Hear What Our Graduates Have to Say About the Empowering Women in Production Program


Congratulations to our first class of WiM's Empowering Women in Production Program on graduating this past month!

As some of you may know, thanks to the support of our generous donors to the Women in Manufacturing Education Foundation (WiMEF) in 2021, we were able to launch the Empowering Women in Production Program!

Employees in production settings often have tremendous insight into the culture, products, and processes that manufacturing companies need to innovate. By developing these women into leaders, we can improve the industry overall and inspire other women to explore careers in manufacturing.

This program is designed to support manufacturing employees' professional development in production or shop-floor roles to make their next promotion more likely and more quickly. The program's goal is to impart core professional skills for success in manufacturing environments.

The class of 2021 consists of 82 graduates from 19 uique companies!

"I felt the Empowering Women in Manufacturing course was significantly beneficial to my company in my role as a Manufacturing Training Coordinator and me. I really enjoyed the topics and found that I could implement each of these modules with the guidance provided in each class to improve my performance in my role. This course provided highly effective content for personal development and offered tools I will be able to use as a foundation in my professional career."  - Caithlin Wiseley, AFL

"This program was fantastic! I felt empowered and encouraged to continue growing as a leader!"  - Erica Hardy-Pike, Southwire

"The program helped me grow in areas I had no idea I wasn't as strong in. It has helped tremendously in decision making in my job and applying it to everyday life."                             - Sabrina Rutland, Southwire

"As the program ends, I feel that I am a stronger person when taking self-reflection and self-appreciation. These are areas I need to work on to feel valuable at my job. I enjoyed hearing every woman's success stories, Yet realized that everyone has ups and downs as they climb the ladder as a woman in the manufacturing world. I also learned that not everyone may like me at my job but as long as I don't let it keep me from excelling or divert me from doing the best I can at my job, it's okay. The best outcome for me is that the struggles I have in life that were holding me back are now the drive that makes me want to better myself in each aspect of my life, not just my job." - Deanna Hill, BASF

"I appreciated the material presented in this program and learned so much. I especially appreciate the material from women with experience in different manufacturing areas. In addition, the videos were helpful, and the fact that I could watch them whenever and wherever was convenient. As a result, I am encouraged, motivated, and very optimistic about my future in manufacturing." - Terry Givens, Southwire

"I am grateful for the opportunity to meet women who can relate to my everyday work experiences. Going through the WIM classes opened my eyes to skills I was not aware I had. My coach challenged me to look at myself and bring solutions instead of complaining." - Cammy John, Southwire

Registration is open for the June 15 cohort! Set your future production leaders up for success today.


  • AFL
  • American Axle & Manufacturing
  • Arcosa, Inc
  • Associated Materials
  • BASF
  • Danaher Corporation 
  • Georg Utz, Inc
  • Howmet Engineered Structures 
  • Howmet Engines
  • Howmet Fastening Systems 
  • Howmet Wheels
  • ITT
  • Lam Research
  • Monin
  • PR Machine Works, Inc. Slick Automated Solutions
  • Southwire
  • Suncast Corporation
  • Upsher-Smith
  • Wolfgang Confectioners

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