Danielle Applestone

Daughters of Rosie

CEO & Founder

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Daughters of Rosie: solving the manufacturing labor crisis with women

Talk Abstract:
Daughters of Rosie works with manufacturers that want to hire women. Currently we are focused on the US manufacturing labor crisis and filling 600,000+ open positions. If we do nothing, the number of unfilled jobs will grow to 2 million by 2025, primarily due to the retirement of the baby boomer generation. We support the manufacturers and the women by establishing women-only training programs on-site or at local technical colleges and retention plans for the manufacturers who hire them. The manufacturers gain access to an untapped resource, easing the demands of hiring and supercharging their ability to scale. Women in the program get the support and community they need to enter into the fields of advanced manufacturing, electronics, and IT, where they are currently underrepresented. In essence, we are taking the current skilled-labor crisis head-on and using a play from WWII by focusing on the training and placement of women.

Danielle Applestone is CEO and founder of Daughters of Rosie, a company that works with manufacturers who want to hire women. Prior to that, she was co-founder and CEO of Other Machine Co. (now Bantam Tools) a Berkeley-based manufacturer of desktop CNC machines. Danielle received her B.S. in chemical engineering from MIT in 2002 and a PhD in materials science and engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012. During graduate school she patented energy storage materials that have been licensed to a multinational materials company. She is a member of the 2016 Class of Henry Crown Fellows.