leadership development for women in male-dominated occupations.

"From the first cohort in 2014, we learned that within six months of finishing the Leadership Lab, 40% of the women had sought out and obtained a promotion."

Kathleen Buse, PhD
Faculty Director of the Leadership Lab for Women

This past spring, WiM and CWRU's Weatherhead School of Management welcomed 17 women from around the country into their inaugural Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing program. The Class of 2016 convened in Cleveland, OH, on the campus of CWRU for a total of three sessions spanning over eight days. Topics covered during the program included Women in Manufacturing: Bias, Barriers and Opportunities; High-impact Leadership for Women in Manufacturing; and Skills and Strategies for Leading the Way Forward in Manufacturing.

Courses were taught by CWRU faculty members Diana Billimoria, PhD., Ellen Van Oosten, PhD., and Kathleen Buse, PhD. Registration rates were determined by the candidate's company size and WiM-membership status.

"The Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing was a fantastic experience! It defined familiar themes that many of us experience as women in manufacturing and enabled me to become a stronger representative in my field. The class helped me to categorize and prioritize my goals and allowed me time to digest what that meant and how I intended to get there. It is a program that magnifies what you put in, ten-fold."

Allison Giddens
Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing Class of 2016