Gladys graduated from The University of Arizona with a MS in Engineering Management (2016) and a MS in Mechanical Engineering (2014). She earned a BS in Industrial Engineering in Mexico. Gladys serves as a Senior Manufacturing Engineer at Abbott, acting as a liaison between Engineering and Operations. At Abbott, she is the Founder and Chair of the Women in STEM Portland Chapter, the creator of the Key Behaviors Reward Program, and the leader of the quarterly Red Cross blood drive.
As the President of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Oregon Chapter, Gladys is focused on empowering her team to work cohesively to reach their full potential. With her team she works to create a psychologically safe environment where all can bring their authentic selves to allow creativity to flourish, to better support the LatinX community in STEM. Gladys is a strong advocate for racial and gender equity. She is committed to bringing awareness about biases, bullying and micro-aggressions in the workplace, and to eliminating these negative behaviors by sharing her personal experiences as a woman of color in engineering. Her passion is to help create a kinder society in which the BIPOC community can bloom and feel safe at work. She serves on the board of two non-profits in her community; SHPE Oregon and Lake Oswego Transitional Shelter Ministry (LOTSM). Nature is her happy place; it cleanses her mind & spirit after long work weeks. She loves hiking, backpacking, and camping in beautiful OR & WA. Community engagement, D&I at work and paying it forward are close to her heart.