I Am #HeForShe: Cummins Indirect Purchasing Leader, Priscila Mendes

March is Women's History Month. To celebrate, we're featuring an ongoing series of articles throughout the month highlighting gender equality champions at Cummins Inc.

These Cummins employees have each taken the UN’s #HeForShe pledge, joining over 1.3 million individuals who are taking action to create a gender-equal world. We’ll feature one profile a day starting Monday, March 6, 2017 through Friday, March 10, 2017.

The third Q&A in our #HeForShe profile series features Priscila Mendes, Indirect Purchasing Leader, Cummins Inc.

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Q. What is your motivation/reason to be an advocate for women and gender equality?

"Being the only woman in my engineering class in the first year in college gave me a very strong perception of how easy it is to feel forced to compromise on your style and perspective to "fit in." It was not very different when I started working in the automotive industry. I believe we all lose when that compromise happens and I want to support women to feel valued and empowered to show themselves as they truly are and see the value that brings to the table.

I do not want to sit and wait for the world to realize that competence is not a privilege of one style over another or one gender over another. On a very personal level, I love my 14 year- old sister and I want her to find a better work environment than what I found when I started."

Q. Do you have any words of advice/wisdom/encouragement for women in the workplace?

"Embrace who you are, show your talents and contribute always! Learn and teach continuously, support each other and help to build a better future to all of us."

Q. What are some ways that men can be champions and advocate for gender equality?

"Speak up against bias and inappropriate behavior in different levels at any time. Do not be a quiet contributor to the status quo. Mentor talented women at work and help them succeed. Be proud of doing so and motivate others to do it as well. Push for a diverse pool of talent when you have an open position. Empower the women in your life! Help little girls understand that being a female is not a limitation. You can cry! You can help with the children! You can like pink! Gender inequality is not good for business. Act!"

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Hear from the rest of Cummins' gender equality champions in our ongoing #HeForShe profile series.

For more information on the HeForShe movement or to take the #HeForShe pledge, visit HeForShe.org. You can also follow the movement on Twitter and Facebook.

Katherine Vujovich

Katherine Vujovich is a Communication Specialist for Cummins Inc. with a focus on Human Resources communications. Prior to joining Cummins in 2011, she worked for the Chicago White Sox. Katherine is a graduate of Indiana University and lives in Indianapolis.

Five Ways Cummins is Supporting STEM Opportunities for Women

Cummins is working to improve awareness of engineering career opportunities globally and to support technical women throughout their careers. 

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Global CWiT Conference 2018 group photo

1. Global Cummins Women in Technology Conference

During this three day event, Cummins technical women from around the world gather to network, develop new skills, and share their experiences. Cummins has organized women in technology conferences since 2007, and the most recent conference was held this past March in Columbus, Indiana (USA).

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2. Cummins Technical Center India opened this year

On March 1, 2018, leaders from Cummins inaugurated the Cummins Technical Center India (CTCI), the new home of the India Technical Organization. Located at the Kothrud campus in Pune, Maharashtra, CTCI is a leading center in India, equipped with world-class laboratories, engine test cells and engineering facilities. The four-story building is impressive with seating capacity for 2,500 professional engineering staff.  The center has been designed to promote employee well-being and safety through the use of light, art and design and productivity by employing suitable amenities like a childcare center and nursing mothers’ rooms. The office space includes a flexible learning center to support education, training and team building. 

 

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3. Return to Work Program “RePower”

Cummins has created the RePower (aka return-to-work) Program for engineers through a partnership with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and iRelaunch. This program provides opportunities to re-engage returners’ skills and repower careers with a paid six month returnship. The first RePower Program took place in Southern Indiana, running August 2016 through February 2017 with four candidates, and each of these individuals has since joined the company in a full-time role. The objective of the program is to match candidates with projects that fit their expertise, interests and abilities. The program is focused on training, coaching and development, as well as networking.

