STEP Forward Google Hangout

The National Association of Manufacturers and The Manufacturing Institute invite you to join us for a virtual Manufacturing Day event – a STEP Forward Google Hangout.

STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production) Forward is part of the Institute’s larger STEP Ahead initiative to empower women in manufacturing. The STEP Forward Google Hangout panel discussion will tell the stories of real women who represent the changing face of manufacturing. By demonstrating the opportunities available in manufacturing, we can inspire the next-generation of talent to pursue careers in the industry.

Attendees will hear from women leaders in manufacturing discuss challenges, opportunities, and best practices for women in manufacturing, with the opportunity to participate in Q&A. Use the hashtag #MFGwomen on Twitter to submit your questions and to follow the conversation!

When: October 5, 2017, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EDT
What: Virtual Networking Event



Aneesa Muthana

Aneesa Muthana was born in Chicago and is second-generation Yemeni American. She is a hands-on leader with extensive experience in almost every aspect of a production machining environment. Aneesa drew inspiration from her Mother, who had to overcome great adversity to succeed and become prosperous not only in a foreign country, but also in a traditionally male-dominated industry. In her early 20’s Aneesa took the opportunity to run a small, struggling company that manufactured precision ground motor shafts. Her passion and experience drove her to learn and implement the changes necessary to substantially grow the company over the next twenty years.

In 2013, after experiencing an ongoing consolidation of customers due to off-shoring, Aneesa began transforming her company from making a product primarily for one industry to making highly complex, custom Computer Numerically Controlled (referred to as CNC) machined parts for customers involved across several industries, including Automotive, Medical Device, Motion Control, Aerospace/Defense, and other others. In order to create this transformation, she and her team have made significant investments, including hiring top talent, offering extensive training, implementing a new Enterprise Resource Planning (or ERP) system, utilizing cutting-edge marketing and sales techniques, and streamlining production processes. Aneesa has utilized government-based grants to assist with several of these investments.

This past April, Aneesa was one of 100 women honored by The Manufacturing Institute’s STEP Awards for excellence in manufacturing. The STEP Award was created four years ago promote the role of women in manufacturing. She is also honored to participate on the Board of Directors for three associations, namely the Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA), Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) and Valley Industrial Association (VIA). Throughout the past 27 years, Aneesa’s leadership has created jobs, instilled a sense of pride in her employees and inspired women and youth to consider a career path in manufacturing.

Margaret Cosentino

Margaret Cosentino serves as Senior Vice President for Business Development for Arconic Defense. In this capacity, Ms. Cosentino leads all business development efforts for Arconic Defense, to include primary responsibility for land and sea segment initiatives. She is responsible for the development of strategy, execution of new business pursuits and the stewardship of existing relationships with defense prime contractors and the Department of Defense.

Ms. Cosentino was previously a Vice President at The Cohen Group, a strategic advisory firm that provides consulting services to multinational corporations and mid-market companies from a variety of industries, including defense, healthcare, financial services, information technology, and manufacturing. Ms. Cosentino worked with clients to build and execute business development strategies in the US, Middle East and Asia and specialized in US government budget trends and analysis; defense acquisition and investment; defense health research and support; and force development and force management.

Prior to joining The Cohen Group, Ms. Cosentino was Executive Director of The Leaders Project, a non-profit policy organization chaired by former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen focused on development of successor generation leadership around emerging security issues. Previously, Ms. Cosentino was with the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS). She coordinated a diverse set of program initiatives, including projects focused on U.S. foreign policy in the Asia Pacific region, counter-terrorism and transatlantic relations.

Ms. Cosentino received a B.S. in International Politics from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service (SFS) and an M.A. in International Economics and Strategic Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Ms. Cosentino serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Defense Industrial Association and the Board of Directors of the Georgetown University Hoya Hoop Club.

Millie Marshall

Millie Marshall is president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, Inc. (TMMI) in Princeton, In. She is responsible for all production and administrative functions at the manufacturing facility that produces the Toyota Highlander, Highlander Hybrid, Sienna, and Sequoia.

She was previously president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, Inc. (TMMWV) located in Buffalo, W.Va. TMMWV produces 4-cylinder and V6 engines as well as 6-speed transmissions.

Marshall has also served as senior vice president of manufacturing at TMMWV and vice president of human resources at Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America (TEMA) located in Erlanger, Ky. TEMA supports Toyota's engineering and manufacturing operations in North America.

Marshall joined Toyota in 1991 at the company’s vehicle and engine assembly plant in Georgetown, Ky. as a specialist in the information systems division. She held positions of increasing responsibility in the information systems division until being promoted in 2003 to general manager of administration at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama, Inc. (TMMAL) in Huntsville, Al. There she oversaw human resources, corporate affairs and accounting, and finance.

Marshall also served as vice president of TEMA’s information systems division leading the organization’s technology development and strategic planning for its manufacturing and design operations.

In 2015, Marshall was named as one of Automotive News’ 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry at ceremonies in Detroit. The honorees were also featured in a special section of the magazine in November 2015. During her tenure at West Virginia, she served on the State Chamber of Commerce and held board memberships with several STEM education and workforce development groups. She intends to continue that work in Indiana.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in organizational management from Midway College in Midway, Ky., and an associate degree in applied science from Lexington Community College. Marshall has also earned a Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certification.