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International Day of Women in Engineeringfounded by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), celebrates its ninth year on June 23. It is a day to profile the best, brightest and bravest women in engineering: the inventors and innovators who dare to be part of the solution and are helping to build a brighter future in their roles as engineers.
At Whirlpool Corp., women in engineering bring a diverse perspective to innovation and improve home life for everyone. One way the company fosters its culture of innovation is by developing people on technical career paths and providing opportunities in engineering. One of those opportunities is Whirlpool Engineering Rotational Leadership Development (WERLD) Program.
For WERLD engineers Jeni Tyler, Senior Laundry Manager, and Erica Pinto, Sustainability Analyst, there weren’t many female engineers to look up to early in their careers. Data as of June 2021 shows that only 16.5 percent of engineers are women, according to the Women’s Engineering Society (WES).
“When I was getting my bachelor’s degree, it was very common to be one of the only ones, so I was used to it,” says Tyler. “Now I am more aware when there are a lot of women in the room. I was in a meeting where all the women were and I said, ‘Wow, this has never happened.’ This is not a meeting of the Society of Women Engineers or a meeting of the Whirlpool Women’s Network ERG. This is a business meeting,’ and I joked that we needed to record this moment.”
Pinto says that for her, choosing a career in engineering felt like a risk, as she didn’t see many other women in the industry. She added that women in engineering play an important role in building a community to help each other.
“I see more examples of women engineers around me at Whirlpool Corporation than I expected, and that keeps me going,” says Pinto.
imagining the future
“There are so many rewarding opportunities to make an impact in the world, and engineering is a great career to do that,” says Tyler. “My hope for the future is to continue to see more women in leadership roles and to continue to build a support structure for others to support and lead.”
Making an impact on other women’s careers is a future goal for Pinto. She says that another part is having an impact on the planet around us.
“I want to go home and see the impact I have at work,” says Pinto, “and continue to improve life at home for people and our planet by making sure all of our products continue to include the different types of custom homes. that we innovate That way, consumers can be sure that when they interact with our products, they are not negatively impacting our world.”
As a working parent, Tyler hopes to see more innovations in connectivity to help consumers become more proactive in approaching their tasks.
“For me, improving home life is about making life easier, like using connectivity,” says Tyler. “Connected devices help me manage tasks. In the laundromat, for example, notifications remind me to move wet clothes from the washer to the dryer. I hope that in the future we will continue to see innovations that will continue to help consumers get less involved in daily tasks and do them even faster.”
For more information on working at Whirlpool Corp., visit whirlpoolcareers.com.
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About Whirlpool Corporation:
Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is committed to being the world’s best kitchen and laundry company, constantly seeking to improve life at home. In an increasingly digital world, the company is driving purposeful innovation to meet changing consumer needs through its portfolio of iconic brands, including Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, JennAir, Indesit and Yummly. In 2021, the company reported approximately $22 billion in annual sales, 69,000 employees, and 54 manufacturing and technology research centers. Additional information about the company can be found at WhirlpoolCorp.com.
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