CARY, NC – LORD Corp., Cary, NC, announced Hannah Kirby, Senior Quality Engineer in aerospace production, was presented the Rising Star Award from the Pennsylvania Commission for Women at the inaugural Hannah Penn Leadership Awards program. The award recognizes an emerging female leader who embodies the spirit of the Hannah Penn Leadership Awards.

Kirby joined LORD in 2010 and is responsible for providing technical expertise in the area of manufacturing and production processes. She develops, implements and maintains prevention-oriented quality and inspection systems for aerospace products. She also identifies and leads ongoing improvement efforts through team-based activities, individual improvement initiatives and application of current and emerging quality principles and tools.

The Hannah Penn Leadership Awards recognize Pennsylvania women who have been outstanding mentors and role models through their leadership, service and commitment to empowering women and girls. Awards are presented in three categories: Business Leadership, Civic and Volunteer Leadership, and Rising Star.

Kirby and the other award recipients were honored at the Governor’s residence on Wednesday, March 19, as part of Women’s History Month. Governor Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett presented the awards, along with the Pennsylvania Commission for Women.