2014 Women of Influence Honorees & Event Info! PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 February 2014 18:05


The Wabash Valley Women of Influence (WVWoI) is perhaps a natural progression to the Women's Professional group. The WVWoI event is designed to identify and recognize top women leaders in the Wabash Valley for their positive influence. This once-a-year event is being held again on April 10, 2014 at 7:30. The backdrop for the event is Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, the nation's oldest Catholic Liberal Arts College for women in the United States. This inaugural breakfast will feature keynote speaker Kristie West, Growth Playbook Leader at GE Aviation.





Judy Bengochea


Coral Cochran

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Deborah Elliot Kesler

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Marla Flowers

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Laurice Newlin

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Trudy Rupska

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Sally Stewart

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Kathleen Stienstra, MD

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Beth Tevlin

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Sister Denise Wilkinson, SP

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Donna Wilson

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Mary Yelton

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Our Guest Speaker: Kristie West, Growth Playbook Leader at GE Aviation

Kristie West


Kristie began her career with GE Aviation in 2005 as a Six Sigma Black Belt, supporting the overall capacity strategy for the Supply Chain Division. In 2006, she then was a Master Black Belt and Lean Manufacturing Leader for the Supply Chain where she owned the Lean Six Sigma strategy for all of the manufacturing sites globally to drive productivity and improve product lead times. In 2007, she moved on to lead the start-up of Batesville, MS where she led all initiatives throughout the construction of the facility, including the creation of the first team on the ground and established a high performance work team culture. In October of 2008, Kristie was the Plant Leader for the Terre Haute facilities. She had overall responsibility for manufacturing structural fabrications and component repair, as well, led the transformation of the culture for teaming, initiated volunteer programs in the community, and defined the future growth strategy. In 2011, Kristie was the CF6/GEnx Customer Programs Leader, owning contracts with 30+ airlines, MRO partnership agreements, and led a global team of Customer Program Managers, as well as led the Sales/Services integration of the CF6 & GEnx product lines. In September of 2013, Kristie became the Growth Playbook Leader for the Aviation Supply Chain which is 80+ locations in 19 countries, owning strategic planning and capital investment planning & execution across the business.


Prior to GE, Kristie had over 8 years of experience of progressive growth in leadership in manufacturing in automotive with Navistar and commercial HVAC with United Technology’s Carrier Corporation.


Kristie holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Purdue University’s School of Technology where she is a member of the Technology, Leadership, & Innovation Advisory Board. She and her husband Mat reside in Cincinnati, OH and enjoy playing golf, being Colts fans, and spending time with their families in Indiana (Fowler & West Terre Haute).


Presenting Sponsors

GE - WoI Logo  SaintMaryOfTheWoodsLogo  Regional Hospital  Vectren  union-small  Tribune Star - small


Underwriting Sponsors

ISU logo 2012 Blue no tag  Duke-Energy-Logo-4c  Jewett Printing



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