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4. STEM Careers Awareness in Latin America

Cummins Latin America is working with 10 universities in 2018 to provide students with an opportunity to visit Cummins locations in San Luis Potosi, Mexico to learn more about career opportunities within Cummins. During the visits, Cummins employees share background on the company’s history, values, products, innovation, resource groups like the Women’s Affinity Group and Technical Women’s Imitative and tips to create an effective resume. 


5. STEM Education and Awareness

Globally, Cummins employees are involved in multiple STEM events and educational opportunities to encourage girls and boys to think about a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Cummins supports collaborative classrooms to grow youth employment in Australia, math mentoring to enhance student skills in Africa, education coalitions that improve academics in Cummins’ headquarter community, and vocational education toolkits that can be used by Cummins employees to support their local communities. These are just a few examples of how Cummins provides awareness and support of STEM education throughout the world.  

Taking place annually on June 23, International Women in Engineering Day is an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focuses attention on the career opportunities available to girls in this industry. It celebrates the outstanding achievements of women engineers throughout the world. In 2018, the INWED 2018 theme is 'Raising The Bar.’ For additional information, please see the INWED website at http://www.inwed.org.uk/

 

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Meet Lulu Lopez - Director of New and ReCon Parts Global Manufacturing Operation, San Luis Potosi

Lulu Lopez, Director of New and ReCon Parts Global Manufacturing Operations, has 23 years experience in Manufacturing. We recently sat down with Lulu to ask about her career at Cummins. Here's what she had to say. 

Role: Director of New and ReCon Parts Global Manufacturing Operations
Location: San Luis Potosí, Mexico
Years of Service: 12 years at Cummins, 23 years in Manufacturing
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, San Luis Potosí, México; Master’s Degree in Administration, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, México
Cummins Career Journey: Quality and Manufacturing Manager, Plant Manager, Director of Global Manufacturing Engineering & Strategy, Director of New and ReCon Parts Global Manufacturing Operations

Q: How has your career journey progressed at Cummins?

“I joined Cummins Generator Technologies in San Luis Potosí, México, as a Quality and Manufacturing Manager in 2006. However, as soon as I joined Cummins, I also had to take on manager responsibilities in Supplier Quality, Operations Excellence (lean manufacturing) and, for several years, Product Engineering. I was then given the opportunity to become a Plant Manager for Cummins Generator Technologies in 2010, also in San Luis Potosí, and enjoyed that role for 4.5 years. 

“In November 2014, I joined New and ReCon Parts in Columbus, IN, as the Director of Global Manufacturing Engineering and Strategy. I then returned to San Luis Potosí to run the New and ReCon Parts site in April 2016 and was able to run this site for 2 years. Currently, I am transitioning into the Director of Global Manufacturing Operations role for New and ReCon Parts and very happy and enthusiastic for this great next step in my professional career.”

Q: What attracted you to Manufacturing as a career? 

“I like it a lot! I really enjoy the teamwork and cross-functional efforts used to build products that help our customers be successful in operating their own businesses. I find developing people and interacting with different functions within Manufacturing fascinating. We drive continuous improvement every day to be more efficient, cost competitive and the best option for our customers, and that’s a great feeling.”

Q: Why have you chosen to remain dedicated to Manufacturing? In other words, what’s kept you going? 

“Within Manufacturing, we have different functions that are very exciting in areas of engineering, technology and innovation. All of these functions are focused on the definition, development, implementation, validation, control, operation and continuous improvement of the processes that build the products we sell every day.”

Q: Is Manufacturing at Cummins exciting for you? 

“Yes, working in a Manufacturing site is a diverse environment – we have a variety of functions and people with different professional backgrounds, capabilities and skills working together every day. Collaborating as a team makes it exciting, as all functions align to the same objectives and challenge each other to be excellent each and every day.”

Q: In your eyes, what would you list as your top 2-3 achievements in your career at Cummins?  

