Challenging Yourself to Reach New Limits

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The Stelvio Challenge

On June 24, two Jabil Joules from Jabil Ukraine successfully completed the Stelvio Challenge in Bormio, Italy. These two ladies were among a group of 15 male colleagues from Jabil sites in Hungary, Italy, Ukraine and Poland. The journey was not without its challenges, as this was a 23 km ride with a steep 7.1 percent incline up to Passo dello Stelvio located at 2760 meters. The purpose of the challenge was to raise money for the Soccorso Clown Onlus organisation, which brings together and unites the professions of circus and theatre operators in order to make the lives of sick children and their families in hospital more fun and exciting.

Determination

Yana Artemovska and Olga Shmigelska were two females from the Jabil Europe team to take part in the challenge. In fact the determination they displayed was described as “a challenge not with others, but with yourself,” said Yana.  She had no doubts about taking part in the challenge as she has been a keen biker and sporting fanatic since childhood. Yana often attends the gym with fellow Jabil employees and rides for two to three hours around three to four times per week as this is a hobby she is extremely passionate about. Olga regularly cycles and runs in her spare time also and has been passionate about biking ever since she learned how to ride.

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Yana started training from the moment she received confirmation of the challenge and began riding even more regularly after work. She believes that sport makes her feel so much better and healthier and allows her to perform much better whilst at work. Yana suffers from asthma, which made her even more determined to complete the challenge to prove to herself that she could lead a normal and healthy lifestyle despite the illness. Making time for hobbies is essential in having a healthy mind as well as body. The Jabil team received huge encouragement and support to take part in the challenge as sport is important in building good relationships both in and outside of work. Olga thinks that Jabil makes being involved in sport very easy creating conditions for everyone who wants to be healthy with facilities such as a swimming pool, gym and numerous sporting events.

Challenging Yet Rewarding

Having the support from the rest of Jabil, from operator level all the way up to corporate level was very encouraging for the two ladies. “In order to complete the challenge, you needed good physical form as there was no downhill or flat sections – the whole race was at an uphill gradient,” said Yana. She knew there was no choice but to reach the top. Olga stated that it was the biggest challenge she had ever faced, but she is not used to giving up. The determined attitude displayed by both ladies allowed them to successfully complete the Stelvio Challenge. There was a lot of support given during the challenge, even from fellow participants who offered water and snacks. The team working skills exercised during the challenge is another reason that Jabil is incredibly proud of all their participants.

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Advice to Fellow Women

Yana encourages every female to get involved in at least one sport as “there is nothing to be afraid of because you feel support from everyone. I only felt good emotions throughout the challenge.”  Olga’s advice to fellow women is “do not give up! The feeling of winning dominates fatigue and gives you immense confidence and happiness.” These two ladies are an inspiration to women in sites globally to take part in sport and fun challenges outside of work as it can be a very confidence boosting and a rewarding experience.

The Results

This was a fantastic opportunity for our two Jabil Joules to not only challenge themselves to new limits, but to raise money for a great cause. Their passion and determination to succeed is what made this event a huge accomplishment. Thanks to the participation of 215 cyclists and corporate sponsorship such as Jabil’s, the Soccorso Clown Onlus organization raised more than 30,000 euros, exceeding their fundraising goals.

Yana Artemovska is 23 years old and a buyer for Jabil Uzhgorod, Ukraine. She studied International Relations at Uzhgorod National University and graduated in 2015. During her final year at the university she completed her final year placement within the department of planning and purchasing at Jabil. Within weeks of graduating she was offered a full-time position as a buyer and has now worked at Jabil for more than one year. The fact that Jabil is one of the most respected companies to work for in her region is what attracted her to the manufacturing industry. She enjoys riding and attending the gym and has been involved in sports since childhood.

Olga  Shmigelska  graduated from university in the faculty of applied maths and economics and has been working at Jabil Uzhgorod since 2008. She began her career at Jabil as an industrial engineer and is now an accountant. Olga believes that Jabil is a great place to work and has given her an excellent experience. She enjoys running and cycling in her spare time.

Ruth Maciver: Leading Lady of Logistics

pasted image 0 (4)Historically, the movement of freight was physical logistics: horses, rail and ships. As technology advanced, a divide occurred between physical logistics (involving the movement of goods manually) and machines and driving trucks.

Today the management of these freight movements requires a wide variety of skills including organization, multi-tasking, relationship building and storing lots of unconnected information in until it’s needed. Ruth Maciver, Jabil’s European Logistics Director, says communications skills are also crucial in logistics roles.  “Building relationships between customers and suppliers and using time management skills, ensures that you are giving your customers what they want when they want it,” says Ruth.

