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 Women in Manufacturing Education Foundation (WiMEF), 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. 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.

This program provides manufacturing women in mid-to-high level leadership roles with executive education that concentrates on issues pertinent to women working in male-dominated fields and is presented with a specific focus on the field of manufacturing.

"Participating in this program has added remarkable value to my life- both personally and professionally. Through the intimate lab-style education and the connections that were built with the other participants, I was able to take the methodologies and apply them directly to my life.

I found great value in the content and the discovery process through which I was able to identify opportunities for me to influence myself and those around me to think differently – to think inclusively.

The one-on-one coaching sessions provided me incredible insight into my core values and my purpose/vision. It facilitated me to identify and align my priorities in a proactive way. This has led me to be more fulfilled with the career and personal decisions I have made in this current chapter, as well as the things I am doing to prepare for my next chapter!"

Danyal Marie Harris
Senior Corporate HR Manager, Owens-Illinois (O-I)

This past spring, WiM and CWRU's Weatherhead School of Management welcomed 15 women from around the country into the second annual Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing program. The Class of 2017 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 Ellen Burts Cooper, 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