Shaw's Amanda Edwards Recognized with STEP Ahead Award
Dalton, GA, August 4, 2021-The Manufacturing Institute-the workforce development and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers-will recognize Amanda Edwards, vice president of enterprise excellence at Shaw, with a STEP Ahead Award at its annual awards ceremony in November.
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. Edwards was recognized for her commitment to STEM education, inspiring future female engineers, and uplifting women throughout their manufacturing careers.
Edwards was the first female operations leader of Shaw’s quality assurance, technical support, accredited lab and operational excellence teams. Her responsibilities in this role included traveling to China and restructuring a quality assurance program in Asia, where she hired and built leadership teams that aligned with company values. Currently, she drives compliance and risk mitigation in North America, Asia, and throughout all Shaw facilities across the globe. Edwards is now the chair-and was the first female voting member-of Carpet and Rug Institute's Strategic Issues Leadership Council, focusing on consumer marketing efforts and promoting the viability of soft surfaces in the flooring industry.
The STEP Women’s Initiative is the nation’s marquee program to close the gender gap in manufacturing. On November 4, the Manufacturing Institute will recognize 130 recipients of the STEP Ahead Awards, including Shaw’s Edwards, at a gala in Washington, D.C.