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Women in Manufacturing and Case Western Reserve University Partner to Produce Leadership Lab for Women in the Manufacturing Industry

January 20, 2016
By Business Wire News


Women in Manufacturing™ (WiM) and Case Western Reserve University’s (CWRU) Weatherhead School of Management today announced the creation of a Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing, which will provide executive education and training to WiM members in mid- to high-level management roles in manufacturing careers.

Scheduled to launch this spring, the Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing program consists of three sessions over eight days on topics including Women in Manufacturing: Bias Barriers and Opportunities; High-impact Leadership for Women in Manufacturing; and Skills and Strategies for Leading the Way Forward in Manufacturing.

“WiM is thrilled to be partnering with Case Western Reserve’s Weatherhead School of Management to offer this outstanding program to our members,” said Allison Grealis, president of WiM. “As the only national trade association dedicated to providing year-round support to women in manufacturing careers, WiM is always looking for new ways to help our members thrive. The Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing program is an example of our ongoing commitment to women’s leadership in the manufacturing sector today and into the future.”

Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing builds on the success of the CWRU’s Leadership Lab for Women in STEM that was created in 2014 to provide professional and leadership development for women in male-dominated occupations. Courses will be held on the CWRU campus and taught by faculty members Diana Bilimoria, PhD, Ellen Van Oosten, PhD, and Kathleen Buse, PhD.

“We are excited to be launching the Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing to provide WiM members with the tools, skills and competencies needed to create opportunities for themselves in the manufacturing sector,” said Buse, faculty director, Leadership Lab for Women in STEM. “From our past Leadership Labs, we have found that, within six months of finishing the program, 40 percent of the women had sought and obtained a promotion. We look forward to working with WiM members to help them leverage their strengths to achieve continued success in their careers.”

This program is generously supported by the GE Foundation, whose funding will allow women who work in small to mid-size manufacturing companies to participate.

Registration rates for the Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing program depend on the size of the company, and scholarship opportunities may be available from WiM based on specific eligibility requirements. For more information, contact Kristin Moore at 216.503.5700 or

About Women in Manufacturing™

Women in Manufacturing™ is a more than 550-member-strong national association dedicated to supporting, promoting and inspiring women who have chosen a career in the manufacturing industry.It encourages the engagement of women who want to share perspectives, gain cutting-edge manufacturing information, improve leadership and communication skills, participate in sponsoring programs and network with industry peers.WiM is the only national association specifically dedicated to supporting women in the manufacturing sector with year-round programming and a national directory for women in the industry.

About Weather School of Management

The Weatherhead School of Management is bold in our ideas, creative in our approach, and adaptive in our interactions within a changing business environment. We’ve enhanced traditional management education by integrating the fundamentals of business with ideas and practices that positively change individuals, organizations, and societies. Our graduates are ready to add immediate value to their organizations, their communities, and the world.

About GE Foundation

The GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of GE, has a rich history of building a world that works better. We empower people by helping them develop the skills they need to succeed in a global economy. We equip communities with the technology and capacity to improve access to better health and education. We elevate ideas that are tackling the world’s toughest challenges to advance economic development and improve lives. The GE Foundation is powered by the generosity and talent of our employees, who have a strong commitment to their communities.

Women in Manufacturing (WiM)
Kristin Moore, 216-503-5700