Jennifer Wick has always had lofty career aspirations.
“When I was a little girl, I wanted to play major league baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals.”
Wick is the Director of HR, Innovation and Safety & Quality Shared Services for Caterpillar's Industry Solutions, Components & Distribution Division.
While her career never included a residency at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, she says her internship with Caterpillar in 1998 opened her eyes to the professional path she was born to pursue.
“I realized I wanted to work for a global company, for an industry leader,” said Wick.
Since her start with Caterpillar, Wick has held a variety of leadership positions, including Lead HR Manager for the enterprise’s Global Mining Sales and Support Division. She also served as the Operations Supervisor at the company’s East Peoria, Illinois component factory early in her career.
“It was my first leadership experience with the company. It was the first job I had that put me close to our products and the people who build them.”
She credits her first overseas assignment as a member of the Caterpillar Production System EAME Deployment Team in Peterborough, UK for opening her eyes to different cultures and perspectives. It’s an experience that she says shaped her both personally and professionally.
“Caterpillar has a great legacy I'm proud to be part of,” said Wick. “It has offered me the opportunity to see the world, continually learn and grow my career.”
Wick feels diversity and inclusion are critical to developing the best team in any industry, especially in the manufacturing space.
“The most innovative ideas and solutions come when we bring together diverse teams, with different backgrounds and perspectives.” She adds, “It's important to have women in manufacturing to build those best teams - to drive the industry forward, to create new processes and technology, to innovate.”