Kathleen Slocum, Senior Manager, Corporate Quality at Cooper Tire has been recognized by the Manufacturing Institute with a Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award for 2019. Slocum is among 130 women nationally who earned the honor this year from a field of hundreds of nominees.
“Kathleen is a hands-on leader who has made meaningful contributions to Cooper. 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,” said Brad Hughes, Cooper’s President & Chief Executive Officer. “On behalf of everyone at Cooper, I congratulate Kathleen and wish her continued success.”
The STEP 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. On April 11, winners of the STEP Ahead Award will be recognized at a reception in Washington, D.C., where honorees’ stories will be highlighted, including their leadership and accomplishments in manufacturing as well as their roles in the community. Slocum, one of seven Cooper employees to receive this honor over the past four years, will attend this event along with members of Cooper’s senior executive leadership team.