Workforce Diversity For Engineering and IT Professionals Spring 2014 : Page 26

C H E M I C A L E N G I N E E R I N G company. Although Monsanto is dif-ferent today, she “remains attracted because of the focus on developing innovation solutions to address farmers’ needs and food production challenges. For me, I enjoy new and different opportunities that chal-lenge and continue to develop me as a person and an employee.” Dur-ing her time with Monsanto, she’s worked various roles in industrial chemical, herbicide, animal agricul-ture, and seed manufacturing, as well as in research in biotechnology and chemistry technology. Indeed, Franklin Brendel be -lieves that career success is what each person decides it is for him or herself and likely will change throughout one’s career. “For me, career success is having the oppor-tunity to take on different roles that could be in different parts of the organization or business, as well as being continually challenged by the work I do every day,” acknowledges Franklin Brendel. One’s degree is a ticket to an entry role, but it doesn’t necessary assure or limit future opportunities. Where one’s career goes depends more on the skills developed in roles that go along with the degree and make a com-plete package.” Franklin Brendel earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at the Georgia Insti-tute of Technology and her execu-tive master’s of business adminis-tration degree at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She enjoys the opportunity to be involved in essentially all aspects of soybean production, from working with Monsanto’s technology and commercial groups to launching new products, to working with its production sites and partners on crop planning for the upcoming year, developing strategic long-range plans for how they will oper-ate and manufacture in future years. As a leader, it is necessary for her to have the experience in and an understanding of manufactur-ing in general, the ability to work and get things done collaboratively in a team environment, including cross-functional teams, and the ability to influence leadership and others in the organization. Monsanto operates in a matrix organizational structure, so being a team player is critical for success. “It’s important to get the input, engagement, and support of oth-ers/team members to getting some-thing developed and then ulti-mately implemented. Having more voices involved leads to a better outcome,” Franklin Brendel states. Kimberly Clark, Chief Customer Relations and Marketing Officer, AREVA AREVA, INC.: MANy OppORTuNITIEs FOR MObIlITy Kimberly Clark at AREVA thinks the best way to enhance a career is through tackling a wide variety of experiences. “The prob-lem-solving skills you learn in engineering can be applied in any situation,” she says. Clark is espe-cially mindful of incorporating women into the chemical engi-neering landscape. “This is what we emphasize when we promote The best way to enhance a career is through tackling a wide variety of experiences. spRING 2014 / 26 / WORKFORCE DIVERsITy

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