“Women have amazing potential to contribute to the manufacturing industry, but for them to reach that – the opportunities must be provided. Male leaders’ conscious inclusion of diverse women will create an infusion of unique perspectives to the manufacturing industry that will continue to put California at the forefront with their insight, engagement, and inclusion,” said Lance Hastings, CEO & President of CMTA. “We hope this event is a catalyst for important and courageous conversations that must take place throughout our industry as we face the reality that women are still underrepresented, yet integral to our future success.”
- Chief Inspiration Officer of SHE IS CHEVAL, & former “Say Yes to the Dress”designer, CHEVAL
- Fox News White House Correspondent Jacqui Heinrich
- Director of Boeing’s MAF Production Operations Jennifer Boland-Masterson
- Women in Manufacturing (WiM) Membership Manager Kara Mayner
- Communication Expert Karen Laos
“CMTA is dedicated to uplifting female leaders and voices at all levels as we work to change the narrative of the manufacturing industry,” said Ananda Rochita, Vice President of Communications, CMTA. “Women MakingCA was an amazing opportunity for us to recognize the important role that women have played in the success of the manufacturing industry, and to inspire the next generation of women in manufacturing.”
Pamela Kan, President of Bishop-Wisecarver was awarded Manufacturer of the Year, Debra Griffin, MUN CPAs was awarded Service Provider of the Year, and QMP, Inc.was awarded Innovator of the Year.
CMTA remains dedicated to supporting not only women but diverse populations. This past year, the nonprofit organization re-launched its CMTA Foundation to provide scholarships for the next generation.
The California Manufacturers & Technology Association has advocated for pro-growth laws and regulations before the California legislature and administrative agencies since 1918. The total output from manufacturing in California is $300 billion per year, roughly 10 percent of the total economic output of the state. Manufacturers employ 1.3 million Californians paying wages more than $25,000 higher than other non-farm employers in the state. For more information, visit the CMTA website.