“Becoming a plant manager was very much a key achievement in my professional career. That role really exposed me to being a business owner, lead cross-functional efforts and represents the Cummins leadership in the community. 

“Also, for more than 5 years, I aspired to be in my current role, which I just entered into a few weeks ago. This opportunity will allow me to influence the global operations of a complete business and allow me the opportunity to lead a vast and diverse team experiencing different challenges due to the conditions of the markets and regions.”

Q: Which one of Cummins’ core values resonates with you most and why? 

“All corporate values are great framework, and for me it is very critical to live all of them in my role as a leader. However, if I have to select one that resonates with me most, it would be Caring."

"By caring about our people, our environment, our customers and our community; being inclusive; following the regulations and laws that dictate our company practices; and knowing the impact of my decisions, I am better able to contribute to powering a most prosperous world.”

Q: Cummins is a global company, and you bring global perspective. What does being a global company mean to you?

“For me, it is very simple. We should be able to support our customers with the right solution for their needs across the globe, and that support should come from people who work in the optimal regions and processes and who live out our values each and every day.”

Q: What advice would you give to someone who is wanting to get into Manufacturing today?

“Take the challenge, and join our team. We have varying career paths, different functions and very exciting positions that will provide you the opportunity to develop yourself and gain vast capabilities and skills that will help you continue your professional development within Manufacturing or other roles within the Global Supply Chain.”

I Am Manufacturing is a recurring campaign featuring the people and teams who make up Cummins Manufacturing.
 

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Meet Anna Dibble - Plant Manager, Jamestown Engine Plant

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Anna Dibble, Plant Manager at the Jamestown Engine Plant

Anna Dibble, Plant Manager at Cummins' Jamestown Engine Plant, has an impressive 26 years of service at Cummins. We recently sat down with Anna to ask about her career at Cummins. Here’s what she had to say. 

Role: Plant Manager, Jamestown Engine Plant (JEP)
Years of Service at Cummins: 26 years at JEP
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Operations Management, Penn State University; Master’s Degree in Manufacturing Management & Engineering, General Motors Institute of Technology; MBA, Gannon University
Career Journey: Quality Engineering, Product Engineering, Six Sigma Black Belt and Leader, Operations, Engine Business Unit Manufacturing Quality, Plant Management

Q: What attracted you to Manufacturing as a career?

"When I got hired at Cummins as a summer hire, I really enjoyed seeing how a large plant functioned – how all of the teams worked collaboratively together to make the product and how diverse the career opportunities were. I went back to college and changed my major from Accounting to Operations Management, with the desire to work in a manufacturing plant after graduation. I didn’t realize at the time that I would spend my career at the same plant that got me interested in manufacturing in the first place."

Q: Have you ever had any other job outside of Manufacturing? 

"I have always been based at JEP but have worked in many functions, including some that were EBU functions and not JEP-specific (Product Engineering, Six Sigma Black Belt/Master Black Belt, EBU Manufacturing Quality and Six Sigma Leader roles). The diversity of career opportunities within a large manufacturing plant, such as Quality (including Supplier Quality and Customer Quality) and Product Engineering (including test and labs, Six Sigma personnel, Finance, etc.) was an attractive feature for me. The Cummins and JEP environment also encourages cross-functional learning."

Q: Is Manufacturing at Cummins exciting for you?

"Absolutely. Each and every day is different and sometimes very unpredictable. The challenge to develop and follow a long-term strategy while also addressing short-term emergencies – and doing so in a way that is effective across significant changes in the demand cycle – requires a lot of innovation and cross-functional teamwork."

Q: What makes coming to work each day worth it?

The people. Although there are problems to solve and challenges day in and day out, I have the opportunity to work with some very talented, committed and passionate people that can rise to any occasion.

Q: In your eyes, what would you list as your top achievements during your career at Cummins? 

"The plant accomplishment that I am very proud to have been part of was the 2010 Downturn Planning team. The team worked with JEP and Cummins leaders to offer an employee retention program that helped us creatively absorb a 70 percent reduction in demand within one month with no permanent layoffs and introduce two new products at the same time."

