Ruth Gordon Kennedy
Regional Human Resources Leader
Owens Corning

“I’m passionate about manufacturing because I get to work closely with highly engaged individuals that produce an essential, quality product. It’s a challenging environment, with leaders who have purposeful plans to develop talent throughout employees’ careers and encourage ongoing community giving. There is no better choice than working in manufacturing!”

As Regional Human Resources Leader, Ruth serves Owens Corning’s Irving Roofing and Asphalt Plants, as well as the Oklahoma City Asphalt Plant. In this role, she provides employee relations support to nearly 300 employees across three plants, and leads training and development initiatives that touch many more. Ruth’s efforts have led to the development of a regular communication format showcasing the best training and development practices from across the globe. She has also helped develop a skills matrix, a key roles database, and standard plant master plans for structure and tracking. For the first time, the Owens Corning Roofing business has developed a tremendous training network to help its plants succeed in upskilling employees. 

Ruth is continually elevating the Irving Roofing Plant’s status as a hub for early-career talent. She takes the time to participate in interviews, develops onboarding and orientation plans, and helps new employees with career planning. Ruth is tenacious about developing a diverse and inclusive atmosphere in her plants. Almost half of the early-career talent in Irving is now female, and through Ruth’s efforts, these women are receiving excellent growth opportunities. Also a key member of Owens Corning’s African American Resource Group, Ruth uses this platform to coach, encourage and inspire African American talent within the company.

In her community relations role, Ruth has focused on three core areas: education, housing and civic engagement. In education, she has led members of the Irving leadership team to mentor students at a nearby elementary school. In housing, she has successfully engaged fellow employees to contribute time to Owens Corning’s ongoing work with Habitat for Humanity. With regard to civic engagement, under Ruth’s guidance, the Irving plant participates in several local charity events and food drives.

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