“I believe women are capable of focusing on even the smallest details where money can be saved and dig down to find ways of improving the situation – this probably comes from home management. My grandmother would say to look after the pennies and the [British] pounds will look after themselves,” says Maciver. In the logistic environment, data is used to identify cost saving opportunities and you cannot be afraid of digging into a particular problem until you find the real root cause and then focus on fixing it.

“Watching the situation in the logistic market, I believe that as technology improved, there has been a gradual move away from almost wholly male dominated environment to one with a definite divide between the hard physical, manual work and the support structure needed behind the scenes,“ says Ruth.

Attracting women to fields such as logistics or supply chain remains a challenge for many organizations, including Jabil. Ruth is dedicated to making a difference and serves as a role model.  She also leads by example by building diverse teams and hiring and developing strong women working in and managing our logistics departments. Ruth’s passion for logistics continues to draw more females into these roles.

Ruth’s first job in logistics was as an analyst where she developed analytical tools that are used to identify inefficiencies and opportunities. Ruth became a Sales and Distribution subject matter expert when she took part in a company-wide enterprise resource planning implementation at the Apollo Computer company. This position gave her an opportunity to travel, meet new people and served as a good grounding in all supply chain disciplines. She admits that even now she still learns something new at work every day such as calculating local taxes or how to get freight into Nigeria. “How could that not be exciting? I’m dealing with places most people only glance at on a map,” she says.

Thirty years later, Ruth has seen a lot of changes in the logistics tools that are used, but she says that the basics have stayed the same. Good processes, good supplier working relationships and good customers communication make all the difference.

“I love working with younger people in our organization, who have enthusiasm and a thirst for knowledge and I think we have some great people coming up behind us and I would love it if more were women,” says Ruth.
Ruth Maciver is Jabil’s European Logistics Director. She joined Jabil in 2003 as a European Logistics Manager. Prior to Jabil, Maciver has held various logistics, customs compliance and customer service roles with Hewlett Packard, Philips, Motorola and Solectron.  Ruth holds a Master of Arts in History and English from the Aberdeen University in Scotland and various international trade and logistics certifications.

Jeannette Güttler: Never Give Up

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Early years

Jeannette was born in 1969 and grew up in East Germany. She finished high school and started her secondary education as a weaver in the textile industry.  After the reunification of Germany  in 1989, she moved to South Germany. Shortly after her maternity leave, she returned to work collecting experiences in different areas, from metal industry to retail and injection molding.

Journey with Nypro

Jeannette joined Schlosser (acquired later by Nypro) in February 2006. After eight weeks working in production as an operator, she got the chance to work in serial inspection control. After working in that area for three years, she knew that she wanted to work in the quality field. Her supervisor saw her capabilities and promoted her to quality control where she worked for another three years. While working in those areas and roles, she gained know-how and in 2011, she decided to take the next steps to further her career. She started training to become a quality assistant, a quality management representative including internal auditor, and finally she received the promotion of becoming a quality manager. This accomplishment was completed  in one year, and it was only possible with the support from her family and friends who helped during that time.

Diversity

Achieving greater gender diversity starts with education. If children see it in their daily life at home that everyone is treated equally and supportive of each other, it helps. If a girl always hears she needs to become a nurse or should only play with dolls, instead of being told she can be anyone she wants when she grows up that could limit the goals she sets for herself. Many prefer to play outside and build forts and grow up to become architects.

Her advice

Jeannette is an optimistic woman, full of joy for life, determined in her job and a reliable colleague. She took many risks to achieve that goal from financial to personal. She worked more hours in order to save up for further education at school. She had to make the decision to either take vacation or work those hours to be able to go to school. Also having not enough time for the family – when there was another exam coming up, she had to stay focused and study for it. With the support of her family and colleagues, she did it and accomplished her goals.

“Don’t wait too long” and “Always keep trying” are Jeanette’s mottos.It was not easy at times to start training and learning again, so when asked one thing she would change, she probably would have started earlier or as soon as she knew she wanted to have a career in quality. She also took her father’s advice who used to say: “Always work hard and set yourself goals. Even if you experience backlash, always move on and try to achieve your goals.”

About Jeannette

Jeannette Güttler is an Assistant Quality Supervisor at Nypro Germany. Jeanette joined Nypro in 2006, serving several roles across Nypro. Jeannette earned degrees as a Quality Assistant, Quality Management Representative, Internal Auditor and Quality Manager. Since 2014, Jeannette has been a team leader, and she is responsible for the serial inspection and quality control in building 2 of our sites.

What she likes about her job at Nypro is product diversity, customer relations and the implementation of new strategies. This whole diagnostic sector interests and fascinates her.

