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22 industry-leading women you should know: The Influential Women in Manufacturing 2018 eBook is now available

Meet the inaugural class of IWiM honorees.

By Christine LaFave Grace, managing editor

Back in May, the editors of Plant Services and its sister publications at Putman Media announced the 22 members of Putman's inaugural class of Influential Women in Manufacturing. Now, we're honored to spotlight the honorees in the just-released Influential Women in Manufacturing 2018 eBook.

In these 50 pages, meet 22 women who are creating change for their organizations and for industry as a whole. They're evolving asset management practices to bring a more-proactive, more-efficient approach to maintenance and operations. They're leading the digital transformation of their company's business planning. They're engaging via professional societies and their local school districts to support young people considering or pursuing a career in manufacturing.

They represent a wide range of industry verticals – from pharmaceutical production to oil & gas to academia to industrial automation and intelligence, and Plant Services readers will recognize several familiar names – women who were nominated by their peers in industry and who also have shared their insights with Plant Services over the years.

Among them:

You can hear from Getsug and Wenzel later this month at the 4th annual Smart Industry Conference – both are speakers at this year's event, taking place Sept. 24–26 at the Loews Chicago O'Hare in Rosemont, IL, and featuring the theme "Activate Your Digital Strategy." We also invite you to attend the Influential Women in Manufacturing breakfast on Wednesday, Sept. 26, to help us celebrate IWiM honorees' industry-leading work, and to join us for our Oct. 24 IWiM webinar, "Strategies to Retain and Advance Women in Industry."

If you have any questions about the conference or about the IWiM program, please feel free to contact me directly at

Our congratulations to all of the 2018 IWiM honorees! Onward.

Download your complimentary copy of the Influential Women in Manufacturing 2018 eBook.