SCA Bowling Green’s Janet Stephens to Receive STEP Ahead Award

The Manufacturing Institute will present 130 STEP Ahead Awards in April for Women in Manufacturing.

Janet Stephens, director of planning and initiatives for SCA's Global Hygiene Supply Personal Care Americas business unit will receive the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award from The Manufacturing Institute at a reception in Washington, D.C. on April 20.

Stephens was selected for the Women in Manufacturing award because "she has been instrumental in leading SCA's Bowling Green facility, which manufactures TENA incontinence care protection for both the retail and healthcare markets, to become one of SCA’s state-of-the-art and benchmarks in production efficiency," according to a statement from the companies.

Stephens has worked at SCA for 28 years at plants in Barton, AL and in Bowling Green, KY. During her career at SCA, her roles have ranged from junior level quality supervisor to site management to her current role as director of planning and initiatives.

Mansoor Parvaiz, SCA VP for Global Hygiene Supply Americas, said “Janet is well known globally within SCA for her ability to successfully integrate technology across all disciplines and her outstanding leadership. She is an expert at both engagement and empowerment, and she has made a significant impact across the organization.”

According to information from SCA and The Manufacturing Institute, "the STEP Ahead Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory-floor to the C suite." The STEP Ahead Awards are part of The Manufacturing Institute's STEP Ahead initiative, which aims serves to mentor and recognize women in an effort to reduce the gender gap in the manufacturing industry.

This year, The Manufacturing Institute will recognize 130 award recipients at the STEP Ahead Awards reception. Further information about The STEP Ahead Awards is available on The Manufacturing Institute's site.

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