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Women in Manufacturing

"Stepping up to Make an Impact That Matters"

Women in Manufacturing Report

A new report from The Manufacturing Institute, Deloitte and APICS, “Women in Manufacturing: Stepping up to make an impact that matters,” examines the role of women in the manufacturing industry through more than 600 survey responses and 20 executive interviews conducted in 2016. The report provides key insights on how companies can effectively recruit, retain and advance talented women in manufacturing.

Read the press release
Download the report

The 2017 STEP Ahead Awards: The Results Are In!

APICS partners with The Manufacturing Institute in its “STEP Ahead: Women in Manufacturing” initiative. The STEP Ahead Awards honor women in manufacturing who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory floor to the C-suite. “STEP Ahead” inspires next-generation female leaders to pursue a career in manufacturing and showcases the amazing opportunities the manufacturing industry can offer.

Read the press release from The Manufacturing Institute.
View a list of honorees and emerging leaders


Exploring the Gender Gap

The "Women in Manufacturing Study" was commissioned by The Manufacturing Institute, Deloitte and APICS to understand why manufacturing isn’t attracting, retaining and advancing its fair share of talented women. It is based on the survey responses of more than 600 women professionals predominately across the manufacturing industry, gaining their perspectives on how companies can effectively recruit, retain and advance talented women.

Why it's important

Manufacturing faces an estimated 2 million worker shortfall throughout the next decade, and manufacturing executives who responded to a recent skills gap study reported that six out of 10 positions are currently unfilled because of the skills gap. With women representing less than a third of the manufacturing workforce, it’s clear that manufacturers are missing out on a critical talent pool, which could aid remarkably in closing the skills gap. Closing the skills gap includes closing the gender gap.

The LEAD Tool kit

To increase awareness and create ambassadors for manufacturing careers for women, APICS and The Manufacturing Institute have released "LEAD: Becoming an Impactful Voice to the Next Generation of Talent."

The LEAD tool kit outlines ways for women who are currently in manufacturing to become ambassadors for their industry and ways for companies and organizations to get involved and increase awareness about supply chain careers. It also provides information for educators to encourage young girls to explore the professional possibilities offered in this field.

"Minding the Manufacturing Gender Gap"

Minding the Manufacturing Gender Gap

"Minding the Manufacturing Gender Gap: How manufacturers can get their fair share of talented women," is a compilation of findings from surveys of more than 600 women across manufacturing roles. It provides insight into best practices for attracting, retaining and advancing women in manufacturing careers.

Download "Minding the Manufacturing Gender Gap."


"2015 Women in Manufacturing Study"


The Manufacturing Institute, Deloitte and APICS collaborated on a joint study that surveyed more than 600 women professionals in the manufacturing industry to gain insight into how companies can effectively recruit, retain, and advance talented women.

Download the "2015 Women in Manufacturing Study."


Closing the Middle East's Supply Chain Talent Gap

Samer Madhoun was the recipient of the 2017 APICS Award of Excellence — Diversity and Inclusion Champion, which recognized his work promoting supply chain education and women in supply chain in the Middle East. Watch below to learn how he's working to get more women in supply chain.