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Industry Person of the Week- Maria Joaquin-Cunningham

Empowering Women in Industry
IPOW Maria Joaquin-Cunningham

Industry Person of the Week- Maria Joaquin-Cunningham

Our Industry Person of the Week is Maria Joaquin-Cunningham Operations Manager at Xylem Inc.

Q: How did you get started working in your field?

Maria: As a kid, I was always fascinated by science and ocean life. At the age of 14, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in marine biology. I obtained a degree in Marine Biology and Chemistry after completing my college education. My knowledge of chemistry helped me secure a job at a chemical company immediately after college. I worked my way up from being a chemist to a manufacturing manager, and finally an operations manager at Xylem, where I am responsible for overseeing the production of water pumps.

Q: What do you love the most about your job? What are you most proud of?

Maria: Working alongside operators to continuously improve processes, creating a safer environment and boosting productivity.

Q: What advice would you give to someone considering this line of work or new to the field?

Maria: Always strive to improve processes and feel comfortable on the manufacturing floor.

Q: Can you talk about a project you recently worked on?

Maria: I have been working on increasing production for one of our product lines. Collaborating with cross-functional teams across the company to provide customers with the best water pump solution has been rewarding.

Q: Anything else you would like to add?

Maria: It is important to encourage more women to pursue careers in manufacturing.

Connect with Maria on LinkedIn

THANK YOU, MARIA! WE LOOK FORWARD TO KEEPING UP WITH YOU THROUGH THE #PUMPTALK COMMUNITY!
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