The Women in Manufacturing® (WiM) Association’s 12th annual SUMMIT, October 10-12, 2022, in Atlanta, GA, will open on October 9 with the inaugural HERizon 5K Race in support of the Women in Manufacturing Education Foundation (WiMEF). This public event serves an important role in helping WiM fulfill its mission to provide ongoing programs and cultivate new initiatives to assist women in the manufacturing industry gain knowledge and become leaders within their companies and communities.

Since its inception in 2016, the WiMEF has impacted thousands of women with its programming, including 14,000 professionals who have participated in the foundation’s monthly Virtual Learning Series and more than 300 women who have graduated from formal leadership programs—the Management Development Program and the Leadership Institute for Women in STEM and Manufacturing.

In 2021, the WiMEF launched its newest program, Empowering Women in Production, to assist in the professional development of women in production and shop-floor roles. Since the inception of this program, 60 women have graduated and another 145 are currently enrolled.

“The WiMEF is excited to host our first-ever HERizon 5K,” said WiM and WiMEF Founder and President Allison Grealis. “Funds raised from the event will allow us to continue addressing talent and leadership gaps in the manufacturing industry. Our research-based, best-practice educational training and leadership-development programs prepare women to fill open manufacturing positions, and readies them to be manufacturing’s creative problem-solvers and innovators of today and tomorrow.”

The HERizon 5K will take place on Sunday, October 9, 2022, at 2 p.m., leading racers on an exhilarating route through midtown Atlanta, GA. The registration cost is $45 and includes a logoed T-shirt and celebration beverage at Stats Brewpub. Awards will be presented to the top 10 finishers as well as the top individual and team fundraisers.

For information on registration and sponsorship, please contact Jen Kopf at or visit the HERizon 5K event webpage.

About WIM

The Women in Manufacturing® Association (WiM) is a more than 14,000-member-strong association dedicated to supporting, promoting and inspiring women who have chosen a career in the manufacturing industry. The Women in Manufacturing Education Foundation (WiMEF) is the 501(c)(3) arm of WiM, which provides and supports effective and affordable educational opportunities for women in manufacturing. For more information, visit and

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