What excites me about this industry:
Being able to use my technical skills to work with influential fashion brands. I’ve always been into clothing and fashion, so coming out of a college as an engineer, the closest to working in fashion would be at a company like RBIS. In terms of law, I’ve always been interested in innovation, so getting involved in the foundation of a new product and drafting a patent have been an exciting start to my career.
Why Avery Dennison RBIS:
I had an opportunity to enter the Global Organizational Leadership Development (GOLD) program. It was a great option for me. And the people at RBIS were extremely welcoming. It’s a very cultured place to work, and everyone wants to help each other grow and develop in their career. It’s an amazing environment to launch a career right out of college.
What I think makes a successful leader:
You’ve got to have vision. And you need to be diligent in your efforts to achieve that vision and the ability to empower your team. As an example, my first direct manager here was always willing to give me responsibility with the resources to do succeed in those responsibilities. The confidence she had in me was empowering. The success I experienced in my first role was directly related to the empowerment I experienced.
The biggest challenge I’ve faced at RBIS:
Understanding the business model, and the different aspects of RFID and sales distribution and trade sales and intercompany sales. Getting to know the business structure from RBIS to RFID takes time.