Amy Zaban is a Senior Manager of Operational Excellence at Thermo Fisher Scientific and a Professional Volunteer helping our members who are focused on the Advanced Manufacturing skills pathway. With Advanced Manufacturing poised as our newest career program offering at Rung, we wanted to spotlight Amy, her role, and her professional volunteer experience with our organization.

What is your current role at Thermo Fisher Scientific?

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, I work in a department called Business Excellence. One of my responsibilities is to build talent pipelines. So, I can’t wait until the first (Rung) Advanced Manufacturing Cohort graduates.

How did you learn about Rung and becoming a Professional Volunteer?

I was introduced to Rung when they were developing the Advanced Manufacturing program and wanted to determine what would make their learners desirable candidates for employers. The more I learned about Rung, the more I wanted to get involved.

What do you like most about being a Professional Volunteer at Rung?

There are so many people in my life who have coached, mentored, and otherwise served as a positive influence. I feel that the best way to honor them is to do the same for others. Plus, it’s fun. I get to meet all kinds of interesting people that I wouldn’t ordinarily meet.

Why do you feel more women must be in advanced manufacturing and technology?

To me, a diverse workforce means having a community of people who don’t all think the same. This helps avoid “group thinking” and facilitates problem-solving.

What would you tell a woman pondering a career in advanced manufacturing and technology?

I’ve either been in manufacturing or supported manufacturing my whole life. For me, it’s really rewarding to go home at the end of the day and say to myself, “I make life-saving drugs.” There’s a tangible accomplishment and a feeling that you’re helping people. Not every career path is like that.

What are the advantages of being a woman in advanced manufacturing and technology?

One very distinct advantage that women can have over men in manufacturing is our size. I’ve seen assembly lines or skilled trades positions that were nearly all women because the work required small, dexterous hands.

What is the best career advice you’ve been given?

Do what you love, and love what you do.  If you plan to be satisfied in your career, spend 20% of your day doing something you love. It will energize you, motivate you, and give you the incentive to do the other things that you may not love as much. How do you know what those things are?

  • When time flies when you’re performing a task.
  • Learning about something for the first time is so intuitive that it feels like you already know it.
  • When you find yourself volunteering to do things repeatedly
  • When tasks align with your values.
  • When you do things that create results you can be proud of

Find a career where you spend 20% of your day doing what brings you joy. If you can do that, you win. (If you want to learn more about this topic, I recommend Marcus Buckingham’s Love + Work.)

Rung for Women is grateful to have Amy as one of our Professional Volunteers in Advanced Manufacturing, and we look forward to our continued relationship with Thermo Fisher Scientific. If you want to be a Professional Volunteer at Rung, click HERE.