2013 MI Annual Report 2013 MI Annual Report : Page 10

“I will continue to promote advanced modern manufacturing as a rewarding career choice to women that have strong STEM skills and a desire to work with their hands and their minds. I encourage and mentor my colleagues to innovate, be willing to grow and most importantly be lifelong learners.” -Altheha DrePaul, Key Account Manager, EJ Ajax diversified workforce can increase productivity, competitiveness and innovation, and can help manufacturers attract and retain talent. A key component of the Institute’s effort to develop a world-class manufacturing talent pool, is recruiting more diverse candidates. Recent efforts have focused on two specific populations: women and veterans. The Institute is promoting the role of women in manufacturing through mentoring, recognition, research, and leadership with our STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead initiative. Hundreds of women from all levels of manufacturing have been recognized for excellence and leadership in their careers, and now girls will receive encouragement to enter the field of manufacturing through our new mentorship program. American military veterans are also underrepresented in manufacturing, even though they often possess skills that are transferable to the field. The Institute’s Get Skills to Work program combines veterans’ know-how and motivation with industry-based training so they can quickly prepare for manufacturing jobs when transitioning to the civilian workforce. A GET SKILLS TO WORK More than 500 companies reached more than 32,000 veterans last year. The Institute honored 122 women in 2013 and 160 women in 2014. Institute launches IN as the 2nd state in Get Skills to Work Latondra Newton participates in the Women in Manufacturing Roundtable Jennifer McNelly meets Senator Patty Murray (WA) at STEP Ahead Gary Sinise discusses Get Skills To Work at the 2013 Fall Board Meeting Congresswoman Shelley Capito (WV) speaks to STEP Honorees Milestones | 11

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