Women In
Leadership

Caterpillar has set ambitious targets in several key areas to increase the mix of qualified, capable females across our enterprise to industry benchmark levels by 2022. These goals include increasing our total female workforce to 29 percent, a 9 percent increase over our current population, and the number of female leaders to 25 percent, a 6 percent increase over the current composition of our leadership.

Denise Johnson
Group President, Resource
Industries and Executive Sponsor of
Women in Leadership
Jenny Sample
Human Resources
Ramin Younessi
Vice President — Industrial Power
Systems Division and WIN
Executive Sponsor
Ebban Clause
Europe Marketing &
Sales Operations Supervisor
Azusa Ishida
Engineering Supervisor and
the first female supervisor
at the Akashi, Japan, facility
IWD Coordinators
Jon Metz
Marketing Development
Supervisor — M&D
Kristen Covey
Senior Lead for the 2017
Women in Leadership
Dealer Conference — Customer
and Dealer Support Division
Chad Bixby
Sales & Marketing
Manager — GCI
Maritza Vargas
Marketing and Sales
Operations Rep —
Western Canada Americas
and European Distribution Division
The focus of inclusion at Caterpillar is to inspire our employees to be open to new ideas, recognize their biases or barriers and continuously improve. When we build a diverse workforce we build the best solutions for our customers and we deliver the best results for our employees and shareholders. This is a cultural journey and one we will not stop exploring. When we invest in our people, we invest in Caterpillar holistically. Denise Johnson
Group President, Resource Industries and Executive Sponsor of Women in Leadership
People make a company successful, and without bright and diverse people, a company would stagnate and fall behind. That's why it is critical for Caterpillar to recruit in the STEM space in a unique way, such as supporting programs like Georgia Tech Women in Engineering, to recruit, invest in, and retain awesome people for an awesome company. Jenny Sample
Human Resources
Our job is to delight customers with our products and services and to deliver returns to the shareholders who have invested in us ... all of us.  We are successful leaders in the industries we serve because of our people. Our people are the heart of our business. Regardless of race, experiences, location or gender, when we seek out different points of view and experiences, we develop innovative solutions that make all of us more successful. We embrace talent and cultural initiatives like the Women's Initiatives Network (WIN) because we know that being inclusive is good for business. Ramin Younessi
Vice President — Industrial Power Systems Division and WIN Executive Sponsor
By focusing on Women in Leadership, we promote diversity of thought today, to secure our success tomorrow. Ebban Clause
Europe Marketing & Sales Operations Supervisor
It is thanks to my supervisor at that time that I decided not to leave the company to become a housewife. He was passionate about creating a good work environment for his employees, regardless of gender. If I had been advised to focus on my family and household instead, I might not be working for Caterpillar now. Azusa Ishida
Engineering Supervisor and the first female supervisor at the Akashi, Japan, facility
The diversity and creativity of our employees was on display in unique and engaging ways as business units and employee resource groups celebrated the accomplishments of women. The global celebration of International Women's Day provided an opportunity to continue the important conversations about diversity and inclusion and celebrate what it means to be bold for change. (L to R) Caitlin Maddock-Bahr, Melissa Comer, Jennifer Keffeler
IWD Coordinators
Regardless of gender or whether or not you're in a formal leadership position, we all have a responsibility to make sure we promote a culture where all of our employees feel they are seen, heard, and valued. Jon Metz
Marketing Development Supervisor — M&D
As I think about the Women in Leadership initiative, I reflect on how we are establishing a positive culture and environment now and for the future. Someday, my daughter Molly could come work for Caterpillar. Of course, I want her to have every opportunity to succeed in life. Entering a culture that values all opinions and diverse thought is where I would guide her to join the workforce. Chad Bixby
Sales & Marketing Manager — GCI
Women in Leadership is supporting culture change and the development of qualified women to become role models who can help attract and retain talent. At Caterpillar, we have the opportunity to have more qualified minority women in leadership that women with different backgrounds can relate to and see Caterpillar as a company where they can excel in their careers. Maritza Vargas
Marketing and Sales Operations Rep — Western Canada Americas
and European Distribution Division
The overall theme of this year's Women in Leadership Dealer Conference is Powering Change, to represent the empowerment and call to action we all have to create a more gender diverse workforce. The world is rapidly changing, and developing an increasingly diverse global team is critical for us to continue to remain on the forefront of innovation, increase our competitiveness and power future growth. We are excited to be on this journey in partnership with our dealers and customers to best position ourselves for future success. Kristen Covey
Senior Lead for the 2017 Women in Leadership Dealer Conference — Customer and Dealer Support Division