SME, Women in Manufacturing Expand Partnership

Organizations slated to co-host Women of SMART Experience in early June.

Organizations slated to co-host Women of SMART Experience in early June.

SME and the Women in Manufacturing Association (WiM) have expanded their relationship by offering a professional-level reciprocal membership between both organizations. This allows SME members to join WiM at a reduced rate, and vice versa, to take advantage of benefits for both including opportunities to earn certifications, receive access to industry-related articles and participate in events and programming.

The expansion of the partnership, which began in 2021, includes continued collaboration in the operation of two virtual career fairs annually resulting in more than 900 registrants to date. Both organizations will work together on other joint projects, events and products such as career forums, workshops, and educational offerings, which SME and WiM find mutually beneficial.

On June 4, 2024, SME and WiM will host the Women of SMART Experience, co-located with the SME-and AMT-produced Smart Manufacturing Experience and tuX in Pittsburgh at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The inaugural event will offer leadership workshops, sessions from leading women in the industry, networking opportunities, and a meaningful charitable experience. Registration is open now at

The agenda for the event begins with an inspiring keynote address highlighting the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workforce, followed by engaging panel discussions covering topics such as leveraging technology for innovation and career development. Interactive breakout sessions will provide opportunities for skill-building, with expert-led workshops addressing challenges and opportunities specific to women in manufacturing. The event aims to foster collaboration, mentorship and professional growth.

“At SME, we believe in the North American manufacturing industry’s potential to become a thriving ecosystem. Diversity, equity and inclusion are a big part of that vision and our three years working with Women in Manufacturing is just one way we continue to support an historically underrepresented group in the industry,” says Sheronda Carr, vice president, SME Membership. “This partnership continues to evolve with new possibilities for this year and into the future, as we look forward to adding to the number of co-produced activities we share.”

“In partnership, there is progress,” says Allison Grealis, president and founder of the Women in Manufacturing Association. “Together, WiM and SME are forging a future where collaboration amplifies success and shapes the manufacturing industry.”

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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