Erika Hendricksen
Global EH&S Leader, Dow Coating Materials 
The Dow Chemical Company
Wilmington, IL

“For a gratifying career in manufacturing, your skills and values should align with the demands and rewards of manufacturing.  Manufacturing requires assertiveness, flexibility, collaboration, and attention to detail while maintaining a big picture perspective.  Above all, it requires a passion for people and problem solving.  The rewards are immense as you see your efforts produce tangible results.”

Erika has a history of leading successful Dow EH&S efforts that protect employees, the environment and local communities.  After her role as site leader for Dow’s Wilmington, IL, manufacturing plant, she led Dow’s Global EH&S Improvement, Learning and Training, and Reliability efforts.  Recently, she transitioned to a new role as Global EH&S Leader for Dow Coating Materials.  
Erika is a passionate leader who brings out the best in people, enabling them to accomplish amazing and sustainable results.  For example, she led the Wilmington site through a cultural and process transformation in which she redesigned the Dow and contractor workforce, improving employee morale and productivity while overseeing more than one million hours of injury-free work.  More recently, she spearheaded a new safety culture initiative for the corporation called “Drive to Zero – Live It!” in which employees are encouraged to live safely every moment of every day, and to achieve zero injuries and incidents.   She also facilitated a strategic EH&S improvement plan to prioritize and drive key EH&S projects.  
Erika was the 2012 Chair of the Three River Educational Partnership (TREP), a joint education/manufacturers partnership working to infuse STEM into classrooms.

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