Regina Locklear
Business Development Director 
Cooper Standard

“I am passionate about manufacturing because it is the lifeblood of most industries. It's what created the middle class and keeps people employed in our country.”

In her first role at Cooper Standard, Regina led the team that created and globally launched Cooper Standard’s Layered Process Audit (LPA) tool; a quick, efficient and mobile method for employees to input daily quality and safety information into a system where results can be easily accessed and analyzed. Previously, Cooper Standard’s process audits were conducted manually, which made follow-up and continuous improvement challenging. The LPA tool has been a game changer and it is now a key element in Cooper Standard’s world-class manufacturing system.

When Regina joined Cooper Standard in 2014, she, along with the help of some female coworkers, founded the Company’s affinity group for women, called WISE (Women, Inspire, Support, Enrich).  The WISE group focuses on women’s initiatives, community service and encouraging young women’s interest in STEM and manufacturing careers.  WISE members have volunteered at the S.A.Y. Detroit Center where they work with underserved youth on STEM learning-activities. WISE members have also conducted STEM day camps at organizations like Junior Achievement of Southwest Michigan and Haven, a domestic violence shelter. Regina most recently started working with displaced girls from Vista Maria, a safety shelter, to help these young women begin to rebuild their self-esteem and focus on their future, including career goals.

Much of Regina’s passion to work with young women stems from a tragic personal loss. Early in 2018, Regina’s 16-year-old daughter, Darian, died in car accident while riding to hockey practice with her teammate. After her death, students from all over contacted Regina to share stories of Darian’s many acts of kindness and generosity throughout her young life.  This inspired Regina to create a non-profit foundation in her daughter’s name, called the Darian Locklear Project.  This foundation focuses on teaching 4th – 6th grade students about the importance of kindness and inclusion. They have also started the Darian Locklear Kindness Scholarship to be awarded to one or two senior students from Brighton High School in Michigan, where Darian would have graduated from in 2019.  Additionally, since Darian both loved and played girls’ hockey, the foundation has created the Darian Locklear Memorial Hockey Grant, which awards $10,000 - $15,000 annually to a few young, female hockey players so they can pursue their dreams of playing college hockey.

Regina plans to further develop and expand her daughter’s foundation to promote kindness amongst the younger generation.  She also plans to write a book about her life experiences, focusing on her daughter’s legacy of kindness and how it changed so many lives.

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