"Watching my sister take our grandfather's company from almost shutting the doors to up and running again with a great team who believes in culture and core values definitely played a role in how I appreciate the women of manufacturing."
This Matrix4 #NewRosie is no stranger to manufacturing. In fact, she grew up in it. Holly has a ton of women she can look up to including her own mother and sister. When her grandfather grew ill, her sister Patricia Miller was willing to stand up to the plate. Together, with her sister and the Matrix4 team, Holly is redefining what is means to be a powerhouse manufacturer- regardless of gender!
What attracted you to a career in manufacturing?
I grew up in the life of manufacturing with a single mom who supported me and my two sisters as a woman in manufacturing. My grandfather started and grew his own manufacturing company from the ground up into a very successful business. Me and my sisters each started on the production floor as teenagers with summer jobs as operators.
What has made you a successful leader in manufacturing?
I think watching my mom be as successful definitely encouraged me to become more than just an operator in manufacturing. I grew into a production manager assistant soaking up as much as I could from my mom. My sister, Patricia Miller, took over my grandparents company when he grew ill. As a woman business owner, she has helped me grow into Manager of Operations with her continuous guidance on how to build confidence and experience in the industry.
What stereotypes about manufacturing, or women in manufacturing, have you come across?
When I was little it was very clear to me that my mom did not have a job like most of the other moms I knew. She would come home often dirty from working on machines on a factory floor of all men. As I grew older I learned to appreciate how she did not let her gender effect what she loved to do. Watching my sister take our grandfathers company from almost shutting the doors to up and running again with a great team who believes in culture and core values definitely played a role in how I appreciate the women of manufacturing.
What else can we do as an industry to drive more women into manufacturing?
I believe women have the power to encourage one another and lead by example of any woman can be a part of this industry. I also believe that the industry staying committed to their communities helps spread information about what the industry offers.
What would the REAL Rosie say about women in manufacturing today?
In my opinion the real Rosie would have to say that the women in manufacturing today have taken a huge leap in success. Women are building manufacturing up the same as men and are very much respected in the industry. I think the real rosie would be proud!
What advice would you give women, or anyone interested in entering this industry?
GO FOR IT! Have the confidence to get out there and give it a shot. To create for the world is a great sense of accomplishment.
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