PHILADELPHIA, March 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Manufacturing Institute has named Barbara Fochtman, director of global operations for FMC Lithium, a 2017 Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Ahead Honoree. The STEP Ahead Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry.
"I am honored to be chosen as a STEP Ahead Honoree, and want to thank FMC for nominating me and my colleagues," said Barbara. "It's important that we continue to inspire and develop the next generation of female leaders in the industry, and the STEP Ahead Awards provide a great forum for peer dialogue and mentorship."
The STEP Ahead Awards are part of the larger STEP Ahead initiative launched to promote the role of women in manufacturing through recognition and research. Each year, only 130 women receive the prestigious award out of thousands of nominations. Nominees are selected based on their contributions and technical achievements, as well as how they make a difference through advocacy, mentorship, engagement, promotion and leadership. FMC employees Luanne McGovern, director of corporate engineering, and Jennifer Hirsch, production services manager for Agricultural Solutions Wyoming, also received STEP Ahead nominations.
This is the first time FMC submitted nominations to the STEP Ahead Awards since its inception in 2012. "We are thrilled that one of our employees was chosen as a STEP Ahead Honoree," said Nadia Ciaravino, FMC's diversity officer. "The STEP Ahead Awards and similar programs are a great way for FMC to highlight employee achievements and demonstrate what leadership in the company and the community looks like."
On April 20, The Manufacturing Institute will recognize recipients of the STEP Ahead Award at a reception in Washington, D.C. The program will highlight each honoree's story, including their leadership and accomplishments in manufacturing.
For more than a century, FMC Corporation has served the global agricultural, industrial and consumer markets with innovative solutions, applications and quality products. Revenue totaled approximately $3.3 billion in 2016. FMC employs approximately 6,000 people throughout the world and operates its businesses in three segments: FMC Agricultural Solutions, FMC Health and Nutrition and FMC Lithium. For more information, visit www.FMC.com.
About The Manufacturing Institute
The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. As a non-partisan organization, the Institute is committed to delivering leading-edge information and services to the nation's manufacturers. The Institute is the authority on the attraction, qualification and development of world-class manufacturing talent. For more information, please visit www.themanufacturinginstitute.org.
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