For years, the manufacturing industry was predominantly owned and operated by men—but times are changing, and in recent years, we have seen a rise in the number of women joining the industry. According to a study done by Deloitte, over half of women in the industry have noted some sort of change in the attitude of their peers toward female professionals.
One of Brennan's strong female figures, Diane Swencki (National Aerospace/Mfg. Product Manager), says that, "being a woman in the industry doesn't feel like a disadvantage. I know that I know just as much as my male colleagues, and when I can walk into a room and show that, I can gain their respect and I can sell my product." Diane is just one of the many women who work at Brennan and who contribute to the company's success.
In 2018, the Aerospace and Defense market was new to Brennan, so finding someone experienced and knowledgable about the industry was crucial for Brennan to succeed and grow. Diane joined Brennan in the spring of 2018 bringing over 25 years of experience in the aviation/aerospace industry. She is responsible for business development of our aerospace products along with direct sales for our manufacturing facility. Since joining the team, she has played a critical role in growing our Aerospace and Defense business.
Brennan, of course, isn't the only company with women working various jobs. In fact, in 2017 The United States Census Bureau stated that 1/3 of the manufacturing industry's workforce is made up of women. Women are considered to be one of the largest "untapped pools" of talent and are highly qualified with bachelors and masters degrees (Deloitte). It's important to encourage young females to consider pursuing a STEM career and help them to realize that it is a viable option.
To learn more about how the industry is diversifying, check out these resources: