FEATURE STORY: Manufacturing: Breaking the gender stereotype

Friday, November 11, 2016

In a day and age where women have an increasing presence in the workforce, one woman has been working to engage and empower young women in the manufacturing sector in South Dakota.

“When I first started out in manufacturing, I quickly realized that I had nobody to talk to—there weren’t any women leaders I could brainstorm with or bounce ideas off of,” Anja White recalled. “It struck me one day that that could be a detriment to my professional development.”

White, who was born and raised in Germany, is the general manager of Sparton Corporation in Watertown, South Dakota. Although she loves working in manufacturing, White says she never dreamed she would make a living in this industry.

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Category: Manufacturing