Engineering Group Manager

Favorite Music:
My favorite kind of music is Jazz.
Tell us something unusual about yourself - something that makes you special, unique and not a "typical" STEMinista:
What makes me unique is that besides a technical talent and background, I have an artistic side. When I was young, I would wake up in the middle of the night with all kinds of artistic ideas. I finally got the sense to get a sketch pad and leave it by my bedside. My dad didn't like that too much because I would be running the electric bill up in the middle of the night. Although, I don't do it as often now, art still eases my mind and balances me back to center.
Where are you from? Where were you born and/or raised?
I was born in Detroit, MI
What are you doing/plan to do with your STEM degree?
I have been working at General Motors for over 26 years. I am currently managing an engineering team that works with the commercial truck and van industry. Anytime you see an ambulance, school bus, dump truck, snow plow, etc. think of me. I have worked in various engineering areas (manufacturing, validation, design, program management, etc.) and my plan is to take all of these learnings to the next level by transferring them to young women who are interested in the engineering field.
Tell us about one person in your childhood who had a great effect on your life?
As a kid growing up, we had one television in the house and basically you watched what dad watched. Thus, all of my sisters and I learned to love sports and PBS. I recall watching MotorWeek (an automotive television show) on PBS and seeing how enthusiastic the host, John Davis, was about talking about cars and trucks. It made me intrigued and want to know more about the industry, and thus, an interest and desire to work at General Motors. In the spring of 2016, I got the pleasure of meeting Mr. Davis in person at a truck show and it was a great honor.
Favorite Dessert:
My favorite dessert is Key Lime Pie.
Tell us a favorite quote that gets you going, gives you confidence, or guides your life that you would like to share with future STEMinistas.
I have both a favorite quote and scripture that guide my life, and they drive in the same direction. The quote is by Joyce Meyer, a Christian author and speaker, "Start a bucket list and don't fill it with things you want or have to do before you die, but fill it up with things you want to do for other people before you die". The bible scripture is from 1 John 3:17-18, "If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." Amen!
What has your job taught you?
My job has taught me that you can have all the technical talent and education in the world, however, if you don't have people skills you will not get very far. I have seen so many people get derailed (or even sabotaged) because they never took the time to establish good relationships with others or just respect them. Make time for people even if it is only for a minute and you will be amazed at the results.

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