What drew you to the rubber industry, and what has made your career in the industry rewarding?
Akzo Nobel closing its West Coast location brought me to Dow Corning. I knew nothing about silicone then and spent years with the best mentors someone could ask for. Not seeing many minority women in this industry made me realize I could establish a nice career for myself. I speak three languages and Spanish has been crucial in my career. Being able to give technical presentations in Spanish has been very rewarding.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
Being recognized by my current suppliers.
Who or what inspires you?
My mentors and previous bosses have taught me a lot, and I continue to ask them for advice. There is so much more to learn in the rubber business.
Who were your career mentors, and what role did they play?
From Dow: Ron Fraleigh, Ron Romanowsky, Rick Ziebell, Doug Bower, Scott Kearns and others. They have taught me great technologies and how to be an honest, compassionate and effective sales manager.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Be honest and look out for your customer. Be their advocate.
If you were CEO of a company, what would you do first?
Provide training and access to mentors to the new young incomers.
What would you tell someone considering a career in the rubber industry?
It may not be sexy, but it can become a great career if you play your cards correctly.
In your opinion, what needs to be done to encourage females to pursue STEM-related careers?
Expose them to the industry through field trips and internships.