Women have been a part of the Exotic Metals Forming Division from the inception of the organization. In the company’s 50+ year history, women have and continue to serve in manufacturing, engineering, operations, leadership, and executive-level positions. Exotic's commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace creates an environment that fosters innovation and delivers on the promise of the best solution for customers.
March is Women's History Month, a celebration of women's contributions to history, culture, and society. International Women's Day is a global celebration of women's economic, political, and social achievements observed annually on March 8.
Exotic is celebrating the achievements and contributions of women by highlighting narratives from employees about a woman who inspires them. These are powerful messages of inspiration that we want to share with the world for International Women's Day.
"Amelia Earhart. She was the first woman in history to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Her accomplishments were built off hard work, dreams, and a solid passion."
— Bekka, assembler, when asked which woman in cultural history most inspires her.
"It's challenging, but it’s made me a better person in a lot of different ways. That’s what I love most about what I do – experiencing my own growth as well as the growth of the people around me."
— Tandi, supervisor, her thoughts on being a woman in a leadership role.
"I'm inspired by my mother. She taught me that hard times can be overcome and losing battles can be won. She taught me the value of helping myself."
— Linh, assembler, remembering her mother who continues to inspire her today.
"The conversations are still real today to help our daughters and the women around us know that the boxes may be there, but they should still push, they should still grow, they should still lean into the calling to fulfill their potential and do what only they can do in the community around them."
— Ernie, general manager, on breaking through barriers.
"During a one on one with a supervisor a few years back, he said, 'Do you know that you have knocked down walls and inspired others to want to do more?' and I said 'Really? I guess I never thought of it like that.'"
— Heidi, machine operator, reflecting on the realization that she can inspire other women in the industry.
"The Suffragettes. Because they moved us forward."
— Margaret, human resources, sharing her appreciation for the activist organization that fought for women’s right to vote in public elections.
"I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do." — Georgia O'Keefe."
"When I consider that statement in the context of the barriers she faced, it is even more powerful to me, and a great inspiration to us all."
— Teri, training director, sharing a quote from her cultural history icon.
"I chose this path for my profession because it was something I could take pride in. Knowing that I can program my machine to check any given tool is a great feeling of accomplishment."
— Michelle, CMM operator, reflecting on her path to becoming a CMM operator.
"It's exciting to look back and see powerful women blazing trails. It's something that will continue to inspire my girls and propel them into a future where they can do whatever they put their minds to."
— Shasta, safety manager, reflecting on influential women who have helped pave a strong future for young women.
"My advice to other women is: Never let success get to your head and never let failure get to your heart. You are your own limit."
— Sunshine, welder, giving advice to other women aspiring to be in her field.
"My daughter has continued to be the one inspiring me rather than the other way around. I could easily write a novel about what my daughter means to me, what she has accomplished, and continues to accomplish. Now I get the joy of watching her blossom into an independent young lady."
— Damon, supervisor, reflecting on being a father to a daughter in today's world.
"I often think about what I would tell my younger self. I would say 'you are enough, you can accomplish your dreams and anything you set your mind to.'"
— Jenny, lean engineer, reflecting on advice she shares on being a woman in today's society.
In 2015, Parker Hannifin launched its first business resource group to assist in changing the representation and inclusion of women in the company's workforce. Named Peer W, the group supports the recruitment, development, and retention of women at Parker. Peer W has chapters throughout the globe and more to come.
Exotic and Parker are proud to celebrate Women’s History Month, International Women’s Day, and recognize the women whose contributions built a solid foundation, the present-day achievements, and the women of tomorrow who will build future success.
This article was contributed by the Human Resources Team at Exotic Metals Forming Division.