• 10 Oct 2018

    Building a Meaningful Career: Insights and Advice from Women in the Automation Industry

    Last week at the Emerson Global Users Exchange in San Antonio, I had the pleasure of moderating the “Building a Meaningful Career” panel. In this blog, I’ll recap some of the experiences and strategies that these successful female l...
    • 26 Sep 2018

    How to Balance Work, Life & Caring for Elderly Parents: A Technologist’s Guide to Staying (Somewhat) Sane

    In 2017, I decided to return to graduate school, enrolling in the Enterprise Architecture graduate certificate program at Penn State. My education is primarily in business and economics, but I have worked in information technology for most of my care...
    • 13 Sep 2018

    Stress Management for the "Adulting" Millennial

    If my life were a book this part would be Chapter 31 and titled, Slappers Only . If you were a gamer in the mid-late 90’s, then you probably know what I am talking about. Some iconic video games instantly make you feel nostalgic for your youth. In my case, that game is Nintendo 64’s 007 Golden Eye. For those of you who were not super nerdy gamers when this came out; I’ll explain: A player assumes the role of secret...
    • 28 Aug 2018

    5 Tips to Build Connections and Inspire Inclusivity in the Workplace

    I recently participated in an “Ask Me Anything” panel hosted by one of Emerson’s Women in STEM groups. One relevant question that popped up during the panel was, “Men often tend to gravitate towards other men socially – how can a woman break into the ‘Boys Club’?” I was passionate about fielding this question because most of my teammates are men which means my social network (at work) is comprised primarily of men. Based...
    • 16 Aug 2018

    Pivoting, Managing & Growing your Career: A Candid Conversation with Emerson Women in Leadership

    It can be difficult for women to find female mentors and even more difficult to create an environment where women (and men) can ask candid questions, both professional and personal, to women in leadership roles. Recently, Emerson’s Women in STEM group held our first Ask-Me-Anything panel and it was a resounding success. The lively discussion featured thoughtful insights and advice from key women at Emerson. In this blog...
    • 31 Jul 2018

    An Intern's Guide to Gaining Confidence, Building your Network and Expanding your Skillset

    I’m a first-generation, Hispanic woman from South Houston majoring in computer science and specializing in cybersecurity. In my college experience thus far, I haven’t been surrounded by an abundance of information on preparing for a career after college. I’m not sure anyone thought, based on my background, that I would make it this far. I became interested in computer science due to my love of being a level 80 warrior...
    • 17 Jul 2018

    Why Female-to-Female Mentorship Matters

    In 2017, only 24% of women worked in STEM fields. What’s even more troubling than this statistic is that 50% of women leave the industry in the first 10 years*. But, what if we could change this? A recent study , by Tara C. Dennehy and Nilanjana Dasgupta, determined that “having a female mentor (vs. male mentor or no mentor) preserved women’s belonging in engineering…” There’s a strong movement to spark an interest...
    • 5 Jul 2018

    Five Things I Learned (about Myself) from Crucial Conversations Training

    I recently attended a professional development training titled Crucial Conversations , in an effort to expand my knowledge. I was hesitant at first; change is getting harder as I get older. However, after the introduction I was fully dedicated to gaining as much information as I possibly could. The course was very interactive and the overall environment allowed for easy participation and group discussion. In fact, some...
    • 19 Jun 2018

    Lost and Found: Finding your Place and Achieving Job Fulfillment

    I write this blog while drinking my coffee from a Benjamin Franklin mug. This is my favorite mug because it reminds me that Benjamin Franklin, who was an author, printer, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, activist, statesman, AND diplomat, was able to combine his two greatest strengths – his technical acumen and sense of inquiry with his communication and people skills – to carve out not only a...
    • 4 Jun 2018

    Career Development Tips for Gen Z: An Interview with Emerson Automation Solution's Chief Technology Officer, Peter Zornio

    What will fresh Generation Z graduates find when entering the automation space? A digital revolution! Due to high demand, engineers in the Automation industry are on a quest to discover optimized, “smart” and disruptive technologies that help customers improve operational efficiency, reliability and safety. Young engineers today have the opportunity to take an active role in reinventing what it means to deliver value...
    • 25 May 2018

    Three Benefits of Learning to Code

    As an undergrad, I studied International Relations and German. Needless to say, I had zero interest in studying or making a career of any “technical” subject matter. A month prior to graduating, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone held a talk on campus and discussed his inadvertent career in tech. Biz spoke about how he went from designing book covers in a small design shop in Massachusetts, to building websites for his employer...
    • 9 May 2018

    Chemistry and Creativity: How Art Inspired Me to Become an Engineer

    The one question that we all remember asking ourselves as teenagers is, “What do I want to be when I grow up?” We focus on surviving high school, but we must simultaneously make important decisions that will shape the rest of our lives. What do I want to do after high school? What will my college major be? Will that field of study get me closer to my dream job? What IS my dream job? My first choice was not chemical engineering...
    • 24 Apr 2018

    So Now You’re 30: A Millennial’s Guide to Navigating a Growing Career & Family - Part 1

    If you know what jelly shoes, slap bracelets and POGs are then YOU my friend are probably a millennial (and had an awesome childhood). This also means you are likely so deep into adulting that you have forgotten all about dying from dysentery in a game of Oregon Trail. If you’re like me, you spend your days trying to keep miniature versions of yourself alive while also attending business meetings (that could’ve just...
    • 11 Apr 2018

