“There is always something in manufacturing. Enjoy the ride but don’t be afraid to fail. Failure is part of it. Learn, grow, and defy the next chapter of Manufacturing."
What attracted you to a career in manufacturing?
I was exposed to the manufacturing as a little girl as a result from family members that worked in the plastics industry, but I never imagined I’d work in this space or get into manufacturing! Not long after graduating from the University of Iowa, I was introduced to Patricia Miller, my teammate and our Matrix 4 Visionary, through a friend that also works in the Plastics Industry. Both Fellow Hawkeyes with marketing backgrounds and with family members that have worked in the plastics industry for years. My father is a tooling engineer at Berry Plastics, but actually used to work for Matrix 4 years ago! Every day I am challenged to learn, create, innovate and grow.
What has made you a successful leader in manufacturing?
I have had so many great mentors that work in this industry and in life, Patricia being one of them. They challenge me to grow on both a personal and professional level daily. Working with her is just a bonus.
What stereotypes about manufacturing, or women in manufacturing, have you come across?
Manufacturing operates using a business model. Collaborate with visionaries and challengers striving to defy the outmoded business models that may still exist in manufacturing today and design a maker’s space that brings the right team to the table that listen and provide value.
What else can we do as an industry to drive more women into manufacturing?
Share our success stories and actively engage with young women in our local communities to encourage them to defy the status quo, create and foster their inner entrepreneurial spirt to pursue their dreams.
What would the REAL Rosie say about women in manufacturing today?
That we have come a long way and to keep pursuing your dreams!
What advice would you give women, or anyone interested in entering this industry?
There is always something in manufacturing. Enjoy the ride but don’t be afraid to fail. Failure is part of it. Learn, grow, and defy the next chapter of Manufacturing.
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