Industry Pacesetters Set to Convene for Eighth Annual Women in Manufacturing SUMMIT

The countdown is on to the premier educational and networking event for women in the manufacturing sector. The eighth annual Women in Manufacturing Association (WiM) SUMMIT will be held in just over one month, on October 3-5, 2018, at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, IN. The three-day conference is expected to attract over 350 attendees from all sectors and careers in manufacturing.

Information about the SUMMIT including the full SUMMIT agenda can be found on the WiM website.

WiM is the only national association specifically dedicated to providing year-round support for women in the manufacturing sector. The annual WiM SUMMIT is the highlight of the WiM calendar and, like all of WiMs programming, the event is dedicated to supporting, promoting and inspiring women in the industry.

The theme of this years SUMMIT is ˜Make an Impact, a message that reflects the reality that the manufacturing sector is changing and changing fast, said WiM President Allison Grealis. Rapid innovation and advanced technologies mean new opportunities in our industry. Women are rising to the occasion, making an impact by taking on new roles and joining the ranks of leadership in greater numbers. This years SUMMIT is dedicated to celebrating accomplishments and making commitments for continued progress.

The high-tech nature of modern manufacturing will also be on display when the 2018 WiM SUMMIT kicks off with exclusive plant tours at some of Indianapoliss leading manufacturing facilities including Crown Equipment Corporation, Fastenal Company, Rolls Royce and Salesforce.


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The conference has a reputation for attracting high-profile speakers and this year is no exception. Keynote presentations and discussion sessions will be led by industry executives including (a partial list):

  • Vanessa Abrahams-John, Executive Director, Inclusion and Talent Acquisition, Praxair, Inc.
  • Joseph Anderson, Vice President, Institute for Process Excellence
  • Kim Beardsley, Vice President, Worldwide Parts Services, John Deere
  • Cindy Bolt, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing, Salesforce
  • Tracey Lockhart, Global Head of Quality, Rolls Royce

Attendees can also enjoy the SUMMITs planned lighter events like morning yoga sessions and an evening silent auction to benefit the WiM Educational Foundation. The full SUMMIT agenda can be found on the WiM website.

The WiM SUMMIT is reflective of our organizations commitment not only to helping women succeed, but also to helping manufacturing companies grow, and helping our industry thrive, continued Grealis. We are looking forward to our best SUMMIT yet and to leaving attendees inspired to go out and make an impact on our industry now and in the future.

The WiM SUMMIT is made possible by the support of sponsor organizations who are committed to the advancement of women in the manufacturing industry. A list of SUMMIT sponsors is available on the WiM website.

To register to attend SUMMIT 2018, visit the WiM website or contact Jackie Bloom at 216-503-5700 or [email protected].

Stay connected with WiM for updates regarding this years program by visiting the WiM website and following WiM on Twitter – @WomeninMfg, #WiMSUMMIT.