Marcela Sampaio (left) and Sephora Amaral (right)
According to Marcela Sampaio, FCA is a training center with leaders from different areas that act as multipliers in the promotion of a new corporate culture. "The challenges are vast, but the initial step is to raise awareness", she says.
In an environment traditionally run by men, cases like that of Sephora Amaral, supervisor in the Controls area at Powertrain Engineering in the Fiat Automotive Plant (Minas Gerais, Brazil), are seen as an inspiration. With more than 10 years working for the FCA group, she went on a maternity leave in 2016 while working as a coordinator and, when she returned, she was promoted. "During my leave, the area manager invited me to be a supervisor. I was a little afraid because of the increased responsibility at work, but I embraced the opportunity", she says.
Alexandra Morales, who oversees the internal logistics (handling) of the Fiat Automotive Plant (Minas Gerais, Brazil), leads more than 900 employees, responsible for the daily flow of about 950 trucks inside the factory. Most of them are men. "There are still very few women who apply for this job", she says.