The Manufacturing Institute will present a Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award to Lynn Graykowski, a manufacturing engineering manager for Welbilt, a Florida-based multiline foodservice equipment manufacturer.
The sixth annual STEP Ahead Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in manufacturing careers. Honorees represent all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory floor to the executive suite.
According to The Manufacturing Institute, women constitute one of manufacturing’s largest pools of untapped talent, totaling about 47 percent of the U.S. labor force in 2016 but only 29 percent of the manufacturing workforce. The STEP Ahead Awards are part of the larger STEP Ahead initiative, launched to examine and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research and leadership for attracting, advancing and retaining strong female talent.