Women in Manufacturing, Case Western Reserve partner for leadership

January 28, 2016 - 06:00pm
Kathleen Buse, Ph.D., adjunct professor, faculty director, Leadership Lab for Women in STEM

Women in Manufacturing (WiM) and Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management recently 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 the industry.

Scheduled to launch this spring, the Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing program will consist of three sessions over 8 days on topics such as "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 WiM President Allison Grealis. “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 is said to build on the success of the university's Leadership Lab for Women in STEM, which 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.


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