What drew you to the rubber industry, and what has made your career in the industry rewarding?
I arrived by accident. My previous position within the company was in public relations. I supported our North America Automotive Aftermarket business. At the time I was completing my master's degree, and once done, was approached by our Aftermarket Marketing Manager about a marketing role within the business. I accepted 13 years ago and have not looked back!
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
At the end of my career I will know. Opportunities still exist to achieve my greatest professional achievement.
What do you count as your biggest failure and what has it taught you?
I don't think I can pinpoint just one (there have been numerous). But it is true you gain more knowledge from failures than successes throughout your career, if you take a step back and constructively evaluate the reasons for failure.
Who or what inspires you?
Everyday people, who do extraordinary things, inspire me. Especially at the moment, with current events, ordinary individuals are leading heroic and courageous lives with their selfless commitments to humanity.
Who were your career mentors, and what role did they play?
I would have to say my four older siblings. They led by example, all with an exemplary work ethic that I aspired to and hopefully achieved throughout my career.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Working beyond your comfort zone will lead to success. Both failures and achievements result in growth.
If you were CEO of a company, what would you do first?
I would make myself visible, and available, within the brick and motor. In addition, develop a consistent rhythm of electronic communications for those associates not in the building. To be successful, every associate needs to understand the state of a business and how they contribute to the results.
What would you tell someone considering a career in the rubber industry?
The rubber industry is very dynamic and offers endless career opportunities. It can be as rewarding and exciting as you want it to be depending on the path you elect to take.
In your opinion, what needs to be done to encourage females to pursue STEM-related careers?
It starts with a grassroots effort during secondary education so that young women are aware of the career paths available to them.