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.
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Who: Liliana Ramirez-Jones
Title: Manager, Ford Production System North America
Time with Ford: 21 years
Q. What was your first role with the company?
A. I began as a SG6 Scheduling and Distribution analyst at the Romeo Engine Plant.
Q. Can you identify one experience you’ve had with Ford that really had an impact on you?
A. My role as a Press Room team manager at Chicago Stamping. Although I understood the concept of team work, this role helped me realize the powerful force that emerges when you support your team and focus your energies on continuous improvement. It was like a machine that fed itself. We set our goals, identified things that needed to improve and provided the resources necessary. We could see and feel tangible accomplishments.
Q. What do you like about working at Ford?
A. The pride I feel when I see our vehicles on the road. I feel pride about our products and our people.
Q. What do you love about manufacturing?
A. It is the lifeblood of our company. It is fast-paced, high-energy, ever changing and there is never a dull moment.
Q. When you were a child, what did you think you would be when you grew up?
A. I had plans of being a medical doctor specializing in Psychiatry.
Q. Who have been your female role models?
A. Personally my mother. She was a strong vibrant woman who taught me the importance of work, responsibility, an how to deal with difficult times. Professionally, the fabulous group of women in the plants that have provided guidance, support and mentoring throughout my career.
Q. In your role, what are you most looking forward to in 2014?
A. Seeing how our plants are transforming every day. We are changing the way we do work in our manufacturing facilities. 2014 is the Year of Traction. We have been putting the right organizational structure with clear roles and responsibilities, key processes and standards in place to create a culture of continuous improvement in our plants. It is exciting to see the physical, operational and behavioral changes happening in the plants every day.
Q. Is there one achievement you are most proud of?
A. Being able to balance work and life. While it is important to be the best Ford Motor Company employee I can be, it is equally as important for me to be the best I can be for my family.
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. Regardless of the path you take, walk the path in a passionate, driven fashion. You learn that by having passion, everything you do seems easier and more fun. If you are passionate and believe in what you are doing, so will others.
Q. What would you say has been the key to your success?
A. Building relationships with people that are based on trust. In work and in life we deal with people. Connecting as well as learning from some of the amazing people I work with has been instrumental in my career.
Q. In your opinion, what is the best response one can have to failure or perceived failure?
A. Look for lessons from any failure so you can learn and grow from it. Always remember that feedback is a gift.