Women in Steel Roundtable

Jun 30, 2021 / Events

The Association for Iron & Steel Technology’s (AIST) mission is to advance the technical development, production, processing and application of iron and steel. While most of AIST’s work is focused on this mission, promoting a diversified industry workforce is vital to retain and grow its membership. Since 2018, AIST has been assessing barriers to entry for women in steel, and has held a Women in Steel Roundtable at AISTech to learn more about the perceptions, opinions, beliefs and attitudes of women employed in the steel industry.

HWI’s integrated steel application specialist, Mary Lucarino, had the opportunity to participate in this week’s event. The group broke out into seven groups and discussed how to be a mentor and show support to women in industry during different stages of a woman’s career:

  • First year in the industry
  • Five+ years in
  • Working toward promotions
  • How to show support to women in the workplace
  • How to encourage the next generation

The brainstorming amongst the groups led to numerous ideas for the association to consider. In addition, these discussions gave concrete examples for men and women to utilize and take back to their own places of work to continue to promote a diversified industry.

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With more than 150 years of industry leadership, HarbisonWalker International (HWI) is the largest supplier of refractory products and services in the United States. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the company’s international network spans North America, Europe, and Asia, with 19 manufacturing plants, 30 global sourcing centers, and technology facilities in both the United States and China. Serving virtually every major industry that requires refractory solutions to enhance production and protect assets, HWI is consistently recognized for its talented experts, industry firsts, and intensely driven excellence.



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