Q: Which one of Cummins’ core values resonates with you most and why? 

"I really don’t believe the core values are as effective individually as they are together. But, if I had to choose one core value, I would pick integrity because it all starts there. Integrity is a sign of your character and is foundational to all of the other core values. In order to truly embrace diversity, care for others and their wellbeing, and promote and value teamwork, you must have integrity. By building trusting relationships where all voices are heard and valued, together you can deliver excellence."

Q: What is your advice to someone looking to pursue a career in Manufacturing?

"Manufacturing is exciting and challenging, and the industry offers many career opportunities for people with many different skill sets. Regardless of the role, I highly would encourage someone to try new things, be fearless and move out of their comfort zone."

I Am Manufacturing is a recurring campaign featuring the people and teams who make up Cummins Manufacturing.

Cummins Office Building

Cummins Inc.

Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

New Cummins Powers Women Program to Accelerate the Advancement of Women and Girls Around the World

by Anna Lintereur,
Cummins' Mary Chandler (right) greets Denise Raquel Dunning, founder of Rise Up, at Thursday's announcement.
Cummins' Mary Chandler (right) greets Denise Raquel Dunning, founder of Rise Up, at Thursday's announcement.

Cummins has been grounded since its founding in the belief that wherever the company operates, it will leave communities stronger than it found them. Building more prosperous communities isn’t just better for the people living in them, it’s better for the company’s business and society at large.

Now Cummins is helping to empower a global community that needs support – women and girls.

“Cummins’ mission is to make people’s lives better by powering a more prosperous world and Cummins Powers Women epitomizes this purpose,” said Tom Linebarger, Cummins Inc. Chairman and CEO. “One way we seek to better communities is by investing in programs that improve the lives of women and girls. We’ve seen firsthand the positive transformation that happens when we ensure diversity and inclusion within our organization, bringing more women into our business at every level.”

The Cummins Powers Women program is the company’s most ambitious community initiative ever, representing a multi-million dollar investment designed to create large-scale impact in the lives of women and girls globally. Through Cummins Powers Women, the company will partner with a network of global nonprofit organizations that have existing, proven programs with metrics in place. The programs will focus on areas where significant barriers exist to the advancement of girls and women, including grass-roots teaching and mentoring, financial empowerment through entrepreneurship, leadership training, and strategic guidance to non-profit leaders.

Today, women continue to face inequality. Around the world, girls are less likely to finish high school, more likely to be married against their will as children, and less likely to have career prospects. But when women and girls are educated, given opportunity and paid fairly, families and economies prosper.

“The growth and improvements we have seen in our own company through an inclusive environment for women are the catalyst for us to dream about a future for all women that includes abundant opportunity for global leadership, invention, skill and creativity – a world powered by women in which progress accelerates, invention amplifies and solutions become easier to find,” said Mary Titsworth Chandler, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Chief Executive Officer of the Cummins Foundation.

Cummins is focused on fixing the problem at its root and finding answers that will yield the greatest impact for women and girls to unlock their full power. The Cummins Leadership Team and regional leadership teams will spearhead this global effort, working closely with Cummins’ nonprofit partners in their regions and local communities.

The company knows that for many of its leaders, this work isn’t just a professional issue. It’s a personal one, too. It’s about our mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and neighbors. After all, as Linebarger remarked, “Making an engine is hard. Making the world more just for women and girls is harder.”

Cummins is ready to take on this challenge.

Anna Lintereur

Anna Lintereur is Chief of Staff and Communications Manager for Corporate Responsibility at Cummins Inc. She joined the company in 2010, serving in a variety of roles including global communications leader for Corporate Responsibility and project manager for the construction of Cummins’ Distribution Business headquarters in Indianapolis. Prior to joining Cummins, she worked for Irwin Financial Corporation for more than 12 years.

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