Linda Wilkins, Human Resources Manager,
Alma Mater: Case Western Reserve School of Law
How did you become involved in the plastics industry?
In 2017, I was hired as the Manager of Human Resources for Ferriot, Inc. This was my first in-house position as an HR professional in a manufacturing environment.
What is your favorite part about your current role?
I love that no two days are the same, and each day presents new challenges and new opportunities for learning. This is a complex and competitive environment for both people and business, and I thrive on the challenge of trying to succeed in this arena.
What has been your proudest moment at your current organization?
I am proud of the new venues for recruiting employees that we are finding in a tight labor market. I am also proud of the team and leadership development activities that I have been a part of with our executive team, and the way they are getting stronger and evolving to grow the business and to thrive in a competitive environment.
At work, what are you most known for among your colleagues?
I hope it is for being relentlessly optimistic and positive! I take helping people seriously, but like to have fun at work.
How do you define success?
If I am building relationships and trust with my colleagues, and if I am able to handle difficult employee matters with compassion and respect, then I feel I am successful. To me, especially working in the people side of business, success is more defined by the quality of "how" work is done then by the metrics of "what" is done. In terms of business outcomes, success is about continuously getting better and learning more, and measuring our progress.
What book are you currently reading?
The Fearless Organization by Amy C. Edmondson
What other groups or organizations are you active in?
ConxusNEO, a workforce development non-profit in Northeast Ohio
What is one thing about you that others would be surprised to learn?
I listen to music in my car REALLY loud, and love to watch documentaries on Netflix. I also love to play games, but can be unpleasantly competitive!
If you weren't in the plastics industry, what would you be doing?
Consulting to executive teams about leadership and team development, and the full range of strategic HR functions.
What is your favorite thing or story about the MAPP organization?
Last year was my first MAPP conference, and I was a bit uncertain what being around so many plastic processors would be like! What I discovered is that this is a group of dedicated, intelligent and really great people! Salt of the earth, hard-working folks that I am proud to call colleagues. I appreciate that MAPP brings us all together in such a collaborative manner.
How have you received value from the MAPP organization? What are the greatest benefits you currently receive?
I find the HR Peer Networking calls valuable. Troy and his team are very responsive to questions and great at connecting me with helpful resources. I love Troy's passion for this group and his dedication to exceptional leadership and supporting us all in getting better at what we do. I really appreciation the spirit of collaboration that is embedded in MAPP.