Who We Are: WOTM is a not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to serving manufacturing in Northern Illinois/Southern Wisconsin; our message, however, is universal. Women of Today’s Manufacturing offers a unique approach to networking and professional development with a strong focus on strengthening our scholarship program. Through interactive dinner meetings, manufacturing plant tours, and fundraising events, we are able to educate our members and serve our community.
Our Story: Initiated by three women with a passion for manufacturing, WOTM is proudly celebrating more than 10 years of education, advocacy and innovation. Founding members, Teresa Beach-Shelow, Melba Bradbury, and Judy Pike, created Women of Today’s Manufacturing with a mission: to empower local women working in manufacturing, and build a scholarship fund for students choosing to pursue a career in the manufacturing industry. Throughout the years, WOTM has continued to grow and thrive, becoming one of the areas most succesful networking groups. The organization has proudly donated thousands of dollars to community high school and college students, and it’s membership enrollment increases annually. Community members find value in the unique networking opportunities the organization offers, and value the friendships they have established.
2015 Scholarship Recipients: Women of Today’s Manufacturing will award scholarships to high school seniors who are graduating in May 2015. Scholarships are awarded through the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois to students who plan to pursue a college or technical education in manufacturing or engineering related fields.
Congratulations to the following local students: Jeremy Kaszycki – Boylan Catholic High School, Sonja Han – Rockford Lutheran, Ryan Moriarty – RVC, and Justin Gates – home schooled