Break Boundaries in MSP
Engineer, General Mills
What problem(s) are you working to solve?
I work at General Mills on new products, and we serve the world by making food people love. Food that you can feed your family conveniently, nutritiously – even joyously.
What makes the Minneapolis and Saint Paul region (MSP) a great place to grow your career?
There are a wide variety of job opportunities within the community. There are also so many great opportunities to grow your skills, including outside of work through the variety of colleges and universities and the plethora of professional organizations—the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is one example.
Additionally, MSP is a wonderful place to live life, which is an important balance to your career. Whatever your passions are outside of work, you can make it happen here and find your tribe who share your interests.
What do you think surprises people about MSP?
There are three things. First, MSP has all the work and play opportunities that other big cities have. Many people that I’ve met from the coasts are surprised by all that MSP has to offer—arts, athletics, entertainment, food, jobs, outdoors, etc. Second, MSP has a wonderful change of seasons that is so much more than just the cold winter, and with that brings a natural progression of fun events and activities. You never get bored because the continual changes bring you something new to spice things up. Third, when it comes time to take a vacation instead of a staycation, the MSP airport is a great central location to get to any spot in the U.S. for a long weekend or full week.
What advice do you have for women engineers starting in their careers?
Regularly communicate what you are interested in. If you don’t make others aware of what you are passionate about, you may miss out on those opportunities. This includes not being afraid to ask for support to take on outside leadership opportunities, like the financial and time support needed to be a leader with SWE.