Job DescriptionSupply Chain Management, Unilever
In the Field Since2011
Q&A with Debra
Did you always know you wanted to be an engineer?
Nope! I actually always wanted to be an architect. Eventually, I realized that a degree in mechanical engineering would not only help me become an architect, but it would also give me the option to take my career in many other directions if I wanted to.
Was it easy being a girl in engineering?
Fortunately, girls studying engineering is becoming much more common. I was challenged in a lot of ways as an engineering student, but the fact that I was a girl wasn't one of them.
How do you create a work/life balance?
My No. 1 rule is that I don't take work home with me at the end of the day — home time is my personal time.
How have the student organizations you were a part of helped you in your career?
My leadership roles in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) helped me to develop the professional network I used to find my job and gave me some of the professional skills and work ethic I use each day at work.