Taking a Step Ahead: Three women making an impact in manufacturing

Taking a Step Ahead: Three women making an impact in manufacturing

By: Lisa Davis, Member of the Managing Board, Siemens AG and CEO of Siemens USA 


Take our manufacturing presence as an example. Continuing education programs and apprenticeships are just some of the tools we use to develop talent across our 60 U.S. facilities.


With six out of ten U.S. manufacturing positions vacant, all manufacturers need to do more to attract and develop talent. Yes, we do need to increase training opportunities. But we also need to get more people interested in manufacturing careers – especially women.


More women than ever are joining the workforce. Yet in manufacturing, women still only comprise 29% of the workforce, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Recruiting and retaining more women in manufacturing could not only help bridge the skills gap; data shows that advancing gender equity leads to better business results.


This is why Siemens participates in The Manufacturing Institute’s Step Aheadinitiative to honor the role of women within manufacturing. Each year the program recognizes women who are emerging talents or have made outstanding contributions throughout their careers. It’s also why I’m proud to sign the Manufacturing Institute’s pledge to encourage women in manufacturing, as well as introduce to you three women from Siemens who were honored at the recent (STEP) Ahead Awards in Washington, D.C.


Eryn Devola and Lora McCawley were each STEP Ahead Honorees. Chelsey Martin was recognized as a STEP Ahead Emerging Leader.

Eryn Devola, Plant Manager, Mobility, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Since joining Siemens in 2012, Eryn has advanced from leading quality initiatives and driving improvement in the production process to Plant Manager. Her team recently celebrated one full year of 100% on-time delivery, and Eryn continues to strengthen quality and employee morale. In fact, many of Eryn’s initiatives are now shared with other facilities and leveraged as best practices.


Lora McCawley, Manufacturing Manager, Low Voltage & Products business, Energy Management, Grand Prairie, Texas



Lora’s talent was recognized when she was promoted to manager within her first six months. Since then she has helped optimize production at her facility, secured new business and cross-trained her workforce to increase their skills and abilities. A longtime volunteer in and outside of Siemens, Lora also mentors women in manufacturing.


Chelsey Martin, Rotor Coil and Insulation Operations Manager, Power and Gas, Ft. Payne, Alabama.



While managing four supervisors and 68 employees, Chelsey still finds time to be a mentor. To ensure the success of an apprenticeship program, she integrated three apprentices into her rotor and glass manufacturing teams so they could receive direct industry experience, obtain certificates and continue their manufacturing careers.


Congratulations to these three women who have made an impact in manufacturing and are indeed steps ahead when it comes to working in the manufacturing industry. I hope they inspire more women to follow their lead