Four marine industry women have been selected among 130 recipients to receive the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award from the Manufacturing Institute for 2016. The STEP Ahead Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory-floor to the C suite.
Selected from the marine industry are:
- Kris Carroll, president, Grady-White Boats
- Jan Morton, vice president – supply chain, Brunswick Boat Group,
- Katelyn Vara, project engineer, Mercury Marine, and
- Marcea Weiss, plant operation manager, Mercury Marine.
The STEP Ahead Awards are part of the larger STEP Ahead initiative, launched to examine and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research, and leadership for attracting, advancing, and retaining strong female talent.
A recent survey from Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute found that six out of ten open skilled production positions are unfilled due to the talent shortage. Part of closing the skills gap means closing the gender gap, Alderman points out.
On April 20, the Manufacturing Institute will recognize 130 recipients of the STEP Ahead Awards at a reception in Washington, D.C. The STEP Ahead Awards program will highlight each honoree's story, including their leadership and accomplishments in manufacturing.