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Making the best of the immediate job in hand will open future opportunities – and most likely some opportunities I never thought possible.

My ambition is to climb the technical ladder, which will take time, patience and determination. It is not uncommon to see women in Afton or the wider chemical industry filling management or technical roles but I know, from my own experience the surprise that professionals from other sectors show upon learning what I do for work. Individually no one person can change these perceptions but my advice is to not get overwhelmed by the wider picture.

If you believe you can achieve within the lubricants industry, give it a go. It takes belief in yourself to succeed, although a few cheerleaders along the way can’t hurt!


and qualify lubricants and specialty fluids. I made a big change at that point in my career and I moved from Technology to the Sales and Marketing team.”

Here, Crosby’s roles ranged from being a Global Account Manager to an Advisor to the President, where she led several key strategic projects. Ultimately coming full circle, she returned to the technology side of the business where she has led every Oronite product line at some point in her career. “By being fortunate to change jobs every 3 years during my career, I have been able to grow the diversity and depth of my skills, as well as develop my passion for additives along the way.”

But Crosby admits there were moments on her journey where she felt uncomfortable, “I generally thought that if I was given a new role, I could surround myself with bright people and learn from them to get the skills to do the job well. Chevron provides a great atmosphere for growth and diversity, so I never felt that I had any big obstacles to overcome outside my own self-doubt!”

Teri Crosby is Global Manager, Automotive Engine Oils and Viscosity Modifiers at Chevron Oronite.

With nearly three decades of experience in the additives industry, Teri Crosby has served in a variety of roles ranging from the technical side of the business to sales and marketing. Currently, she leads a large Products and Technology team located in every corner of the world. While her home base is Richmond, California, Crosby is often on the road in all parts of Europe, Asia and the Americas, visiting with team members or customers.

“My early days in Oronite were spent in Information Technology as a statistical consultant before taking advantage of an opportunity to move to Rotterdam to lead the technology group that developed marine additives. My admiration for formulating really started during those days in the marine team and I loved living abroad. On my return to the USA, I was responsible for Information Protection, Product Stewardship, the statistical consultants, and all our bench and analytical labs around the world. This gave me the background in all the tests we use to develop


So given that it’s ok to feel uncomfortable at times, what other advice would Crosby give to young women in the additives industry? “Jump in, work hard, and have a bit of fun along the way. It’s a dynamic industry with lots of challenges to keep you interested. And keep a close eye on balancing work and personal time to keep yourself healthy.”


In 2019, the Women’s Engineering Society (WES)will be celebrating its centenary year. Founded in 1919, its mission is to promote and inspire young women to consider science and engineering based careers through the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Clearly, the impact and potential benefit for our own lubricants’ related industries will be very welcome. The female force is definitely with us, and something that Lube will continue to report on in future issues.

Andrianne Philippou

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