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

CLEVELAND–(BUSINESS WIRE)–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 kmoore@womeninmfg.org.

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
. www.womeninmanufacturing.org

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


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