AKRON (Jan. 28, 2004) — Profiles in Diversity Journal recently named two Goodyear executives, Kathleen T. Geier and Stephanie K. Wernet, as "women of initiative."
Ms. Geier, senior vice president of human resources, and Ms. Wernet, vice president of information technology, were featured in the magazine's second annual edition of "Stories from the Highest-ranking Women in Corporations and Government Organizations in America Today." The publication cited Ms. Geier's educational and occupational background as the "perfect backdrop" for shaping her diversity beliefs. Her degrees in biology and psychology have helped her to "create an inclusive workplace that goes far beyond looking at race and gender issues," according to the magazine.
"Mine was a career rich in opportunity, because of the willingness of Goodyear to embrace and promote a truly diverse working environment," Ms. Geier said of her career with Goodyear.
Ms. Wernet received high marks for her ability to keep the Akron tire maker on top of changing technology, the magazine said, noting "her ability to see ability in others is her strength."
"I strive to be a good listener," Ms. Wernet said in the article. "My fellow associates are the thought experts with the experience to make the right decisions for Goodyear. All I can do is ensure that their best ideas are heard, circulated and acted upon."