Empowering Women in Production 

Designed for: Women in production, direct production support, and shop-floor roles in manufacturing that do not have direct reports. This program is best suited for women who are newer team members, team leaders, and/or those that are identified as having leadership potential but no current leadership experience.

The Empowering Women in Production program is a 20-week course to support the professional development of production, production support, and shop floor employees. Employees in production settings often have tremendous insight into the culture, products and processes that manufacturing companies need to innovate. By developing these women into leaders, we can improve the industry overall and inspire other women to explore careers in manufacturing.

This program is best suited for newer team members or team leaders and/or those who are identified as having leadership potential but limited leadership experience.

This is a 100% online program, where participants can learn at their own pace, with a 60-minute time commitment per week. The coursework includes 13 modules based on 28 core competencies that manufacturers look for in their leaders including problem solving, communication skills, negotiation, time management, leadership fundamentals, customer service, emotional intelligence, safety orientation, networking and more.

In addition to the online course, the program includes a StrengthsFinder assessment, one-on-one coaching and peer networking, culminating in a graduation ceremony where participants receive a certificate of completion.

This program is offered to women, women-identifying individuals, and non-binary and gender-nonconforming people.

The next cohort begins June 20, 2024.


Groups of 15+, please reach out to Alana Lesnansky at [email protected]

NEW! 50% discount available for women who live or work in the following Northwest Ohio counties: Allen, Auglaize, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Marion, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood or Wyandot. CLICK HERE to apply for the discount.

Cost to Participate: 
Early Bird Rate
(ends 5/24/24)
WiM Member Rate   $900 $995
WiM Corporate Member Rate  $850 $895
Non-member Rate   $1795 $1995

Thank You To Our Sponsor!

"This program was fantastic! I felt empowered and encouraged to continue growing as a leader!" 
- Erica, Southwire

“This is great! It is a fantastic program with tons of resources that I hope more and more people can be exposed to all of the great things they are doing." 
- Whitney, George Utz

"The program helped me grow in areas that I had no idea I  wasn’t as strong in. It has helped tremendously in decision making in my job and applying it to every day life."
- Sabrina, Southwire

"As the program ends, I feel that I am a stronger person when it comes to taking self reflection and self appreciation. These are to areas in which I need to work on to feel valuable at my job. I enjoyed hearing all the successful stories of every woman. Yet realize that everyone has ups and downs as they climb the ladder as a woman in the manufacturing world. I also learned that not everyone may like me at my job but as long as I don't let it keep me from excelling or divert me from doing the best I can at my job, its ok. The best outcome for me is, the struggles I have in life that were holding me back are now the drive that makes me want to better my self in each aspects of my life, not just my job." 
- Deanna, BASF

"I appreciated the material presented in this program and learned so much. I especially appreciate the material coming from women with experience in different manufacturing areas. In addition, the videos were helpful, and the fact that I could watch them whenever and wherever was convenient. As a result, I am encouraged, motivated, and very optimistic about my future in manufacturing." 
- Terry, Southwire

"I am grateful for the opportunity to meet women who can relate to my everyday work experiences. Going through the WIM classes opened my eyes to skills I was not aware I had. My coach challenged me to look at myself and bring solutions, instead of complaining." 
- Cammy, Southwire

Program Information

Problem Solving Time Management
Coping Skills Team Mentality
Communication Skills  Leadership Fundamentals
Networking and Building Relationships Individual Responsibility
Negotiation Skills Customer Service
Emotional Intelligence and Connectiveness  Safety Orientation
The Power and Place of Women in Manufacturing
Since the program's inception in 2021, more than 620 leaders have graduated from the WiM Education Foundation's Empowering Women in Production. Graduates have transitioned successfully into leadership roles, added more value to their companies and served as role models for other women in the industry.
This program is offered for women, women-identifying individuals, and non-binary and gender-nonconforming people. 

For more information, contact Alana Lesnansky at [email protected]