DEARBORN - In honor of March being Women’s History month, @Ford is highlighting some of the company’s outstanding female leadership throughout the next several weeks. These features will focus specifically on those who have had great success in manufacturing, a typically male-dominated field.
Their stories are inspiring and their drive and Go Further spirit have helped shape Ford Manufacturing into the success it is today.
Know a female Ford team member who deserves recognition? Nominate her in the comments section below.
Who: Cheryl Bruins-RozierTitle: Director, Manufacturing Business Office Time with Ford: 27.5 years
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Q. What was your first role with the company
A. I was a manufacturing engineer at Chicago Heights Stamping Plant.
Q. Can you identify one experience you’ve had with Ford that really had an impact on you?
A. I had the opportunity to work in Brazil as an ISE. The team there is awesome, I learned so much about working within other cultures. Learning a new language was challenging and rewarding at the same time.
Q. What do you like about working at Ford?
A. The opportunities within the company to explore different job assignments and to develop my skill set.
Q. What do you love about manufacturing?
A. I call it organized chaos! I love that each day is different. If I had to do the same exact job day in and day out I would go crazy.
Q. When you were a child, what did you think you would be when you grew up?
A. When I was really young, I wanted to be a dolphin trainer!
Q. Who have been your female role models?
A. My mother has always been my role model. She and my father raised us with the right amount of discipline and common sense. I was taught that my reputation is built upon my actions.
Q. Is there one achievement you are most proud of?
A. Having a 27 year career and three kids. My children are so proud of the work I do and the exposure they have had because I am an engineer has been fantastic.
Q. What advice would you give to young women who are in the process of choosing what type of career path they want to follow?
A. My advice is to choose some type of science/technology or mathematics as your base; from there you can do anything.
Q. What would you say has been the key to your success?
A. Doing a great job every day, and being prepared to accept opportunities as they presented themselves.
Q. In your opinion, what is the best response one can have to failure or perceived failure?
A. Try again! All great inventions have happened through trial and error, lots of “failures” before success.