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Women in Mfg Skilled Trades (WiMST) Symposium (2024)

February 23 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm


This symposium is a day to meet with other manufacturers, educators, and workforce development professionals to discuss how to recruit more women into the manufacturing skilled trades.

This will be the beginning of a regional conversation to determine how we can improve the recruitment of women into these careers. We will have speakers and panelists to discuss best practices.

WHO should attend:
1) Bay Area manufacturers (HR or technical hiring managers or those who create company strategy for outreach and hiring)
2) Educators in the community colleges & K-12 who develop programs, recruit students, or work with students to give advice on careers
3) Workforce development professionals working with clients to find new careers

  9:00 a – 10:00 a   Check-in, Coffee / Pastries & Networking
10:00 a – 10:15 a   Opening Remarks / Welcome
10:15 a – 10:30 a   The Facts, Trends & Challenges
10:30 a – 11:00 a   KEYNOTE Presentation
Advancing Women in Manufacturing” Study
(Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Ariane Hegewisch)
11:00 a – 12:00 p   Panel Session (Skilled Tradeswomen)
“How to Increase the Number of WiMST: Tradeswomen’s Perspective
(panelists: EBMUD, LLNL, Kairos Power, M95)
12:00 p – 1:00 p     LUNCH & NETWORKING
1:00 p – 2:00 p     BREAKOUT Discussion: Brainstorm on Approaches / Best Practices
2:00 p – 3:00 p     Panel Session (Manufacturers / Educators)
“Organization Initiatives to Increase the Number of WiMST
(panelists: Velo3D, Laney College, LLNL, Casa Sanchez, Ghiradelli)
3:00 p – 3:30 p     Tour of Ohlone facilities

Bay Area Community Colleges
Workforce Development Boards

For more information or questions, contact
– Mark Martin


February 23
9:00 am - 3:30 pm


Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd.
Fremont, 94539 United States
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