    Understand, Respect and Invest: Lessons from my week as a Future Energy Leader

    For the past 37 years executives, government officials and thought leaders from the energy, policy, technology and financial sectors have gathered in Houston, TX for CERAWeek . This year, I was fortunate to participate in the CERAWeek Future Energy Leader Program . Every gender, race, religion, political and personal affiliation seemed to have representation in the Future Energy Leaders Program and every voice and opinion...
    • 27 Mar 2018

    My Journey to Develop my own Personal Culture

    I still remember vividly a talk my father gave me when I was around 12 years old. We were in the old barn tool shed on the farm where I grew up in Tennessee. My friends and I got caught “toilet paper rolling” some homes and trees the night before, and he was giving me a stern, heart-to-heart talk regarding what he felt was the most important thing in life—personal responsibility. “You own everything you do and get, Nathan...
    • 14 Mar 2018

    The Importance of Understanding not just How, but WHY.

    I went to engineering school because I was curious about how things worked. As a child, I would take things apart such as toasters, lamps and faucets and then attempt to put them back together. Sometimes I would take multiple lamps apart and create a new lamp from the parts. I felt engineering would give me the knowledge and the skills to take my curiosity to a new level. While an undergraduate at Rutgers College of...
    • 28 Feb 2018

    From Platform to Boardroom: Why Taking a Risk Matters

    What would it take to take a chance on yourself? What would it take to say yes even though the resulting prospects might scare you? In other words, what would it take for you to take more risks? Plenty of studies suggest that women are less likely to take risks in life because we see the idea of risk has having a negative connotation. Yet there are multiple studies, including this study from the Social Psychology and...
    • 13 Feb 2018

    Do you suffer from Glossophobia?

    Public speaking is considered to be the greatest fear a person can have – even greater than the fear of death. There is even a fancier name for this fear and that is, “glossophobia." Glossophobia is very common, in fact, as many as 75% of the people you know likely suffer. Statistically, far too many of us claim that we would prefer death rather than delivering a speech to an audience! So, how can you and I persevere...
    • 30 Jan 2018

    Stargazing toward a future in STEM

    Did you know that in 2017, Lego’s "Women of NASA ," which featured female astronauts and astronomers alike, was the brand's best-selling toy? The fact that it was, tells two truths about the world today: 1) kids love space; 2) the gender gap is closing in the science fields. In 2009, I interviewed Marc Rayman, Chief Engineer for the Dawn Mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion about his early interest in stars and how it grew...
    • 17 Jan 2018

    Social Capital and the Power of Brokerage

    Go to school, work hard, continue skill development, make sure you balance work/life, eat right, exercise, and make sure you make room for spiritual enlightenment. Do these things and you will achieve all your goals…right? If you do these things well, you are maximizing your “human capital” utility. Gary Becker, who passed away in 2014, was a Nobel Prize winning professor of economics and sociology at the University...
    • 2 Jan 2018

    Revisiting My Resolutions: How I Learned to Say "No" More Often in 2017

    I have a confession to make – I like to say “yes.” And, not just a small yes but a big YES. I like to say "yes" to everything and everyone. In 2017, I’ve learned to add a new word to my vocabulary, and that magic word is “no." I normally do a pretty good job achieving work-life balance but life finally caught up to me and I was forced to make a resolution to corral my need to do everything. I have a kindergartner and...
    • 20 Dec 2017

    Living the 50/50 Life: A Husband's Perspective

    My wife, Nina, arrived home one day after a happy hour with a group of work friends she refers to as the “boss babes” and said the following, “Hey, I have an action item for you.” If you have ever heard this phrase from your wife, either jokingly or very seriously, then there’s a good chance you’re living some version of what is often referred to as the “50/50 life.” Nina excitedly followed this up with, “Can you write...
    • 30 Nov 2017

    A Tale of Fearlessness and Fidget Spinners

    Several years ago when I was working at Shell, I was in our London office. The CEO at the time, was riding up in an elevator full of employees. I had no idea Jeroen van der Veer was our chairman and CEO. I just knew that he was about to trip on something so I decided to do what we were expected to do: intervene. Yes, I intervened on a senior executive. And the entire elevator thought I was crazy. "Did you know that...
    • 20 Nov 2017

    3 STEAM Projects to Inspire the Thrill of Discovery this Holiday Season

    I believe children to be natural scientists; they are inquisitive, energetic, and are naturally drawn to experimentation and observation. However, on average, less than 10% of instructional time is spent on teaching science in the early grades. This is why I believe parents must take the reins in inspiring the thrill of discovery. When my wife and I were raising our daughters Kristina and Larissa, now both in their...
    • 9 Nov 2017

    Working Moms: What You Can Learn By Listening to Your Children

    A few weeks ago I attended another awesome Society of Women Engineers Annual Convention in Austin, Texas. Emerson has been a corporate partner since 2013. It was the largest conference to-date filled with keynote speakers, collegiate competitions, plenary and panel sessions, and — obviously — recruiting and networking. I was lucky enough to moderate a panel discussion titled, “Working Moms: What do the Kids Really...