What drew you to the rubber industry, and what has made your career in the industry rewarding?
The opportunities came through due to my effort and profile. I have always shown total commitment to the company's goals and accepted all the opportunities that have been granted to me so far. It was not an easy trajectory. Recognition does not always come at the moment that we expect, but I have always sought to be a partner and very collaborative with all my co-workers.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
Being a woman and reaching a regional leadership position.
What do you count as your biggest failure and what has it taught you?
Perhaps showing emotion, as it can be considered as a weakness in the industrial environment.
Who or what inspires you?
The fact that we work in an environment with several women and we help each other, and some other leaders who believe in our potential.
Who were your career mentors, and what role did they play?
My mentors are Francois Z. and Max Araujo, both who are very open to listen and guide me to find out the best solution to resolve the issues that I am facing.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
"Don't give up" and "you have my support."
If you were CEO of a company, what would you do first?
It is a very difficult question. If I was a CEO of a company, maybe I would revise the company organization chart, trying to be a lean environment looking for aggregating all classes of people seeking more diversity and creativity.
What would you tell someone considering a career in the rubber industry?
The rubber industry career is not easy because you still have a lot of chauvinism, but this industry is changing and there are new opportunities where we (women) can make the difference.
In your opinion, what needs to be done to encourage females to pursue STEM-related careers?
If the STEM-related career is really your desire, you need to persist! Today, the path is a little better, we can see an increase of women in this industry, and the more of us there are, we can do more for each other.