AKRON — The Manufacturing Institute has named female employees of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. and Goodyear as 2019 STEP Ahead honorees, in recognition of their demonstrated leadership skills and excellence in careers and communities.
The honorees — Kathleen Slocum, senior manager, corporate quality for Cooper and Ali Ogburn, engineer associate at Goodyear — are among 130 women nationally who earned the honor this year from a field of hundreds of nominees. They will be recognized at a ceremony in Washington D.C. on April 11.
The STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards program, now in its seventh year, recognizes women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of manufacturing, from the factory floor to senior executive leadership.
Ms. Slocum is a "hands-on leader who has made meaningful contributions to Cooper," Cooper President and CEO Brad Hughes said.
"She has dedicated her career to manufacturing and works directly with our plants to implement important quality initiatives. Her extensive technical experience, particularly in the field of tire uniformity, supports Cooper's commitment to high quality products."