Cassadina (Cassie) Browning
My passion for manufacturing stems back to my childhood when my father would talk to me about his struggles as a machine operator. As a leader and engineer, I now have the opportunity to address frustrations others face through strong communication, empowering and connecting to all levels of the organization.”
Upon her hiring as a Quality Engineer by Stanley Black & Decker in November 2016, Cassie was immediately challenged to bring the company’s Shelbyville site up to new ISO Quality Certification standards. With minimal training in the new criteria, she led strongly from the start, leading to the site’s certification during its first audit in October 2017. Cassie has been an asset to other sites to help them attain this certification as well. Throughout these processes, Cassie’s engineering, communication, and collaboration skills have been invaluable in motivating cross-functional teams to work together for success. In May 2018, Cassie was promoted to Quality Supervisor in recognition of her achievements.
Cassie leads by example and often works with hourly employees on the production floor to improve product quality and streamline processes. Cassie’s father was a production worker, and she uses his experiences as lessons on how to listen and respond to the ideas and concerns of this group. As a result, she is viewed as a mentor by the company’s hourly workforce. Cassie also spends a significant amount of time mentoring other female engineers and professionals. Beginning her engineering career in 2011 as the first and only female engineer on her team, Cassie has personally overcome the perception that as a woman she could not contribute at the same level as male engineers. She proudly shares her insights and experiences to inspire other women within the organization to achieve their own career goals.
Cassie is involved in several community projects to help others. She supports the Scarlet Hope organization, which provides encouragement and support to women seeking to escape the adult entertainment industry and find meaningful employment. She was a team leader in this year’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk in Louisville. She also sponsors a child in Peru through the Compassion International program.