Leah Kunzelman
Plant Manager  
Eaton Corporation

“Manufacturing molds raw plastic, raw metal, raw ideas into solutions for everyone. High tech manufacturers have the precision to make components that can be inserted into your body to help your heart beat. That's the power of manufacturing!”

Leah began her career at Eaton as a planner in the company’s vehicle business. Since then, she has held progressively challenging positions such as Supply Chain Manager and Operations Manager, and was recently promoted to Plant Manager of one of the company’s larger aerospace plants, in Beltsville, MD, with annual sales of $160M and more than 450 employees. Leah’s focus on high performance and personal drive have made her an invaluable asset to the company.

As a natural leader, Leah creates teams that want to continuously learn and improve. She does this through transparency and receptiveness, and by encouraging discussion and debate. She also proactively addresses cultural and performance issues within the organization, encouraging an open team environment that allows for strong alignment when approaching different situations and opportunities. As a result of Leah’s leadership, the Beltsville site's operational and financial performance improved within her first six months as Plant Manager. Its safety, productivity and cost out have shown favorable trends as well.

Leah is extremely active in mentoring future leaders and supporting young talent at Eaton. In addition to holding regular one-on-one mentoring sessions, Leah values diversity within her team and proactively drives an inclusive work environment. Over the last three months, the site's participation in Eaton Resource Groups has increased from fewer than 10 members to more than 114.   

Leah leads by example by participating with Eaton teams that partner with the community. She has been involved in the company’s United Way Days of Caring at all of the sites where she has worked. Leah has also helped coordinate the collection of toys, food and personal hygiene items to be donated to local charities at Christmastime. She currently volunteers with the Beltsville community involvement team to do D.C.-area cleanups. She is also an active participant in STEM mentoring and events.

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