Kristen Widunas: Setting the Standard for Women in Manufacturing

Kristen_Widunas-Headshot(Cropped)-4544Business leader, volunteer and mother: these are just three roles that can be used to describe Kristen Widunas, Business Unit Manager at Jabil St. Petersburg. She was recently recognized by the Manufacturing Institute as a 2016 Honoree of the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award, for her strengths as a female pioneer in manufacturing.

Kristen began her career with Jabil as a Quality Engineer in 2000 and quickly progressed to other job roles and responsibilities including Quality Engineering Manager and Systems Operations Manager. In 2011, Kristen was named Operations Manager of our St. Petersburg Defense and Aerospace manufacturing site.

Kristen, who earned a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, has been recognized and respected for her leadership in the adaptation of Lean tools and methodologies to ensure a strong culture of continuous improvement. She has developed a hybrid of training plans within her organization to improve employee onboarding and assimilation. In fact, her site achieved the highest Net Promoter Customer Loyalty scores at Jabil, thanks to consistently delivering world class customer service and product quality.

Leading by example, Kristen has a strong academic background, including a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Biochemical Engineering. Kristen has been a trailblazer in breaking down barriers and her ability to manage hundreds of employees and interact with customers while adapting to new technologies and concepts has set the standards high in St. Petersburg.

In her 15 years at Jabil, Kristen has has not only developed herself but has dedicated herself to the development of others. She has mentored numerous employees and has supported their advancement to other roles within the company. In addition, she regularly organizes internship and placement programs for students. Currently, Kristen and her team are developing a program that specifically focuses on females in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) from local elementary, middle and high schools.

Kristen is a role model for developing diversity through inclusive strategies within the company, with her leadership team consisting of 25 percent women and 19 percent minorities.

Aside from her role as a well-respected business leader and mentor at Jabil, Kristen’s most important role is being a mother of four. From attending Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings, where she serves as president, to coaching softball and watching gymnastics and basketball games, Kristen is a wonderful example of maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Congratulations to Kristen for receiving the 2016 STEP Ahead Award! Kristen is a sterling example to  all women in manufacturing.

3 Responses to Kristen Widunas: Setting the Standard for Women in Manufacturing

  1. Toni Jones says:

    Congratulations Kris…have really enjoyed working with you over the years…well deserved recognition. You add great perspective to every conversation, no matter the topic!

  2. Wendy Liu says:

    Very encouraging and inspiring!

  3. Agata says:

    Congratulations, Kristen! Well deserved! You are an inspiration to all of us!

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