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Women accounted for 47% of the U.S. labor force in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but just 29% of the U.S. manufacturing workforce. Moreover, in a 2017 Deloitte survey of women in manufacturing, more than 7 in 10 respondents indicated they believe that women are underrepresented in their organization's leadership team.
As manufacturers work to address their hiring needs and cultivate leadership for their organization's future, what strategies can help ensure that women are represented in the hiring and promotion pools? What are some of the keys to fostering a culture of inclusion  one that supports retention of female employees and elevation of innovative women leaders? This roundtable discussion will feature perspectives from three members of Putman Media's inaugural class of Influential Women in Manufacturing. 
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In this webinar:
  1. Get insights into the state of women's representation in manufacturing in the U.S.
  2. Learn about how mentoring, internal networking groups, and involvement in professional associations can play a key role in supporting the retention and advancement of women in industrial organizations, and get ideas on how to incorporate or expand these opportunities in your company
  3. Hear perspectives on what works (and what doesn't) when it comes to ensuring that women employees are able to make the contribution they want to make to your company.
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Linda Freeman
Business development manager
Rockwell Automation
In her current role as business development manager at Rockwell Automation, Freeman works with multiple product groups to develop new products and features that meet the unique automation application needs of customers in the entertainment and theme-park industry. 
She is a life member and volunteer for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and was a key developer of the Rockwell Automation Society of Women Engineers (RASWE) employee resource group, which looks to help women attain technical and leadership skills that can prepare them for promotions and success in their careers. 
Kelly Finch
Director of technology
O-AT-KA Milk Products Coop. Inc.
Kelly Finch's "passion for process design and improvement" have been a powerful complement to the technological applications (she) has put in place as director of technology at O-AT-KA Milk Products Coop. Inc., praises Jill Smith, senior director at ERP provider Aptean. "These changes have replaced many of the non-value-added tasks with automated solutions, ultimately creating efficiencies and optimization within the manufacturing plant...(giving) workers the opportunity to pursue a more fulfilling role within the plant,” Smith adds. Finch began her career at O-AT-KA in 1992 as assistant to the CEO and quickly found a passion for manufacturing. By 1994, she was named systems administrator within the newly formed IT department – a role in which she laid the groundwork for O-AT-KA’s first network.
Anne Lucietto
Assistant  professor
Purdue Polytechnic Institute’s School of Engineering Technology
Anne Lucietto, a mechanical engineer by training, worked in industry for the likes of Caterpillar and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory before starting her “second career” as an assistant professor at Purdue University in 2014. She obtained a Ph.D. in engineering education from Purdue in 2014 and has spent the past several years pursuing a passion for helping ensure that today’s engineering students are sufficiently prepared for their careers. Lucietto is a life member and fellow in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and has served as the organization’s national treasurer and as a section president; she recently was named chair-elect of the organization’s Women in Academia committee.

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