Marcia Lee Champion Profile

Marcia Lee, Human Resources Manager

DeKALB Molded Plastics

Alma Mater: Ball State University

How did you become involved in the plastics industry?

When I joined DeKALB Molded Plastics. I came to my first conference on my third day with DeKALB.

What is your favorite part about your current role?

Helping people is very rewarding. Being able to provide them with a solution or help them through an issue is what I am here for.

What has been your proudest moment at your current organization?

The number of things about DeKALB that make me proud are many. It is such a joy to work for an organization that takes into consideration the employees and the community with every decision that is made. Our owners have a heart of gold. Being part of these events is so rewarding.

At work, what are you most known for among your colleagues?

I am known as the Company Cheerleader. Always being positive and you never know when I will break into my happy dance.

How do you define success?

That's a big question. It can be as simple as knowing that an employee understands the reason behind an action. They may not agree with it, but they understand the "why" behind it. It could be as large as looking at your year and knowing that we all worked together and the success shows in the bottom line. There are examples of success each and every day.

What other groups or organizations are you active in?

NIHRA - Northeast Indiana HR Association. Been a member for over 20 years. I was on the board for over 13 years and a past president. Continue to attend meetings and conferences as well as network with the people in the organization. IN SHRM - participate in the annual conference in Indy. DeKalb County HR Roundtable

What is one thing about you that others would be surprised to learn?

I am more of an introvert than you think.

If you weren't in the plastics industry, what would you be doing?

I would be in Human Resources in manufacturing somewhere. I was just blessed to come to DeKALB Molded Plastics.

What is your favorite thing or story about the MAPP organization?

At last year's conference I was at a table with other HR professionals. We all passed our cards around and have formed a group that we can reach out to each other when we have questions or want to bounce an idea off of someone. I also love the call-ins where we can submit questions as well. Those provide a wealth of information too.

How have you received value from the MAPP organization? What are the greatest benefits you currently receive?

See the one above. MAPP has been a huge asset to me in getting information (surveys), networking, getting questions answered, having people to reach out too.