The national trade group Women in Manufacturing, along with Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, today announced the creation of a Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing. The training program will provide executive education and training to its members in mid- to high-level management roles in manufacturing careers.

Scheduled to launch this spring at the university’s Weatherhead School of Management, the Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing program consists of three sessions over eight days on topics including Women in Manufacturing: Bias Barriers and Opportunities; High-impact Leadership for Women in Manufacturing; and Skills and Strategies for Leading the Way Forward in Manufacturing.

Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing builds on CWRU’s Leadership Lab for Women in STEM that was created in 2014 to provide professional and leadership development for women in male-dominated occupations. Courses will be held on the CWRU campus and taught by faculty members Diana Bilimoria, Ellen Van Oosten and Kathleen Buse. Bilimoria leads Weatherhead’s organizational management division; Van Oosten is an assistant professor of organizational behavior and an electric engineer; and Buse is a consultant, adjunct professor and president of Advancing Women in STEM.

Buse said that 40% of women who attended previous Leadership Labs sought and received promotions within six months.

The General Electric Foundation is funding scholarships to allow women who work in small to mid-size manufacturing companies to participate. For more information about scholarship opportunities, contact Kristin Moore at kmoore@womeninmfg.org.

Registration rates for the Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing program depend on the size of the company, and scholarship opportunities may be available from WiM based on specific eligibility requirements. For more information, contact Kristin Moore at (216) 503-5700 or kmoore@womeninmfg.org