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1000 Women in Manufacturing to Serve as Mentors in TMI's Women MAKE America Mentoring Initiative

Over the next five years, The Manufacturing Institute’s/ NAMs Women MAKE America Mentoring Program will create a nationwide movement designed to change the perceptions and elevate more women in lucrative manufacturing careers. We will be training more than 1,000 female mentors and helping them connect to younger women in the industry in four-year colleges and universities, community colleges, high schools, and middle schools. The Women MAKE America Mentoring Program acts on decades of research (see below) and more than a decade of impact to help close the gender gap in manufacturing. To partner on innovating this crucial initiative, TMI brought veteran in the mentoring space Change 4 Growth's Julie Kantor and her team. The initiative launches on April 28th in Washington DC at the STEP AHEAD conference recognizing the top women in manufacturing.

Mentors provide guidance and support, whether around a specific need or ongoing development. They listen to their mentees’ experiences and give constructive, direct, and honest feedback. Mentors play a critical part in both professional and personal development. Still, traditional mentoring relationships have not been available or understanding of women’s needs. In general, women must balance personal and professional responsibilities to a greater extent than men and consequently deal with higher levels of isolation, imposter syndrome, and unconscious biases. Women make up almost half of the U.S workforce. Women make up less than 30% of the manufacturing workforc

To find out more about how your company or employees can participate. Please feel free to email us for key dates. There are no associated costs for participation. Please visit by clicking here or below.

More Details

  • The first program will run May 2022-Jan. 2023, with a time commitment of about 9-12 hours/year plus a 75-minute training session.
  • If you are interested in becoming a mentor or a mentee, please apply by Thursday, May 5th.
  • During the application process, you can attend multiple flash mentoring (April 12th at 12 pm or 4 pm EST) and learning experiences between prospective mentors and mentees. While optional, these virtual Flash Mentoring sessions will provide you the opportunity to identify people you feel you can work well with during the 9-month mentoring relationship. Flash mentoring sessions will take place throughout the month of April and we will run a few sessions at TMI's conference in Washington, DC.
  • If you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee, the next step in the process is a required mentor training, during which you receive The Mentor Roadtrip™ mentor action guide, directions on the process, and best practices .
  • Once matched with a mentee or mentor, you will be notified and the program will formally begin in June 2022.
    If you have any questions about the program, please email Julie Kantor, Change 4 Growth's Vice President of Leadership, Culture, and DEI, or AJ Jorgenson, The Manufacturing Institute's Vice President of Strategic Engagement and Inclusion
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