Excellence in Leadership Earn Four Caterpillar Women Prestigious STEP Award

On February 6, The Manufacturing Institute honored four Caterpillar employees with the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award. The Caterpillar honorees include Mary Bell, vice president for Building Construction Products Division (BCP); Dianna Clute, quality engineer for Large Power Systems Division; Karen Childs, remanufacturing project engineer in Reman Components & Work Tools Division; and Jenny Wilcoski, supply chain planning processes manager in the Caterpillar Production System Organization (CPS).

In 2012, The Manufacturing Institute launched the STEP Awards to honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers throughout all levels of the manufacturing industry – and to inspire the next generation of female leaders. The awards are part of a larger STEP Ahead Initiative implemented by The Manufacturing Institute to examine and promote the role of women in manufacturing through recognition, research and best practices for attracting, advancing and retaining strong female talent.

“Manufacturers must seek out and actively participate in educational awareness and career preparation opportunities for the next generation of our workforce,” said Vice President Mary Bell. “We need to work with organizations like SkillsUSA that bring students, educators and industry together to promote technical skill development and career opportunities. We need to partner with local schools to develop more apprenticeship programs; these serve as great applied learning opportunities for students and are an excellent source of trained, future talent. We need to attract the best talent – male and female – to manufacturing careers to fuel our future manufacturing growth.”

This year, The Manufacturing Institute recognized 160 recipients of the STEP Awards at a reception in Washington, D.C. The STEP Awards program highlighted each honoree's story, including their leadership and accomplishments in manufacturing.

Click here to learn more about the STEP Award recipients, including biographies of the four Caterpillar honorees. Click here to read Mary Bell’s op-ed for U.S. News & World Report on the STEP Awards and the importance of women in manufacturing.