Principal Engineer - Continuous Improvement, KPS
Kohler Power Systems
"I love watching our product come to life. It is incredibly satisfying to be part of the team that assures that production is done safely, at the highest level of quality, and as efficient as possible."
Carla has been a leader since she arrived at Kohler Power Systems 10 years ago, leveraging both her technical and interpersonal skills through a range of roles. In her current function, she and her team are developing the strategy and implementing the plan for lean manufacturing deployment in the company’s plants. Carla’s passion to continuously improve products and processes, and her past performance, make her a driving force in the company. In previous roles, Carla demonstrated leadership and facilitation skills, and built important relationships that resulted in delivering business objectives.
She has excelled at identifying and hiring talented associates who she then mentors to become valuable contributors. She was instrumental in hiring and mentoring several engineering co-ops who later were hired for permanent positions, and flourished. Carla has also been successful at mentoring individual contributors into managers by sharing her own experiences with them.
In addition to her leadership role at the company, Carla is a leader within her community. She volunteers with a program that provides help to students in resume writing and interviewing, including conducting mock interviews. She was also involved in Project GRILL (Growing Readiness In Learning & Leading), a program that teaches local high school students about manufacturing. Her presence has been recognized so much so at the community level, that she has been asked by her local school district to help develop a curriculum for their technical areas. Carla has been supportive of a range of company-sponsored community improvement projects. She also focuses her efforts on women’s health initiatives and for the last three years has been involved with “Pink Out,” a breast cancer fundraiser in her local high school.