Lori Jafarjian
HR Manager
Cummins - Jamestown Engine Plant

"I believe that manufacturing is critical to our economy. Manufacturing careers provide family-sustaining incomes. Wages in manufacturing are mostly above other industries and our nation's wealth is closely tied to the manufacturing sector. Manufacturing offers plenty of career growth and opportunities, and provides individuals with challenging and rewarding careers."

Lori is passionate about employee development. She is a driver in matching business needs and the needs of the employees by analyzing the current and future state of employee development. She has been instrumental in working with the Jamestown Engine Plant Skilled Trades Apprentice program and has led the company’s efforts in staffing and recruiting of both professional and non-professional roles. Lori has also been working with the community to bring awareness to the Women in STEM program to educate young women about leadership opportunities in the manufacturing sector. 
Lori has served as both an informal and formal mentor to a new P-TECH program in the Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus footprint. She helps students make connections between the classroom and the workplace and coaches them on business-related success skills. Most importantly, she sets a high standard and inspires them to work toward great levels of achievement and performance. Lori is a fantastic ambassador for both manufacturing and for STEM careers, and receives positive feedback from her mentees that she helps make a difference.
Lori’s passion for educating children is evident in her roles on the Chautauqua County Education Coalition and Dream It. Do It. Western New York Middle School to High School Career Pathways Sub Committee. She strongly believes in creating a stronger awareness of manufacturing and the career opportunities available.  Lori also serves on the committee for Chautauqua County Young Women in STEM, a coalition that focuses on creating a network of female ambassadors who serve as role models to women who are just starting careers in STEM/manufacturing.  

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