By the Numbers and Closing the Gaps: Skills, Compensation, and the Corporate Ladder

Host Jennifer McNelly, President at 180 Skills LLC, interviews Carolyn Lee Executive Director of The Manufacturing Institute, the industry’s premier authority for objective research, education and workforce solutions, and Seema Pajula, Vice Chairman, U.S. Consumer & Industrial Products Managing Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP as they discuss Women And Manufacturing from their career perspectives and expert knowledge from within well-respected firms in research and consulting. Women represent a solid solution for the ‘skills gap’ and their abilities will drive the closure of the compensation gap. This interview is something many professional women can really relate.

 

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Our Guests

Carolyn Lee

Carolyn Lee


Seema Pajula

Seema Pajula

Guest Bios

Seema Pajula, Vice Chairman and US Leader I Consumer and Industrial Products Division Deloitte Touche
Seema serves as the US Consumer & Industrial Products managing partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP. She oversees the Deloitte US firm’s work for a range of industries, including manufacturing, automotive, aerospace and defense, retail, consumer products, and travel and hospitality. Seema has nearly 20 years of experience delivering rich client experiences and has developed deep industry capabilities and relationships in the marketplace.


Carolyn Lee is Executive Director of The Manufacturing Institute, the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the nation’s largest industrial trade association. Carolyn drives an agenda focused on improving the manufacturing industry through its three centers: the Center for the American Workforce, the Center for Manufacturing Research, and the Center for Best Practices.

In her role, Carolyn leads the Institute’s workforce efforts to close the skills gap and inspire all Americans to enter the U.S. manufacturing workforce, focusing on women, youth, and veterans. Carolyn steers the Institute’s initiatives and programs to educate the public on manufacturing careers, improve the quality of manufacturing education, engage, develop and retain key members of the workforce, and identify and document best practices. In addition, Carolyn drives the agenda for the Center for Manufacturing Research, which partners with leading consulting firms in the country. The Institute studies the critical issues facing manufacturing and then applies that research to develop and identify solutions that are implemented by companies, schools, governments, and organizations across the country. 

Prior to joining the Institute, Carolyn was Senior Director of Tax Policy at the NAM beginning in 2011, where she was responsible for key portions of the NAM’s tax portfolio representing the manufacturing community on Capitol Hill and in the business community and working closely with the NAM membership. She served as the Director of Legislative and Government Affairs at the Telecommunications Industry Association, Manager of State and Federal Government Affairs for 3M Company, and in various positions on Capitol Hill including as Legislative Director for former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and as a senior legislative staff member for former U.S. Rep. Sue Kelly (R-NY).