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Nebraska/Western Iowa Event

September 21, 2017


Nominate a talented woman in your company TODAY!

Recognizing women in “STEP” Careers 

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production

The STEP Forward event is designed to recognize talented women in Manufacturing and Related “STEP” Careers (Science | Technology | Engineering | Production), creating networking and mentoring opportunities, and ultimately increase the number of females choosing STEP Careers!

STEP FORWARD Nebraska/Western Iowa is seeking Honoree Nominations of 60 women working in manufacturing and related business careers, demonstrating STEP career excellence, leadership, positive impact, and passion for the industry.
STEP FORWARD Honorees will be provided with a unique opportunity for building their professional networks and advancing their career success through networking and professional development activities.


SEPTEMBER 21, 2017
Metropolitan Community College (MCC)
Fort Omaha Campus, 30th and Sorenson Street


Center for Advanced & Emerging Technology
12:30 – 1:00 p.m.   Registration
1:00 – 5:30 p.m.     Sessions: Keynote, Q&A Panel, Brief Presentations, Peer interaction/Learning


Institute for the Culinary Arts Building
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.     Reception and Honors (for Honorees, company representatives, invited guests)

For more information on STEP FORWARD or additional sponsorship opportunities, contact Pam Perry 402.210.3568

Honorary Co-Chairs

Jane Miller

Chief Operating Officer - Gallup

Jane is a thought leader in performance management, leadership, and organizational identity. She is passionate about maximizing the potential of employees and celebrating the developing talent for the future. Jane has helped revolutionize the workplace through a unique and groundbreaking philosophy that emphasizes strengths as the lens through which organizations can select, manage, motivate, develop and ultimately engage employees.

Diane Duran

Executive Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer/Corporate Secretary – Union Pacific Railroad

Diane recently retired from Union Pacific Railroad, which she joined in 1985. She held a variety of leadership positions in the Finance and Marketing and Sales departments, including vice president
and general manager-agricultural projects. In 2012, Duren was one of the honorees of the Women’s Center for Advancement Tribute to Women. She was recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal as one of the “Women Worth Watching in 2011” and that same year was awarded the Creighton University College of Business Alumni Merit Award.

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