The Florida TRADE Consortium and the Manufacturers Association of Florida Center for Advanced Manufacturing Excellence (MAF CAME) have joined forces to promote opportunities for women in manufacturing. The Manufacturing Experience: A Woman’s Perspective, was held on June 4, in Orlando. Key female executives and leaders in Florida manufacturing participated in a discussion on key issues for women in the manufacturing industry. Watch the event on YouTube.
“We always look for ways to improve our industry, promote manufacturing and introduce new career opportunities to our communities,” said Amanda Bowen, MAF CAME. “Along with the Florida TRADE Consortium, we decided to highlight exceptional women in the Florida manufacturing field at the June STEM Forum. The panel was nothing short of inspirational. Women of different backgrounds, cultures, generations and education engaged in an interactive dialogue to reach out and connect with other women.”
Jessica Glover, a manufacturer with Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, sat on the panel. “Participating on the women in manufacturing panel at the STEM Forum was so much fun. We laughed, shared stories and brought a wide variety of backgrounds to a great discussion! Hopefully it will open young minds up to all the possibilities available in manufacturing, educate them on how to get there and break through some stereotypes.”
“These ladies rocked the house!” said Dr. Gary Graham, Director of the Florida TRADE Consortium. “They were engaging, very interesting and were the highlight of the STEM Forum. It was great to partner with the MAF Center to make this event happen. Our hope is that teachers, counselors and women of all ages use this video to learn about the careers and opportunities that are available in the manufacturing industry.”
“Approximately 75 percent of the current manufacturing industry is male,” said Bowen. “This is 2015. It’s time to break the mentality that manufacturing is ‘dark, dirty and dangerous’ and let everyone know it’s okay to follow your passion – even if that passion leads you down a road of science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Manufacturing careers are on the rise; with advances in technology, there is no end in sight for the opportunities in Florida’s future. Women have every right to be a part of this movement. We want girls in middle and high school to understand what manufacturing is and to take advantage of the trainings the TRADE Consortium has to offer. This industry is something to be proud of. It’s a place to grow personally and professionally. It’s a place where a passion can turn into a career, and as one of our panelists stated — ‘it’s lucrative!’”