Mosier has 20 years of automotive experience, including her current position as Sport Utility Vehicle and Light Truck Tire Development Manager, where she is involved in new product development at Cooper's North America Technical Center. Most recently, she led a group of engineers in the development of three new award-winning products for Cooper Tire in North America, including the Discoverer SRX, Discoverer A/TW, and the Discoverer STT Pro. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Mosier is currently an active volunteer for the Hancock Soccer Association and the Jefferson Primary School in Findlay. She was previously an advisor and mentor for Junior Achievement in Findlay, where she worked with middle school students to develop planning, assembly, inventory control, and basic accounting skills. She holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in manufacturing management from Kettering University, Flint, Mich.Williams, honored as a STEP Ahead Award Emerging Leader, a category for women in manufacturing who are under the age of 30, is a Black Belt in the Lean Six Sigma program at Cooper's Tupelo tire manufacturing facility. She joined the company in 2013 and uses her Six Sigma and project management skills to help drive efficiency in manufacturing and waste reduction at the plant. She is the leader for the Tupelo facility's process capability improvement efforts, in addition to being responsible for facilitating Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training. Recently, she led a cross-functional team that was responsible for a complex, multi-phased effort that streamlined a significant manufacturing process at the plant. Nichole is a member of Cooper's "Dream Team," a group of early-career employees across the nation who serve as ambassadors in local middle schools to promote manufacturing as an excellent career choice. She is also a member of the "Cooper Troopers," the Tupelo plant's community service group. Williams holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Mississippi, Oxford, Miss.
The STEP Ahead Awards are part of the larger STEP Ahead initiative, launched to examine and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research, and leadership for attracting, advancing, and retaining strong female talent.A recent survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute found that 80 percent of American manufacturing companies have a moderate to severe shortage of available, qualified workers, and less than a third of the manufacturing workforce are women. Closing the skills gap includes closing the gender gap. About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) is the parent company of a global family of companies that specialize in the design, manufacture, marketing and sale of passenger car and light truck tires. Cooper and its subsidiaries also sell medium truck, motorcycle and racing tires. Cooper's headquarters is in Findlay, Ohio, with manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design operations within its family of companies located in more than one dozen countries around the world. For more information on Cooper, visit www.coopertire.com, www.facebook.com/coopertire or www.twitter.com/coopertire. About The Manufacturing Institute The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. As a nonpartisan organization, the Institute is committed to delivering leading-edge information and services to the nation's manufacturers. The Institute is the authority on the attraction, qualification and development of world-class manufacturing talent. For more information, please visit www.themanufacturinginstitute.org.