Effective leaders show as well as tell, and to me this means not being afraid to get my hands dirty. When I was a youth in my parents’ shop, I did it to prove my worth in their shop. I continue to do it now to be an example to my team and to the next generation of machinists.
In 1993, I had the opportunity to run a small, struggling company that manufactured shafts. Twenty-five years and many mistakes later, success has allowed me to create jobs, find talented people, and build lasting, mutually beneficial relationships.
As much as I believe in our industry’s power to change the world, I also believe in one person’s power to make a difference. Success means little unless we convert that success into opportunities to provide humanitarian assistance, both here and abroad. Manufacturing has made it all possible. For that, I am endlessly grateful to my parents, my colleagues, my faith, and everyone else that helped pave the way.
My hometown of Yafa, Yemen.
From my earliest days, manufacturing’s been my passion and livelihood. Bringing people together to make something greater than ourselves allows me and my team to touch lives and refuels that passion.
Enthusiasm and expertise are only the beginning. Sustained growth only comes with integrity, stewardship, and collaboration with people of different backgrounds and opinions. A little business savvy never hurts, either!
Leading means being willing to get my hands dirty, setting an example every day, and staying humble enough to learn from others. Smart people can still be toxic, and sometimes “soft skills” are more valuable than technical know-how.
Everyone has a place in our thriving industry, but young women still provide a relatively untapped reservoir of talent. The labor gap will continue to grow unless we strive to promote the promise of manufacturing to all.
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