The Association of Women in the Metal Industries (AWMI) has named Sonya Malvick as Member of the Year 2016.

Malvick , a member of AWMI for 22 years, has held the position of Wisconsin Chapter membership chair, programs chair, vice president and chapter president. She currently serves as international vice-president after serving as international programmes chair for six years.

Malvick is employed as Wisconsin outside sales territory manager for Olympic Steel, which has been a strong supporter of the AWMI. “I am proud to work for such an incredible company that pushes their employees to give back by supporting charities like the Make A Wish and also those who are actively involved in business organisations that allow for continued leadership opportunities and educational growth.” she said.

She admitted to having a ‘deep love’ for AWMI and said that its four cornerstones (Grow, Educate, Mentor, Network) were important to her personally and professionally. “We should always be looking to mentor others, cheer on their successes, help coach them through their failures… push ourselves to take advantage of continued learning and enjoy the opportunity to network with our peers,” she said, adding that she loved planning and attending AWMI’s annual conferences.

“I am really passionate about AWMI and its members. This is a great group of women who support each other. It’s really an honour just to be nominated for this award. There are so many strong leaders in this organisation,” she said.

Malvick will receive her award at the AWMI’s Annual Conference at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel, Chicago, USA, on 9 November.

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