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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

PMA Summit to Focus on Advancing Women in Manufacturing

The Women in Manufacturing Summit runs Oct. 29-30 in Milwaukee, Wis.

The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) will host its second annual Women in Manufacturing Summit Oct. 29-30 in Milwaukee, Wis., to discuss the role women play in U.S. manufacturing, Modern Machine Shop reports.

More than 200 women are expected to attend the event at the Pfister Hotel. They will hear keynote presentations and talks about ways that women can be a stronger presence in industry. Not only will women share their perspectives and leadership stories, but attendees will discuss why women aren’t applying in higher numbers for manufacturing job openings around the nation.

Deloitte, which will give a presentation at the conference, called “The State of Women in Manufacturing,” recently released a report that noted the crossover between professional women in the United States and the skills needed in manufacturing.

Women comprise nearly 50 percent of the U.S. labor pool…Women also are holding more than half of all managerial professional positions in U.S. businesses. In 2006, 60 percent of all accounting bachelor’s degrees were awarded to women and 58 percent of all bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees were granted to women.

However, Deloitte has predicted a “6-million-person gap in the United States between the number of students graduating from college and the number of workers needed to cover job growth and replace retirees.”

“Women have the skill needed by our industry,” Allison Grealis, head of the PMA’s Women in Manufacturing Initiative, told MMS. “It’s up to us to show them the opportunities available in manufacturing.”

The conference will also include networking meal sessions and educational panels for specific industry sectors.

Brian Lane


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