KIm Ryan, President of Batesville.For the second time in as many years, Hillenbrand leaders were honored with Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production) Awards. The Manufacturing Institute recognized Kim Ryan, President of Batesville (a subsidiary of Hillenbrand, Inc.) and Darci Powers, Director of Lean Development, during a ceremony in Washington D.C.The STEP Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers throughout all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory floor to the C-suite. The awards are part of a larger STEP Ahead Initiative implemented by the Manufacturing Institute to examine and promote the role of women in manufacturing through recognition, research, and best practices for attracting, advancing, and maintaining strong female talent.“I am humbled to be recognized as a leader in manufacturing with the STEP award,” said Ryan. “I hope this program’s intentional focus placed on women encourages future generations of young women to pursue careers in manufacturing.”This year, The Institute recognized 160 women from manufacturing organizations of all types and sizes. Honorees were nominated by their peers, company officials, or professional service firms based on specific contributions made, considering outcomes, such as increased revenues, reduced costs, greater productivity, and improved customer satisfaction.Ryan is an accomplished leader with more than 23 years of experience and expertise in manufacturing organizations. Named president of Batesville in 2011, Ryan sets an example for others by remaining focused on initiatives that create simplicity, alignment, and agility across the enterprise.“It’s an honor to be in the company of such an impressive group of women who are making a difference in their organizations,” said Ryan.Kim started her professional life with Batesville after graduating from Iowa State University and has spent more than two decades contributing to the success of the Batesville, Hillenbrand, and Hill-Rom organizations. She served as a senior executive in each company, leading a variety of functional areas, including finance, strategy, operations, information technology, and division management. Kim is equally active outside of work and in her local community. She serves on the board of Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ: KBALB) and as vice chair of the CREATE Foundation. She has also served on the boards of Margaret Mary Community Hospital, the Southeastern Indiana YMCA, and the Public Works Water Board.Darci Powers, Director of Lean Development at Hillenbrand.A nearly 15-year manufacturing veteran, Darci Powers has an outstanding background in Lean that she readily shares with others. She has maintained a 99 percent plus product fill rate while balancing Batesville’s investment in inventory and distribution costs. She recently moved into a new role as director of Lean Development for Hillenbrand, Inc.“Manufacturing is the ‘heartbeat’ of our company as we strive to deliver quality units to the customer – on time and at the lowest possible cost,” said Powers. “It is an honor to be recognized for my passion for Lean manufacturing. Through the awareness created by this award, I hope more women pursue a career in this industry. ”A recent survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute found that nearly 70 percent of American manufacturing companies have a moderate to severe shortage of available, qualified workers. Manufacturing faces a serious skills gap, part of which can be attributed to an underrepresentation of women in the industry. While women make up approximately 50 percent of the overall labor force, that number is only about 25 percent in manufacturing.
Published on January 26, 2020 at 8:06 pm Contact Thomas: email@example.com | @ThomasShults5 Facebook Twitter Google+ It all started in warmups when senior captain Miranda Ramirez yelled out instructions to her young teammates, of whom three of six are freshmen.After Syracuse lost the doubles point, Ramirez, the No. 80 singles player in the nation, huddled everyone up and urged SU to “take the singles, we can’t let them have any more breaks.” They listened, and Ramirez’s 6-1, 7-5 singles win clinched a team victory and SU’s fourth singles match win. Ramirez added a doubles victory to improve to 6-0 on the season in Syracuse’s (3-0) 5-2 win over Cornell (0-4).“We know that we have the confidence to beat this team,” Ramirez said postgame.SU lost the doubles point when partners Polina Kozyreva and Zeynep Erman, as well as ITA’s No. 48 Kim Hansen and Sonya Treshcheva both lost. Then, led by Ramirez, SU huddled and regrouped to win five of the first six singles sets.Even though Ramirez encouraged her teammates to play assuredly, her own confidence waned in her singles match against Ashley Huang. After cruising through the first set 6-1, Ramirez stumbled in the second. All looked to be going as planned for Ramirez, up 3-1 in the second set before coughing up three straight games, and falling behind 4-3.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHead coach Younes Limam said there’s “ups and downs” in tennis, and after taking a sip of Gatorade and consulting with assistant coach Jennifer Meredith, Ramirez turned to her trusty serve for back-to-back aces to swing momentum.