“My biggest challenge has been to trust my knowledge, my authority and myself,” said Tannistha Roy, Design and Simulation engineer for Power Electronics, E-Mobility. “I received some advice from my first boss at ZF that helped. He told me to trust in myself and have confidence.”
When we discussed the importance of balance, most of the women we interviewed felt that balance is crucial to success. They also felt that balance comes from spending time outside of work doing what they enjoy – whether that be connecting with friends and family, or doing an activity, like gardening.
“I had to realize that balance does not necessarily mean 50/50,” said Reeves. “There are some days when work takes a greater share, and other days when my family takes more of my focus.”
“I have a passion for productivity,” said Moe. “I view my work much like a plant manager might view her plant – I’m constantly working to optimize my output – whether that’s a project I’m working on, or quality time with my kids. My best advice to anyone trying to balance work and life is to take a critical look at what you are doing during the day and make sure it adds value.”
When asked to share their wisdom with the next generation of budding STEM, confidence, courage and trust in yourself were at the top of the list.
“Listen to your instincts,” said Roy.
“Be steadfast in your pursuit,” said Madeline Gilmer, an Intern with the ZF Chassis Systems in Tuscaloosa. “You are entering a field where you are the minority. Don’t be intimidated by that.”