This week on The WAM Podcast, host, Linda Rigano gets to chat with an amazing trailblazer, Allison Grealis.
Allison is on a mission to create worldwide awareness for women in all areas of manufacturing. Allison’s background is fully rooted in service and manufacturing. Growing up in Akron, Ohio, Allison’s father had a successful career at Goodyear Rubber and Tire, while her mother, a stay-at-home mom, was always active as a community volunteer. Early on, Allison’s legal career path changed course after being recruited by an association.
Allison’s mother, a feminist and fearless woman, gave Allison her favorite advice: “Always approach life with the view of, ‘Why not you?’— especially when it came to taking risks.”
Allison was raised to embrace failures as long as you learn from your mistakes. Growing up around manufacturing, she saw how challenging it was for women to get into the right roles and advance. She wanted to be part of the solution and took a chance by founding Women in Manufacturing (WiM), the only national trade association dedicated to providing support for women within the industry.
Under Allison’s leadership, WiM has grown to 3,000 members representing over 1,000 manufacturing companies across the country. The group offers an amazing array of educational opportunities for members.
In this episode, we meet Allison and hear her personal journey, as well as how WiM addresses critical needs for women in a male-dominated industry. We also hear her view on women in leadership; and why training and education, strong peer communities, and encouraging failure are key to building motivated, confident female leaders today.
Allison also shares the exciting work that WiM is doing to build a community of female professionals who are supported, celebrated, and inspired to move to the next level in their careers.