As plant manager of the Huntley, Ill., location of Rohrer Corp., Julie Wancket focuses on the people and a culture of safety, positivity, respect, continuous learning and believing in all people. "From there," she said, "the numbers will come."
The guidance she gives her team and friends is to pick a passion and success will follow.
"The plastics industry is dynamic and always changing; each project is always new. For those team members who love change, plastics is the industry," Wancket said in her Women Breaking the Mold survey.
Wancket graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., with a bachelor's degree in marketing and economics. She served as president of Cardinal Packaging Products LLC of Crystal Lake, Ill., where she had one of her great career highlights.
"I implemented new programs to diversify our service offerings," she said. "Our revenue tripled, and we became an attractive acquisition target."
Wancket said her current challenge at the Wadsworth, Ohio-based thermoformer is "leadership transformation from command and control to servant leadership."
"Managing culture is an important part of my job, and building bridges across different teams is critical to building a strong culture," she said in her survey. "I lead many programs in my plant to help the team engage with each other. It helps create balance, break barriers and brings us all together."
Rohrer Vice President of Operations Steve Fifer nominated Wancket for Women Breaking the Mold.