Gladys graduated from the University of Arizona with a M.S in Project Management in Engineering (2016), a M.S in Mechanical Engineering Thermodynamics (2014) as well as a B.S in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Mexico (2014). Gladys acts as liaison between Engineering and Operations. She works towards Operational Excellence through LSS Process Improvement and Change Management, while creating a culture of accountability and transparency. She is focused on Continuous Improvement because she believes that change is constant and that we should all learn to continuously evolve and adapt. STEM advocacy and D&I are close to her heart. She thrives by serving, supporting and leading D&I networks at work and volunteering in non-profits in her spare time. Proud to be founder and Chair for WSTEM Portland Chapter in Abbott’s employee network. In her free time, she enjoys hiking the beautiful Oregon and Washington terrain to clear her mind and soul after long work weeks. She practices Zen meditation to find balance and rest her mind. She plays tennis and likes kayaking in the Summer. Her Australian cattle dog Manolo and her Amazon parrot Lulu keep her busy when at home.