Bradley earned one of the institute’s 2017 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production (STEP) Ahead Awards, which she received April 20 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
The Manufacturing Institute has recognized Texas Refining Division General Manager Connie Bradley for making a difference through her advocacy, mentorship, engagement, promotion and leadership. Bradley earned one of the institute’s 2017 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production (STEP) Ahead Awards, which she received April 20 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
The STEP Ahead Award recognizes women in manufacturing as part of the Manufacturing Institute’s effort to address the gender disparity in manufacturing: women make up about 47 percent of the U.S. labor force, and only 27 percent of the manufacturing workforce.
But although Bradley says she’s honored to be recognized, she remains focused on the work itself. “The complexity of manufacturing makes teamwork and communication as essential as good engineering skills,” she said. “As a plant manager, one of my most rewarding responsibilities is to develop managers as they grow from good engineers to great leaders with balanced skill sets.”
Petrochemicals Marketing Manager Tracie McCall remembers when she first encountered Bradley’s skill as a developer of leaders. “Connie gave me one of the most critical performance reviews I’ve ever had in my 22 years with the company, and made it clear that every year the bar is raised in terms of expectations because you have more experience to draw from,” she said. “Once I got over the initial surprise and sting of the constructive feedback, I appreciated the truth of her words. She’s made me a better leader and inspired me to take the same sincere approach with my team and protégées.”
In addition to her skill as a mentor, Bradley’s award reflects her many accomplishments as head of a refinery and a leader in the Texas City community. Just a few of her accomplishments since taking the reins at the Texas Refining Division in 2007:
- Collaborating with her management team and union officials to create safety programs that dramatically improved the safety record at the plant
- Achieving OSHA Voluntary Protection Program Star Status in 2012
- Fostering a pervasive culture of diversity and inclusion
- Leading the refinery to win the President’s Award for Responsible Care® twice, the latest announced just last month
- Being an exemplary community leader through past and current roles. Just a few include:
President of the United Way Galveston County Mainland
Board member on the Texas City Independent School District Foundation for the Future
Chairman of the Texas City La Marque Chamber of Commerce and a director on its board
A director of the Gulf Coast Water Authority
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