The Women’s Leadership Program (WLP) announces that it will host presentations about technology innovations and career advancements from 1-3:15 p.m. CST on Tuesday, November 1, 2022.

Co-chaired by Tanya Martin of the SMTA and Jessica Molloy of ZESTRON, the second presentation will take place from 1:45-2:30 p.m. Loretta Renard, CEO at REMAP, will focus on changing the perception of manufacturing process.

As manufacturing process becomes more advanced and digitized, perceptions about careers in manufacturing are changing – creating a more positive perception of the sector and incenting more women to pursue careers in manufacturing process. This is further supported by workforce multiplier jobs – currently estimated to be 16 jobs created for every one high-tech manufacturing process job. These multiplier jobs support and drive manufacturing process, but are not on the manufacturing floor – such as automation technologies, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and a whole host of supporting professions from supply chain management through logistics, finance, marketing and beyond. There is much sophistication and excitement around manufacturing process and this is quickly changing the demographics of the workforce.

The winners in this evolving industry will possess varying combinations of technical, leadership and power skills. Loretta will discuss the growing role of women in the advanced manufacturing process and how she has leveraged her communications, interpersonal and leadership toolkit to grow her own unique and unexpected career in the manufacturing sector.