Marissa Badenhorst
Maintenance & Reliability Manager
Chevron Corporation
Pascagoula, MS

“I am passionate about manufacturing because it has and will continue to be the backbone of growth. It is the people in manufacturing that can affect real change in the world around them. Manufacturing has the ability to change the face of communities forever.”

Marissa Badenhorst began her career 16 years ago as a refinery process engineer in South Africa.  As a result of her technical and interpersonal skills, she has reached a level of leadership and responsibility that very few women in the refining industry have achieved.  Today, she is Refinery Maintenance and Reliability Manager at Chevron’s largest facility, where she manages approximately 500 employees and 450 contractors and a $155 million budget, while maintaining world class safety performance. 
Marissa is recognized as being approachable, knowledgeable, hands-on, fair and supportive while challenging her team to reach new heights. She has led and inspired her teams to find improvement initiatives valuing millions of dollars in each role that she has taken.  Her expertise is highly regarded throughout the Chevron refineries, and she has been asked to participate in reliability reviews at other refineries. 
Marissa is an active mentor through the Women's Network Mentoring program and has mentored female operators, engineers and first line supervisors. Her experience uniquely qualifies her to mentor women from a variety of roles and backgrounds, and she embodies the values associated with The Chevron Way.
Marissa also actively participates in a number of refinery-led community service projects through the Chevron Humankind Program. Chevron is the largest employer in Mississippi and provides the highest level of donations and volunteer hours in the community. Marissa is the sponsor of the local Habitat for Humanity project, participates in the annual Relay for Life event benefiting the American Cancer Society, and supports Backpack Buddies, which collects backpacks and school supplies for children in the local school districts.  Marissa also participates in STEM outreach programs focused on cultivating tomorrow’s leaders.

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