Jennifer McNelly

Jennifer McNelly

Jennifer McNelly serves as the President of 180 Skills, LLC, an on-line Talent Solution supporting our nation’s manufacturers. 180 Skills offers the only industry-defined, competency-based, high-quality, low-cost solution to advance the manufacturing workforce.

At 180 Skills, we make and deliver technical education that helps people get great careers in the shortest amount of time at the lowest possible expense.

With a library of over 700 courses and 1,200 hours of education, 180 Skills enables career seekers to gain the skills they need to attain meaningful employment in the least amount of time.

With a 9-year track record of partnering with employers and educators, 180 Skills has launched over 13,000 manufacturing careers. 180 Skills offers an in-the-box solution for employers, educators, and the public workforce system.

Prior to joining 180 Skills, Jennifer was the President and Executive Director of The Manufacturing Institute, the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. Jennifer advanced a national agenda to close the manufacturing skills gap and make manufacturers in America globally competitive. As President, Jennifer launched the national STEP Ahead initiative recognizing women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Production fields and over the past five years, the STEP Ahead initiative has impacted over 300,000 women and girls, inspiring them to consider manufacturing careers.

Jennifer has extensive experience in workforce development, employer engagement, and business. Jennifer was a member of the Senior Executive Service for the U.S. Department of Labor. Her strong private-sector experience includes serving as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, LLC.

Jennifer is a national workforce thought leader, supporting the skills gap research in manufacturing and is a committee member in the National Academy of Sciences study Building America’s Technical Workforce.

In 2012 Jennifer was recognized as one of the 100 inaugural Women in STEM and is the immediate past chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Advanced Manufacturing and a former member of the PMA Education Foundation Board of Directors.

Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Maryland and lives in Indianapolis, IN.

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