Rawls College faculty, students, and members of the Women in Business student organization were able to hear how Lorraine Stipek, senior director of Global Business and Operations at National Instruments (NI), overcame obstacles in order to become one of the most successful women in today's business environment.
Throughout Monday's luncheon, Stipek detailed the early stages of her career, how she transitioned within NI, and how she uses her experiences to be an effective leader. Additionally, she touched on the changing workforce, including how innovation and adapting communication styles will be the catalysts for success, and what steps women can take to become leaders in business.
After her presentation, she answered questions from the audience and offered advice based on her background. The topics ranged from seeking mentorship, positioning yourself for promotions, battling unfair work situations, and constantly developing and refining your skills.
"Lorraine's speech was just what I needed this week during finals. Hearing from other women in the business world is inspiring, and women like Lorraine Stipek remind us to be true to ourselves and work for what we want," Emily Latham, a senior marketing major, said.
About Lorraine Stipek
Lorraine Stipek, senior director of Global Business and Operations, leads operations strategy and drives business transformation to maximize the effectiveness of the worldwide sales organization. Her global teams create and manage sales process designed to enhance results in alignment to company strategy and industry best-practice. Lorraine's global focus has included the evolution of operational capability and performance through shared services and operational innovation to meet dynamic company, market and customer needs. Under her leadership, the mission of Global Business and Operations has been to optimize efficiency and increase customer satisfaction across business lines, and to manage the evolution from product-based technical sales to customer-based solutions.
Prior to her 14 years in Business Operations, she spent six years as a National Instruments sales manager in the Midwest and was a test engineer at McDonnell Douglas. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.
Since 1976, National Instruments has equipped engineers and scientists with tools that accelerate productivity, innovation and discovery. National Instruments' graphical system design approach to engineering provides an integrated software and hardware platform that speeds the development of any system needing measurement and control. The company's long-term vision and focus on improving society through its technology supports the success of its customers, employees, suppliers and shareholders.
To view more photos from the luncheon, visit the Rawls College Flickr account.This supports the efforts outlined in the Rawls College of Business Strategic Plan. Learn more about the LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan and follow our progress on Twitter at #RawlsLeads.