Mary Beth Heydrick
Business Manufacturing Technology Leader
The Dow Chemical Company

Freeport, TX

“Success in Manufacturing is increasingly built upon the ability to collaborate, innovate, and to learn how to work with diverse perspectives while maintaining a “change ready” mentality. At the heart of this collaboration is learning how to listen to understand, and then translating this into actions that create value.”

In her current role, Mary Beth is responsible for translating business, technology and capital strategies to Dow plants and sites.  She collaborates with site personnel and plant leadership to ensure the availability of resources and technology to achieve operational excellence.  Over her twenty-four year career with Dow, Mary Beth has gained expertise in integrating and leveraging many different technologies.  From her early work as a Run Plant engineer through her various leadership roles Mary Beth has applied her education and technical expertise, and honed her people and process management skills to arrive where she is today, with responsibility for fifteen locations throughout the world.

Mary Beth is a certified Six Sigma green belt and black belt, which means she can lead projects using proven Six Sigma methodology and tools to solve problems and positively impact business metrics.  She is a mentor to many young engineers and leaders across the organization, committed to sharing her experiences and helping to develop young talent.  She has also served as a global Six Sigma Champion for the superabsorbent and ion exchange business.  As a supporter of the Women’s Innovation Network at Dow, she has hosted town hall meetings at Dow sites across the globe, including Louisiana, Texas and Terneuzen, The Netherlands to promote career paths at Dow.

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