Two Industry Women Honored with STEP Awards
Washington, DC, March 4, 2019-The Manufacturing Institute awarded Diana Rosenberger, sustainable sourcing manager at Shaw Industries with the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award, and Kayla Lowrie, research & development manager for Armstrong Flooring, was recognized as an Emerging Leader during this year’s Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead Awards, conducted by The Manufacturing Institute.
This national honor identifies high-achieving women in manufacturing who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their companies and communities.
Rosenberger is honored for her contributions to Shaw’s sustainability efforts. As the sustainable sourcing manager, she partnered with fellow associates, aligning sustainability, legal and global sourcing interests to transform Shaw’s once stand-alone supplier code of conduct into a legally binding sourcing policy. She was also an instrumental part of the team that drove the company to become a signatory of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, in November 2017. Rosenberger is responsible for Shaw’s Supplier Diversity program via which the company has increased its spend with Small Businesses and diverse-owned business, such as woman-owned, minority-owned, veteran and service disabled-owned and LGBT-owned businesses.
Through her passion for affecting positive change for women in her workplace, Rosenberger participated in Shaw’s Women’s Innovation Network’s (WiN) True North program as a mentor. She is committed to instilling strength and confidence in fellow women in the workplace.
Lowrie joined Armstrong Flooring in 2013 as a lab scientist and quickly progressed to a leadership role with responsibility for a team of scientists, engineers, and technicians focused on innovative projects to develop new products and improve existing products.
Lowrie participates in efforts to engage students with science, technology, engineering and math, through activities including a Girl Scouts STEM Expo at Millersville University and Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day at Armstrong Flooring.
To honor this year’s recipients, a gala will take place on April 11 in Washington D.C. Recipients will be celebrated for their many achievements and contributions to the manufacturing sector. Created in 2012, the Manufacturing Institute’s STEP Ahead initiative has honored 802 women and continues to encourage women to mentor the next generation of female talent.