Fierce: showing a heartfelt and powerful intensity
As part of her ongoing research into work, leadership and modern womanhood, Eleanor recently had the opportunity to interview Lynzie Nebel. This Charlton, Massachusetts-based plastics engineer shared fantastic insight on how up and coming women can authentically position themselves for success through strategic networking and by developing solid relationships with experts in your industry. She also highlighted the importance of pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone to try out new (and bigger!) opportunities. Read on for more details on how this Fierce Woman of the Week succeeds in a man's world.
What I do for work: I'm a Project Engineer. I oversee projects from launch through production start while working closely with internal groups to meet customers’ timing and quality expectations. All of this while providing engineering support for design for manufacturability, tool design, and process implementation.
3 words my friends would use to describe me: Quick-witted, sassy and resourceful
My vision of a perfect Saturday: A nice early morning walk (before anyone else is out and about), then a big gigantic lunch followed by watching old movies on the couch. Wine included.
My top 3 personal or professional WINS from the last month: 1. Negotiating my insurance for a lower rate. I hate confrontation or any sort of haggling, but this really paid off. 2. Getting a customer to consult with me first instead of going to other people in my company. 3. Setting up some processes at work that have had some huge (time-saving) benefits.
My 2-sentence definition of success: Being uncomfortable in a situation. If you're comfortable that means you've plateaued.
The most courageous thing I did in the last year: Change jobs. I didn't think I was qualified (and technically I didn't fit the job description perfectly), but I took the leap and I'm in a great position with so many opportunities.
The advice I would give my younger self: I would tell myself to stop fearing so many things. Nothing turns out as bad as you build it up to be.
A book that changed my life: Great Gatsby. It's a classic for a reason.
What change are you working to create in your life, community or through your work: I'm trying to find a way to encourage young women to become interested in plastics and to drop the stigma of "bad plastics". There's so many positive life-changing things that are a direct result of plastic, but people tend to focus on negative (and often over exaggerated) media posts.
My 2-sentence definition of leadership: Knowing if you're the right person for a task, and if not, knowing who is.
The best career advice I ever received: "Don't clean your nails during meetings". Sounds simple and kind of trivial, but it's about how you present yourself when you're in a group with customers and upper management.
The two most important strategies I have used to build my career: 1. Always have a brain trust you can consult with or come to when you need help.
2. Keep faking your confidence until you become confident. No one can tell the difference anyway.
My most powerful self-care tool: Watching old movies, tasting new craft beers, playing the viola, and crossfit
The three people, dead or alive, I'd most like to have join me for lunch: Zelda Fitzgerald, Lucille Ball, & Margaret Mitchell
Where to find me online: LinkedIn
Want more Advice Like this?
Sign up and follow me on Facebook to get more advice on achieving the personal and professional success you deserve!