What drew you to the rubber industry, and what has made your career in the industry rewarding?
When I decided to work in the rubber industry, I immediately thought about my learning curve and the growth opportunities that this sector could offer, both in the technical field and in the development of my leadership skills, based on the high number of activities in the sector and the degree of development.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
I feel proud to have completed my studies as a chemical engineer and to work in such an important sector (rubber) for a very important and successful multinational company.
What do you count as your biggest failure and what has it taught you?
I am a very sporty girl, and I preferred to finish my studies instead of being a part for a professional team (track and field). This taught me to never give up and to work to always improve myself!
Who or what inspires you?
My family who helps me and stays close to me every day.
Who were your career mentors, and what role did they play?
My mentor is my boss, currently facility general manager of the plant. He hired my a long time ago when I was young and relatively unexperienced. He coached me, and he spent a lot of time with me to develop my skills, especially for leadership. And, day by day, we are developing a fantastic and sincere relationship.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
My grandmother was active during WWII and she survived after a lot of terrible situations. The best advice received from her is "when there's a will, there's a way."
If you were CEO of a company, what would you do first?
I would start to observe my employees. Observing them in their skills, abilities and ambitions, so as to have a clearer idea of who they are—working often is a compromise between what the employee and the company give each other.
Recognizing each employee's inclinations, attitudes and peculiarities is something that not only affects their happiness, but also their performance. People are one of the most important parts of the "control tower" for a company, an environment where workloads are well distributed and employees well stimulated. It is not just a place to go to work impersonally, but a place to really get involved and grow.
What would you tell someone considering a career in the rubber industry?
Do not be afraid, the possibilities for growth and learning are many. The rubber industry offers opportunities for technological development and marketing in terms of product differentiation.
In your opinion, what needs to be done to encourage females to pursue STEM-related careers?
Diversity and inclusion is not an obstacle. Things must be done with passion and commitment.