AFL executive to lead Women in Manufacturing Education Foundation Board

March 28, 2024

AFL announced that Mary Ellen Grom, Executive Director of Customer Experience Solutions, has been appointed as the chair of the Women in Manufacturing Education Foundation (WiMEF) national Board of Directors. WiMEF is dedicated to developing and supporting powerful programs and resources that advance women in the manufacturing workforce.

“What a dynamic board of first term and returning members. Now is the time for us to continue creating impactful change through education and learning programs that advance the development of women in manufacturing,” Grom stated. “I am privileged to have the support of a diverse, creative tribe of women in industry at AFL. The sky is the limit on opportunities ahead for all of us.”

With more than 25 years of experience in the IT channel marketing industry, Grom joined AFL in 2017, to lead the company’s marketing communications efforts. In 2021, she added customer service, inside sales, and order entry teams to her commercial portfolio. Grom has also been instrumental in the creation and development of AFL’s employee resource group, Women Everywhere Connect (WeCONNECT), which celebrates and empowers women pursuing careers in manufacturing. Before joining AFL, she served as Vice President of U.S. Marketing at TD SYNNEX and was on the board of directors for CompTIA.

Gretchen Moore, Executive Director of WiMEF, welcomed the new board and remarked, “We rely on our board to provide leadership and expertise during an exciting season of growth and innovation within both WiMEF and the manufacturing sector.”


About WiM Education Foundation

The WiM Education Foundation (WiMEF) is the 501(c)(3) arm of Women in Manufacturing® Association, a more than 6,000-member-strong national association dedicated to supporting, promoting and inspiring women who have chosen a career in manufacturing. WiMEF provides and supports effective and affordable educational opportunities for women in manufacturing. For more information, visit and


About AFL

Founded in 1984, AFL is an international manufacturer providing end-to-end solutions to the energy, service provider, enterprise, hyperscale and industrial markets. The company’s products are in use in over 130 countries and include fiber optic cable and hardware, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectivity, test and inspection equipment, fusion splicers and training. AFL also offers a wide variety of services supporting data center, enterprise, wireless and outside plant applications.

Headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit