11th Annual Women in Manufacturing SUMMIT Celebrates Manufacturing HERoes

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Hybrid Event to Take Place October 4-6, 2021, Virtually and in Cleveland, OH

CLEVELAND, OH—September 15, 2021—The Women in Manufacturing® Association (WiM) announced today that its 11th annual SUMMIT will take place in Cleveland, Ohio, October 4-6, 2021, and accommodate both in-person (at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown) and virtual participation. The SUMMIT will bring together nearly 700 manufacturing professionals from across the country to hear inspiring keynote addresses, attend professional development sessions and roundtable discussions on the industry’s most pressing topics, participate in plant tours of leading manufacturing facilities, and interact with peers through social and networking events.

The theme of the 2021 WiM SUMMIT is Manufacturing HERoes, and embodies WiM members and others across the manufacturing industry who have stepped up during the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to manufacture essential products, and who are leading this country on the road to economic recovery.  

“WiM members rose to the occasion over the past 18 months, heroically balancing personal and professional demands, while manufacturing products that consumers across the globe rely on each and every day,” said WiM President Allison Grealis. “I look forward to celebrating our industry’s strength and accomplishments at the SUMMIT.”

Leaders of the industry who will be speaking at the SUMMIT include keynote presenters Lara Abrash, Chair and CEO, Deloitte & Touche LLP; Jodi Berg, President and CEO, Vitamix; Rob Ivester, Acting MEP Director and Deputy Director of the Hollings MEP, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); and Aneesa Muthana, CEO, President and Co-Owner, Pioneer Service Inc. In keeping with the SUMMIT theme, presentation topics focus on resiliency, resourcefulness and adaptability.

You can view the full conference agenda and registration information, which includes special group rates for both in-person and virtual participants. Generous sponsor support enables the SUMMIT to continue to grow each year. See the current list of sponsors who are committed to the advancement of women in the manufacturing industry.

Following the conclusion of the SUMMIT, nine trailblazing women will be honored during the 2021 Women in Manufacturing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala. The Hall of Fame recognizes women who have made exceptional contributions to the industry and to the advancement of women in the field during the course of their established careers. The first-ever William E. Gaskin Ally Award will also be presented.

To register for the SUMMIT, visit the WiM website SUMMIT page. For more information on the SUMMIT and the Women in Manufacturing Hall of Fame, visit the WiM website or contact Jackie Bloom at 216-503-5700 or jbloom@womeninmfg.org.   

The Women in Manufacturing® Association is a nearly 9,000-member-strong association dedicated to supporting, promoting and inspiring women who have chosen a career in manufacturing. www.womeninmanufacturing.org