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Stepping up for women in manufacturing

The Manufacturing Institute's Jennifer McNelly creates initiative to recognize women 

Jennifer McNelly at the STEP Ahead Awards, recognizing women in manufacturingMcNelly speaks at the STEP Ahead Awards April 21.
Photo: National Association of Manufacturers

April 29, 2016
By Lori Sharn

Jennifer McNelly took a bold stride with the first STEP Ahead Awards in 2013, highlighting real stories of women in manufacturing. She had been promoted to lead The Manufacturing Institute just the year before, and it had never recognized a segment of the industry’s workforce this way.

“I actually think it’s one of the biggest risks that I’ve taken at the institute,” said Executive Director McNelly. “It was so far out of the box of what we had done as an organization.”