Tara Stewart
Vice President, Supplier Quality
Eaton Corporation 

“Manufacturing creates tangible value, taking raw materials and turning them into a product which ranges from a necessity for existence to something for entertainment, enhancing people's lives in innumerable ways. How can you not be energized by the possibilities?”

As Vice President of Supplier Quality for Eaton Corporation, Tara is transforming the supplier chain culture through a “quality first” approach. As part of Eaton’s TurnBarOne initiative, Tara helped centralize turn bar sourcing activities across the company’s Electrical, Vehicle, Hydraulics and Automotive businesses. By building strong relationships with supply chain leaders, she reinforced the need to fully assess and qualify a supplier prior to finalizing the contract. Despite additional processes, significant corrective actions were identified early enough to resource necessary parts and avoid delays to project timeline and savings. As a result, Eaton expects to remain on track for $30M cost-out from the company’s $450M turn bar spend in coming years. 

Tara is a steward for talent who maintains mentorship relationships with various members of the quality team. In addition to leading Eaton’s formal Quality Talent discussions across businesses and regions, she is involved in the hiring process for critical roles. Outside of Supplier Quality, Tara plays a key role in mentoring others through Eaton PRIDE, the company’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies Employee Resource Group (ERG). As Global Co-Lead of the group, Tara fosters awareness, respect and inclusion across Eaton facilities. Her leadership has led to an increase in the group’s PRIDE participation by 52 percent YOY—the largest growth experienced by any ERG. In her tenure, Eaton also received a score of 100 percent between 2016 – 2018 for the Corporate Equality Index (CEI). 

Within the community, Tara actively supports non-profits and serves on the board of organizations including Equality Ohio and the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation. Through Equality Ohio, Tara supports the Ohio Business Competes coalition, which is a nonpartisan coalition of 485+ businesses committed to achieving nondiscrimination policies at the state level. Finally, as a primary recruiter of Cleveland Allies, Tara helps plan events to encourage new member participation, honor notable allies and fundraise for future initiatives.

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