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communities. Students discuss their personal and educational concerns with Ms. Zielinski, who is a trusted confident and advisor.


Many engineers within Chrysler see Ms. Zielinski as a mentor as well, due to her effective leadership skills.


Ms. Zielinski has spent the last four years as part of the Chrysler family. Ms. Zielinski had successful positions at GM and Ford prior to joining Chrysler, and she has 19 years of industry experience. Her exceptional work ethic, desire to learn and ability to set an example for coworkers on the Uconnect team make her valuable to Chrysler.


She has a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from GMI Engineering & Management Institute. She also has a Master of Science degree in operations management from Kettering University.


Anna Yang EPM Manager Chrysler Group LLC


2014


She is a mentor in the IE mentoring program, and a member of the Chrysler Asian Network (CAN). She is also recognized as one of the most influential and helpful Chinese persons in the Detroit area.


In 1984, Ms. Yang earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Shanghai University of Technology. She came to America in 1990 with her husband to pursue educational and career opportunities. In 1993, she earned a Master of Science in manufacturing management from University of Toledo.


Melonie Parker Human Resources Director Lockheed Martin


s. Melonie Parker is currently the director of human resources for Lockheed Martin mission systems and training (MST). She has more than 16 years of professional experience, and several achievements that support Lockheed Martin’s business objectives. When she received a master’s in human resources from Villanova University, she knew exactly what she wanted to accomplish.


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nna Yang (Kunping Shu) has worked hard to hone her management skills, and become a respected leader


within Chrysler.


In 2013, Ms. Yang became the early product management manager for the advanced manufacturing engineering product group. It is a demanding position with many responsibilities. Ms. Yang accepts the challenge, and performs the job with determination and skill.


She is responsible for leading a cross functional team to initiate and develop proposals for product improvement. The position also demands that she is responsible for implementing and researching product standards to minimize plant losses and eliminate last-minute changes.


Since joining Chrysler in 1996, Ms. Yang has put her talent to good use.


As the central stamping operations industrial engineering (IE) lead, she lead a team that was able to improve die change time by 36 percent across the stamping organization. At the end of 2010, stamping time was 40.4 minutes. At the end of 2013, stamping time was 25.9 minutes. Her team also improved throughput by 20 percent by going from 368 hits per hour to 442 hits per hour.


Ms. Yang believes in the power of teamwork, and works diligently to guide her team to success. She also has a strong worth ethic, and is committed to excellence.


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Ms. Parker has worked in several positions dealing with human resources disciplines, including equal employment opportunity, diversity and inclusion, corporate staffing, human resources lead and workforce analytics and acquisition. One thing all of these roles have in common is that they allow Ms. Parker to help develop, train and mentor employees.


Currently, Ms. Parker manages a team of nine human resource business partners supporting the undersea systems line of business. Her responsibilities also include the business development and legal functional areas.


During her career, she has managed major workforce restructuring during difficult economic times. She has also facilitated change management across her client areas. Ms. Parker leads the human capital strategy for MST. This includes leading a cross-functional HR strategy team that focuses on attracting the best talent to meet business goals and objectives.


Ms. Parker would like to inform more African-Americans about the career opportunities at Lockheed Martin. To accomplish this, she spends time connecting with students at historically Black educational institutions. She is instrumental in recruiting key talent from historically Black colleges and universities. Her personal efforts at Hampton University yielded a 55 percent offer rate for students interviewed for intern and full-time entry-level employment.


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