WATCH NOW Break the Ceiling: Women’s Leadership in Manufacturing
This panel with The Manufacturers Alliance featured Strategex's own Carmelle Giblin joined by Maggie Chu, CHRO at Littelfuse, and Erin Kane, CEO of AdvanSix. Learn how these women forged a path to executive leadership and strategies they are implementing to create a more equitable future in a male-dominated sector.
Strategex's Carmelle Giblin Joined an All-Star Leadership Panel with The Manufacturers Alliance
Women’s representation in the manufacturing workforce has remained around the 30% mark since the 1970s compared with 47% of the total workforce. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, 1.8 million women have left the workforce. What are manufacturers doing to attract women to work for the industry while creating opportunities for growth?
This panel featured Strategex's own Carmelle Giblin, former GM at ITW, former CFO at IDEAL Industries, and current VP and 80/20 Expert at Strategex. She was joined by Maggie Chu, CHRO at Littelfuse, and Erin Kane, CEO of AdvanSix. Learn how these women forged a path to executive leadership and strategies they are implementing to create a more equitable future in a male-dominated sector.
About Carmelle Giblin
Carmelle brings a proven track record in achieving operational excellence through 80/20 principles. Her success can be attributed to her strengths in operational management, innovative strategic thinking, and global team collaboration.
Carmelle’s career in financial and analytical leadership began at ITW where she worked for more than two decades. She earned her stripes in Group Finance where she specialized in acquisitions and 80/20 execution. After a successful tenure in Group Finance, Carmelle was promoted to VP/General Manager of a global business unit. In that role, she improved operating results using 80/20 principles and achieved a CAGR of 31%. After ITW, Carmelle spent seven years at IDEAL Industries, Inc. There, she was a key member of the leadership team that succeeded in growing the company over $1B during her tenure.
Additionally, Carmelle has extensive experience in acquisition management -- specifically: valuation, negotiation, and post-acquisition integration. In this area, she excels at change management and is effective in turning around declining businesses.
Carmelle is a passionate champion of women in business and leadership. She was a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Team at ITW where she set up a curriculum to help women succeed in manufacturing management. Throughout her career, she has mentored several women to career success.
In a recent interview, Carmelle opened up about her rise to leadership as a woman, a wife, and a mother. She revealed what she has learned, her obstacles, and how management teams can empower women in leadership. She may have started as the only woman in the room, but she has paved the way for more women to rise to leadership.
Q. What can management teams specifically do to promote gender equality?
A. Be deliberate about having women on the slate for job opportunities. If they are not on the slate, they will never be hired. Also, be deliberate about being inclusive. Oftentimes, male-dominated rooms of people defer to talking about sports or other male-dominated topics that women do not often have equal footing in the conversation. It is very challenging for women to network in a male-dominated industry when they cannot even participate in the conversation.