Dow employees honored at 2016 Women in Manufactuing Step Ahead Awards

MIDLAND, Mich. - April 29, 2016 - The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) is proud to announce four leaders were recently recognized at the 2016 Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead Awards, presented by The Manufacturing Institute. The STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Awards celebrate women who have demonstrated significant leadership and excellence in these fields of manufacturing.

Continuing the longstanding history of Dow leaders recognized with STEP Awards, the following employees were recognized at the fourth annual STEP Ahead Awards dinner in Washington, D.C. for their contributions in manufacturing.

STEP Ahead Honorees:

  • Denise DeLaune, Responsible Care director, Operations EH&S in Deer Park, Texas
  • Vicky Biedenstein, business manufacturing technology leader, Dow Water & Process Solutions

STEP Ahead Emerging Leaders:

  • Nishi Shah, run plant engineer, Poly 5 & 6 in Freeport, Texas
  • Megan Sias, Operations leader, Methocel in Plaquemine, Louisiana

“These leaders exemplify the operations excellence we strive for at Dow,” said Peter Holicki, Dow senior vice president of Operations. “As deserving recipients of the STEP Award they serve as role models both within Dow and our communities and inspire others in their quest for higher levels of excellence.”

Showcasing the stories of women leaders is paramount to attracting more female talent. In that spirit, The Manufacturing Institute’s STEP Ahead Awards recognize women and their achievements at all levels of manufacturing, from the factory floor to the corporate office. This national honor identifies and celebrates the best-of-the-best women in the manufacturing industry and furthers the mentorship and support of the next generation of female talent to pursue manufacturing careers.

“These 130 women are the faces of exciting careers in manufacturing,” said Jennifer McNelly, executive director, The Manufacturing Institute. “We chose to honor these women because the each made significant achievements in manufacturing through positive impact on their company and the industry as a whole.“

The STEP Ahead Awards are part of the larger STEP Ahead initiative, launched to examine and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research, and leadership for attracting, advancing, and retaining strong female talent.

A recent survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute found that 80 percent of American manufacturing companies have a moderate to severe shortage of available, qualified workers.

Nominated by peers, company officials or professional firms, STEP Ahead honorees are selected based on their achievements in manufacturing and contributions to their company. The annual distinction recognizes 100 Honorees and 30 Emerging Leaders for their outstanding work as manufacturers, employees, and leaders in their communities.

Started in 2012, the STEP Ahead Award is a national distinction, celebrating chosen Honorees and Emerging Leaders, building their leadership skills and strengthening their networks. Launched in 2015, STEP Ahead launched the “emerging leaders” awards–honoring women in the industry who are currently employed in the manufacturing industry that have already made significant contributions and excelled early in their career.

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from material, polymer, chemical and biological science to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2015, Dow had annual sales of nearly $49 billion and employed approximately 49,500 people worldwide. The Company's more than 6,000 product families are manufactured at 179 sites in 35 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at

About The Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. As a non-partisan organization, the Institute is committed to delivering leading-edge information and services to the nation’s manufacturers. The Institute is the authority on the attraction, qualification and development of world-class manufacturing talent. For more information, please visit