"Don't be afraid"
"If you have interest in mechanical or technical explore it and learn as much as you can"
New Product Development Program Manager
My role is to cross functionally manage the development of new products from conception through to market launch. That means working with design engineering, supply chain, finance, marketing, support, parts, etc.to get a successful product to market. It's an extremely proud (mother hen type) moment when it's launched and you see it spread across social media and at trade shows. Something that you've stressed over for years you can now be publicly proud of.
It's definitely 90+% male dominated. There are very little women in the ag equipment industry, and if there are they are mainly in HR, Credit roles. I think just simple exposure would go a long way in bringing attention to this side. It so diverse from working in parts, service sales at a Dealership or an OEM or more behind the scenes at an OEM and dealing with Design or manufacturing.
Don't be afraid. If you have interest in mechanical or technical explore it and learn as much as you can. It's so easy to be judged in this industry but if you have the base knowledge to back up the talk you will be respected.
Anything agriculture, I have farming in my blood. But I enjoy spending time with my dog outdoors; as well as wine and cooking. Who knows, you may see me on the next Masterchef ;)
I wouldn't necessarily say they are goals, but you learn a lot from the mentee experience. Not just on how they look at things, but how you try and teach and explain your experiences. I find that being a mentor and doing a job interview are the best ways to truly learn about yourself, your professional strengths and weaknesses.