Together, we can make a difference – Jabil Joules launches in China, and the rest of Asia for that matter

FullSizeRenderThe brainchild behind the Jabil Joules initiative, Senior Vice President of Communications & Investor Relations Beth Walters shares how the Joules program is expanding into Asia. In Beth’s own words, read below to learn why this program is so personally important to her.  

 

 

In April 2016, we finally launched Jabil Joules in China as an exciting platform for female empowerment that brings women together to help each other learn and grow. Since launching this initiative in 2013, we have connected with a number of extraordinary women and seen an increase in female managers and leaders.

Understanding the unique cultural issues

During my numerous trips to China, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with many of our female employees, in private and in focus groups. These conversations have helped me understand some of the barriers the women in our workforce are facing and how we can overcome them.

For example, many of the women I spoke to said they still handle the bulk of family care responsibilities for their children, parents and husband’s parents. Life in China and many South Asian countries’ bustling urban centers may have changed dramatically in recent decades, but in many countries men are largely still expected to be the main breadwinner.

Nonetheless, I believe that if we work together to encourage and empower women, we can break down barriers and help our female colleagues to fulfill their potential and build flourishing careers at Jabil.

Educate, Mentor, Connect

In each of the markets in which we operate, Jabil Joules face a unique set of challenges. But in every region, education is a key component of the initiative, especially in places where public debate about gender equality is not as well developed as it is in the US. By educating people about the benefits of diversity, we can break down harmful stereotypes and other barriers inhibiting women from achieving their potential.

Mentoring is also important because it brings new perspectives to the table. Due to cultural norms in many Asian countries, many women tend to stay in the background and are less inclined to step forward to take on greater responsibilities and challenges. Mentoring can help women build their self-confidence, see the bigger picture and understand how they can contribute.

Crucially, Jabil Joules gives women the opportunity to share their experiences and explore career possibilities with other women. Being able to connect around topics such as achieving greater work-life balance, time management and parenting skills inspires women and helps them make more informed choices about how to advance their careers.

Outlook

Women across Jabil’s Asia network are already stirring up positive energy in our plants. I’m inspired by the enthusiasm many sites have shown in supporting Jabil Joules initiatives and launch events, such as the first Jabil Joules launch gathering event at Huangpu site on International Women’s Day, March 8th.

And this is just the beginning. There is so much more we can do at Jabil to empower our female colleagues to take on greater responsibility and play a bigger role in growing the business.

Diversity is powerful and via Jabil Joules, we are encouraging all Jabil employees to do their part to build a strong culture of inclusion and embrace diversity at all levels of our business.

Nypro Clinton Hosts First Jabil Joules Networking Event

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Seventeen employees from Jabil’s Nypro location in Clinton, Massachusetts, gathered for an informal networking event on Wednesday, May 11, as the site’s first Jabil Joules meeting. Similar to the already established Europe, Asia and Latin America programs, a North America Jabil Joules program is currently under development and the Clinton event was an example of an early success for the North America initiative.

The Clinton event kicked off with an introduction by Deb Grover, Director of Finance, Healthcare; Elissa Boisvert, Senior Director of Global Legal Affairs; and Amy Beamer, Senior Director of Financial Controls. Each shared insights into their backgrounds, careers at Jabil and Nypro and leadership expertise.

Following the introductions, attendees were asked to provide feedback on future Jabil Joules-themed events and activities they would be interested in attending. Potential ideas included Power Hour events, lunch meetings and networking happy hours. In addition, handouts and recommended reading materials, focusing on gender equality in the workplace and leadership best practices, were provided to attendees.

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Led by Beth Walters, Senior Vice President of Communications & Investor Relations, the Jabil Joules initiative began in 2013 at Jabil’s Corporate Headquarters in St. Petersburg with the launch of the women’s leadership blog, followed by the coordination of several Power Hour events.

Nypro Clinton is one of the first Jabil locations, outside of St. Pete, to localize the Jabil Joules initiative in the North American region, with a goal of holding meetings 4 to 5 times a year. Deb, Amy, Elissa and Mary Venuti, Executive Assistant, are leading the program in Clinton as the Jabil Joules champions for their site and are currently planning future events as part of the larger corporate initiative.

“Everyone had a chance to network with someone new at Nypro, which is pretty amazing for those of us that have been at the company for more than 10 years,” said Deb. “We generated some creative ideas on next activities and I am looking forward to seeing how we progress as a team on this endeavor going forward.”

If you’re interested in becoming a Jabil Joules champion for our North America region or if you’re seeking more information on how to localize Jabil Joules events at your site, reach out to jabil_joules@jabil.com.