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Women in Manufacturing Research Project

Manufacturers Alliance Foundation often takes an in-depth look at issues that impact manufacturing, and we invite supporting organizations and member companies to help fund the research. The latest research project focuses on women in leadership roles at manufacturing companies.

Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling

While we’ve heard the stories from women who have reached the pinnacle of success at American manufacturing companies, there is no clear path to replicate that success. And women in manufacturing face larger uphill battles from the breakroom to the Board room than male peers. This project examines how companies can support female leadership to bring in new voices now and create an environment attractive to future talent.

How did the women who hold leadership roles today – from CEOs, CFOs, and CHROs to CIOs, VPs of Engineering, and Plant Managers – progress and ultimately achieve career success in a historically male-dominated industry? What trends can we identify and what advice can we give to nextgeneration female managers and to manufacturing companies looking to secure their talents?

Manufacturers Alliance Foundation will undertake research that includes a survey of manufacturing leaders and case studies on how career paths for new female leaders are evolving, what obstacles these female leaders have overcome, and insights for women to get a foot in the leadership door.

Manufacturers Alliance member companies help support these efforts by underwriting our costs. Many thanks to our participating companies!

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