Women at Jabil drive success for our business, our customers and the world. To both recognize and further support women’s careers, we are committed to ensuring equal access to the resources needed to continue this success.

Since 2015, Jabil has nominated women for the Manufacturing Institute’s annual STEP Ahead Awards. These awards recognize women who are trailblazers in the science, technology, engineering and production (STEP) industries and who are inspirations in their communities. While each year Jabil’s award winners receive a two-day development opportunity with the Manufacturing Institute prior to the awards gala, we felt it was important all our nonawarded nominees received the same exposure to specialized learning opportunities.

This is why, in 2020, we launched an internal development program for our STEP Ahead Award nominees where the women come together virtually over the course of six months to gain access to growth opportunities and to build their internal network. This program also supports our enterprise diversity, equity and inclusion priority of diverse talent development, increasing representation that varies across age, gender identity, ethnicity and more.

A McKinsey study found that women more often exemplify the leadership characteristics that are necessary for future global challenges (2019), including: collaborative decision making, people development and effective communication.

Each cohort’s group of about 15 women from diverse functions spent time with various Jabil leaders, including our CEO Mark Mondello, sharing life lessons, learning about diverse professional experiences, and receiving personal career advice.

Jabil’s development program for women aims to further strengthen these skills, as well as showcase these women’s achievements to other leaders at Jabil and the larger organization. With five courses per cohort, the skills taught ranged from financial acumen, executive com-munications skills, change management and more.

These inspirational role models have challenged stereotypes throughout their careers and brought others along with them on their journey to success, as mentors and as volunteers in their communities.

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