“Mentally I had to stay strong and just sort of know that like I was better,” Ramirez said. “It was a little closer than I think it needed to be but it’s alright as long as I get the W in the end.”Ramirez’s aces led to her taking four the next five games, breaking Huang’s serve once. At one point, Huang led out a frustrated sigh, banging the green tarp by the wall with her racket after losing the set lead. After regaining the lead, Ramirez’s straight-faced demeanor also returned.Hansen and Guzal Yusupova played similarly in control, losing a combined four games total. Freshman Kozyreva, playing in place of an injured No. 111 Sofya Golubovskaya, won 6-1, 7-6 for SU’s fifth singles win.After its third straight win, Syracuse circled to stretch, with the veteran Ramirez leading the routine. Leadership comes naturally, said Ramirez. And even when she was struggling, Limam said he wasn’t too concerned with Ramirez’s match, evidence of the trust they’ve developed over the past four years.“They all owned their court, and I’m super proud of them,” said Ramirez. “So it’s a great team win today.” Comments
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SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News COMMENT Last Updated: 25th December, 2019 12:49 IST Whitworth Already Looking Ahead To 15th NFL Season Andrew Whitworth wants to keep playing football. The left tackle for the Los Angeles Rams doesn’t see any reason why he should stop 8 months ago King Felipe’s Christmas message to Spain LIVE TV FOLLOW US First Published: 25th December, 2019 12:49 IST 8 months ago Aus authorities: NSW fires could fester for months Andrew Whitworth wants to keep playing football. The left tackle for the Los Angeles Rams doesn’t see any reason why he should stop. The 38-year-old Whitworth said Tuesday he wants to come back for a 15th NFL season, but he understands Sunday’s game against Arizona could be his last one with the Rams.“Obviously people talk about age, but I would say, you know, for me as a player I feel better and have played better this year than I played the year I became a free agent and came here,” Whitworth said. “So it is what it is, so we’ll see how it works out.”Whitworth is in the final season of a three-year contract with Los Angeles. He has played all but 10 of the Rams’ 1,028 offensive snaps, providing stability to an offensive line that has been limited by injuries and inexperience.The starting five against the Cardinals will look almost nothing like the group that opened the season, let alone the line that took the Rams to the Super Bowl.The constant turnover is one reason why the Rams (8-7) missed the playoffs for the first time in three seasons under coach Sean McVay.“For me, it’s a season that didn’t work out how we wanted but still a lot to be proud of,” Whitworth said. “Really just going through a season like this where you lose as many guys up as we did upfront and play with as many young guys as we did, I’m just proud to go through it and play it and feel like I played well.”Penalties have ticked up for Whitworth. He has been flagged 12 times, including eight holding calls, but he believes his game has held up in spite of the notion that time has caught up with him.Whitworth was amused by a recent article looking ahead to the impending free agency of Arizona offensive tackle D.J. Humphries, comparing the 25-year-old to other young linemen such as Green Bay’s David Bakhtiari and Houston’s Laremy Tunsil.Whitworth wondered how he can be “right there in the same category with all of them, actually less than ‘em in most everything, but it’s like the narrative is you’re old and you’ve hit a wall and those guys are like up-and-coming superstars. And it’s like, ‘Well, wait a minute. Statistically, we’re the exact same, so how does that work,’ you know what I mean?“Quarterback Jared Goff also thinks Whitworth is still playing at a high level. What has allowed Whitworth to maintain that form is the relentlessness with which he approaches the physical preparation leading up to a game, the trait that has impressed Goff most in their time playing together.“The way he practices every day, and you just see the way that he works, and you realize guys like him and guys around the league and guys that have played for that long, they are not there by accident,” Goff said. “They’re not in their 14th year playing at a high level because they’re physically gifted. It’s because of the work ethic and you see the way he works every day, the way he runs from drill to drill and treats each rep in practice like it’s his last. And it’s something that I’ll definitely hold with me for as long as I play.”While he wishes Los Angeles was preparing for a game with postseason implications, Whitworth is looking forward to showing what he is still capable of against Arizona.“To me, in these moments and these games is when you send a message of what kind of football player you really are,” Whitworth said. “The way you compete, the way you execute. Even when it doesn’t mean as much and it can’t bring you something, it’s still a great representation of who you are as a football player.” Written By WATCH US LIVE 8 months ago JMM’s Hemant Soren to meet ally Sonia Gandhi, extend invitation for swearing-in ceremony WE RECOMMEND 8 months ago Not easy to swim against the tide in Bollywood: Emraan Hashmi