By Edwin B. Smith
University of Mississippi
The Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence at the University of Mississippi is teaming with the Manufacturing Institute for a one-day conference to showcase possibilities for women to pursue STEM careers in manufacturing industries.
“Step Forward: Advancing Women in Manufacturing” is set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday (March 31) at The Inn at Ole Miss. The Manufacturing Institute, or MI, is the education and workforce partner of the National Association of Manufacturers.
The event is free and open to the public. To register, click here.
“This one-day conference is a career development and networking event for female students and young professionals interested in manufacturing,” said Tyler Biggs, CME associate director for external operations. “Women in STEM has become a national movement, and we thought this would be a great way to highlight the work Ole Miss is doing to help promote diversity.”
An executive panel discussion focusing on “What I Wish I Knew” is among the highlights. Panelists include Emily Lauder, vice president of Toyota Manufacturing Mississippi; Frankie Adaire, operations manager at Raytheon; and Transito James, director of operations at Milwaukee Tool.
Other scheduled activities include workshops and sessions on the need for creators in the manufacturing industry, building networks and speed mentoring. A luncheon is provided at noon.
The MI is requiring proof of vaccination for in-person attendance; this condition goes beyond what the university requires for most events. Instructions for confirming proof of vaccination will be sent before the meeting date.
For more information, contact STEPahead@nam.org.