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Meet Laura Mahany, Plant Manager, Air Liquide -- 2019 STEP Ahead Emerging Leader

  • 1.  Meet Laura Mahany, Plant Manager, Air Liquide -- 2019 STEP Ahead Emerging Leader

    Posted 03-11-2019 13:18
    Laura Mahany
    Plant Manager
    Air Liquide

    "Manufacturing is challenging and exciting. I love the collaborative environment and the opportunity to work with a variety of people to solve problems and work towards creative solutions. The feeling of accomplishment after solving a problem or troubleshooting an issue is very fulfilling to me."

    Laura began her career with Air Liquide in 2013 as part of the company's ALLEX program, which allows college graduates to rotate into different positions. When Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast in 2017, Laura had only been in her new role as Operations Manager at the Ingleside, TX facility for eight months. In the eye of a major crisis, including the plant's loss of power for five days, Laura's efforts were critical to maintaining the safety of employees, as well as communicating with customers. As a result, Laura was promoted to Plant Manager, and her team and the facility were awarded the CEO Safety Award in 2017 for outstanding safety performance. Laura's willingness to step up and lead throughout recovery efforts earned her the respect of employees and colleagues from around the world.

    Laura's abilities, experience and leadership have made her a "go-to" mentor for many women at Air Liquide. Through her participation in the company's women's networking and leadership resource group, ALWIN, Laura is mentored by Air Liquide CEO Sue Ellerbusch, and mentors other women within the organization. She also recruits top engineers at university and Society of Women Engineers (SWE) career events to increase female talent within the organization.

    While in college at the University of Texas in Austin, Laura worked with and mentored at-risk middle school children on a weekly basis. This experience sparked her desire to do more for children in need, and in 2015 she began volunteering at CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), which is a 501c3 organization that works hand-in-hand with the state to support and advocate for kids who are in the foster care system. Laura also organizes and participates in volunteering events for her team at Air Liquide, including the Texas Adopt-A-Highway program and the South Texas Food Bank.

    Victoria Vaccari
    Director, Women's Engagement
    The Manufacturing Institute
    Washington DC