International Women's Network

Virtual Networking Forums and Live Event in Stuttgart, Germany

A Message From Our Founder & President


The WiM International Women’s Network (IWN) aims to connect the Association’s growing number of international members and deliver them opportunities to connect, share information and support one another.

This peer network will bring international industry topics to the forefront and discuss how those trends will affect the global manufacturing ecosystem. 

According to the World Manufacturing Foundation women make up 30% of employees in the manufacturing industry globally. UNIDO reporting a higher concentration of women in manufacturing in Eastern Asia, South-Eastern Asia, Northern Africa and a lower concentration in Northern America, Europe, and the Middle East. 

The industries with the highest concentration of women are apparel, textiles, and food processing.

Present-day the Women in Manufacturing Association (WiM) supports more than 600 international members in 40 countries with our largest concentration of international members being in Canada, Mexico, India, Brazil and Germany.

The IWN kicks off its programming with a virtual forum on August 25, 2022. The event will feature guest speaker Susanne Lauda of AGCO Corporation, see details below.

IWN plans to host a live networking event in Stuttgart, Germany on November 2, 2022. This event will feature a facility tour of TRUMPF, guest speakers and panelists, workshops, roundtables, and a cocktail party afterwards to celebrate! You can fill out our interest form for the Stuttgart event here. More information to come.


AUGUST 25, 2022
9:30-11:00 a.m. ET U.S. 
Summer Virtual Forum

Join us on Thursday, August 25 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. ET U.S. for WiM's inaugural International Women's Network virtual program. During this 90-minute experience, guests will have the opportunity to hear from our featured guest Susanne Lauda as she shares her story and manufacturing professional journey with WiM president and founder Allison Grealis. Interactive virtual roundtable discussion topics will follow the discussion with Susanne and will feature conversations around how to survive and thrive in the male-dominated manufacturing space and sharing of best practices around innovative things companies are doing to support and advance women. 

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Instructions on how to participate will be sent upon registration. 


Susanne Lauda

Susanne joined AGCO Corporation in 2012, initially as a project manager for Manufacturing Automation.  In her current role as Director, Global Advanced Manufacturing Technology she represents the business regarding the Enterprise PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) implementation at all global sites.

This is an enabler for AGCO’s Design Anywhere Build Anywhere platform strategy because it allows the virtual collaboration between the plants. Susanne is therefore one of the main contributors to the global strategy for Manufacturing 4.0 (Smart Factory), and is part of a team that investigates the applications for advanced production tools, such as Additive Manufacturing, Collaborative Robots, AGV’s and Wearable Technologies, as well as simulation tools.

Susanne holds a degree in Production Engineering from her native Germany and came to the United States in 1993 as part of the Space Shuttle manufacturing team.

In her spare time Susanne is an avid equestrian.

NOVEMBER 2, 2022
2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Fall Live Forum* | Stuttgart, Germany 

The WiM IWN will be hosting an international event live in Stuttgart, Germany! Including panel discussions, workshops, plant tours, and more! Fill out our interest form below to get up to date information. 

*The live forum will be delivered in English. 


JANUARY 19, 2023
9:30-11:00 a.m. Eastern 
Winter Virtual Forum

APRIL 13, 2023
9:30-11:00 a.m. Eastern 
Spring Virtual Forum

Thank you to the IWN Taskforce

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