Callie Sher Named to 2023 Crain’s Chicago Business Notable Women in STEM
by Chelsea Sher
Callie Sher, Lead Quality Engineer, was named 2023 Crain’s Chicago Business Notable Women in STEM. Recognized as an expert in her field, Sher not only maintains and grows a robust food/feed safety and quality culture in her role with Nutripack, but also works on formulating clean, green, limited ingredient and organic pet foods with selectively sourced ingredients and packaged in infinitely recyclable packaging for OrgaNOMics.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the quartet of hard sciences that has historically employed a dearth of women — at last count, 28%, according to data from the American Association of University Women. The 100 STEM professionals profiled here are most assuredly changing that. They mentor at their companies and volunteer at Chicago-area nonprofits dedicated to introducing girls — particularly girls of color — to STEM careers. Even more critically, their careers as physicians, biologists, neuroscientists, physicists, architects, engineers, computer scientists, technologists, STEM educators and leaders of STEM nonprofits prove to young women that there is plenty of room for them in the wide-ranging, creative and lucrative world that is STEM.
A graduate of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the prestigious Syracuse University, Callie Sher leads the planning, development and maintenance of food safety and quality systems for the pet food business with varying degrees of complexity and system maturity. She is responsible for assuring that the facility is compliant with internal policies and external regulations systems. In 2022, Sher received a grant from the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center for Daily Management and has, in turn, applied Kaizen, Gemba Walks and lean manufacturing concepts to her team, increasing production speed by 15% and the output/revenue by 20%. Sher is an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers as well as the Jewish United Fund, Special Olympics and Project Books.
“It’s an honor to be in the same company of this incredible group of amazing women in the field of STEM,” states Callie Sher
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