The Manufacturing Institute recognized three Toyota team members Thursday night in Washington, D.C. with Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards.
The three Toyota award winners are Renee Robertson, general manager production control, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky; Shamaya Morris, production engineering specialist, Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia; and Marie Kendrick, powertrain engineer, Toyota's Bodine Aluminum, Troy, Mo. (Posthumous). These women come from multiple operations across North America.
“We are thrilled to see our amazing team members recognized for the excellent work they are doing at Toyota,” said Leah Curry, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia and a 2013 STEP Ahead Award winner. “At this time, when our industry sees a significant lack of women entering manufacturing careers, it is critical that we continue to encourage, empower and elevate today's female leaders to inspire future generations. That is a mission that we take very seriously at Toyota.”
The STEP Ahead Awards salute female team members who have performed excellently and exhibited leadership in their organization. The women who have been honored this year represent all levels of the manufacturing industry.
“The women who we are celebrating represent the exciting career opportunities available in manufacturing,” said Michelle Kumbier, 2019 chair of STEP Ahead and chief operating officer at Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “The STEP Ahead Award honors successful women in this industry for their significant achievements and the positive impact they have made on their companies, their communities and the industry as a whole.”