CCAT’s Advanced Manufacturing Center hosted a group of professionals on Jan. 24 from mechanical, metallurgical and manufacturing engineers to IT and manufacturing finance resources. The women, all candidates from Untapped Potential, a Benefit Corporation in Hartford, Conn., gathered to learn more about CCAT’s state-of-the-art technology at the AMC.
The group toured the facility after remarks from Candace Freedenberg, founder and president of Untapped Potential. Freedenberg discussed initiatives to recruit, prepare and motivate educated and experienced women who have stepped out the traditional workforce and are ready to re-enter the STEM and other fields. Untapped Potential curates mid-career internships in pioneering businesses thus offering work-place currency to qualified candidates.
The visitors, led by AMC Assistant Director Wayne Sumple, were also joined by state Rep. Liz Linehan (D-Cheshire, Southington, Wallingford) and candidate for CT State Senate Dr. Valerie Horsley. In addition, Marianne Sawicki, Head of Executive Recruiting of Cigna Corporation spoke to the group highlighting the company’s support for Untapped Potential’s model in working towards gender equity in senior roles.
Linehan is currently working with the Department of Labor to bring more manufacturers into the apprenticeship programs offered through the department – with an emphasis on women. Horsley currently works as an associate professor at Yale University where she runs a lab that researches the growth restoration, and maintenance of skin cells. Disappointed with the lack of support for scientists in general and women in particular, Horsley hopes to increase opportunities for women in the STEM fields as well as increase high-tech manufacturing and bioscience opportunities for Connecticut.
The meeting showed the group how manufacturing has changed over the years while highlighting the need and importance for women to re-join to workforce.
Companies can learn how they can benefit from Untapped Potential’s high quality talent at their 3rd Client/Candidate Speed Interview Event to be held on March 2nd. Learn more at www.upotential.org