ABB women “STEP Ahead” as nominees for The Manufacturing Institute awards

ABB women “STEP Ahead” as nominees for The Manufacturing Institute awards

The STEP Ahead Awards are a nationwide honor presented by The Manufacturing Institute, the workforce development and education partner of The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), that recognizes outstanding contributions by women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) careers. Each year, 130 women are recognized, 100 STEP Ahead Honorees and 30 Emerging Leaders under age 30).

ABB has participated in the award nomination process since 2016 as a way to recognize women at ABB for their accomplishments at work and in their community. This year, we had our largest group of ABB nominees ever. In fact, we had so many that a panel of HR Business partners and managers, including a former STEP Award recipient, selected our eventual nominees to conform to the limited number of nominations allowed from one company.


Name Title ABB Business Nomination Category
Maria Dropps Production Supervisor Electrification STEP Ahead Emerging Leader
Victoria Davenport Supply Chain Manager Motion STEP Ahead Emerging Leader
Abagail Blodgett Production Engineer Robotics STEP Ahead Emerging Leader
Vivien Pinto IS Domain Delivery Manager Information Systems STEP Ahead Honoree
Taydi Delgado HBU Controller Industrial Processes STEP Ahead Honoree
Tracy Long Vice President - Communications Motion STEP Ahead Honoree
Djana Taylor Supply Chain Manager Motion STEP Ahead Honoree
Kristina Worgan Director, Planning & Fulfillment Motion STEP Ahead Honoree
Andrea Czapiewski Director, Spare Parts & Rebuild Robotics STEP Ahead Honoree

“I wish we could have submitted everyone, but I’m excited about the ones we did,” says Jason Green, Country HR Manager for the U.S. “They are very deserving of this recognition and we should all be proud of their work, both inside and outside of ABB.”

Nominees will compete with over 1,000 women in manufacturing to be selected as a 2021 STEP Ahead recipient.

In addition, those selected by the Manufacturing Institute as 2021 STEP Ahead Award recipients will be invited to Washington DC for a leadership development conference and evening awards gala as part of their selection as an 2021 award recipient. The event was virtual this year, so we hope they get to have the event in person in 2021.

Award recipients will be notified in early January and the winners will be announced publicly closer to the 2021 awards gala date.


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