You’ve no doubt heard of the company of our next Influential Women in Manufacturing Honoree. Golden Valley, Minnesota-based General Mills has been a staple on the grocery shelves throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Ensuring both food and people are safe is Christy Thompson, Principal Engineer for General Mills. If you’ve had “Big G” on your pantry shelves any time in the last 10 years, Christy is one of the reasons why it’s there.
More than an engineer, Christy is a force of nature. Learn just some of the reasons why she was selected as one of our 2020 Influential Women in Manufacturing.
Five Things You Should Know about Christy Thompson, Principal Engineer, General Mills
- She’s quite the humanitarian. She has a strong passion for wildlife conservation and has served on a nonprofit board for elephant rescue in Africa. She’s also been a wildlife volunteer overseas and is currently a wildlife volunteer with the Phoenix Zoo, doing animal behavioral observations and guest education.
- Keeping in line with her humanitarian efforts, Christy has served on projects with Partners for Food Solutions, an independent nonprofit organization, working to strengthen food security, improve nutrition and increase economic development across Africa by expanding and increasing the competitiveness of the food processing sector. One of her more recent projects was in Tanzania, where she helped drive automation for a bottled sauce facility, which was also a women-owned business.
- She grew up in the Chicago area and earned degrees in Food and Bioprocess Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. While at the University of Illinois, she was an active member of the Society of Women Engineers and was also the Student Lead for recruiting Women into Engineering.
- Christy is active in General Mills’ Women in Supply Chain, Women’s Leadership Network. As a leader in the organization, she connects monthly to a Mentoring Circle made up of 10 manufacturing women in a small, close knit group. She leads annual reconnects with her circle in cities around the US. She also Christy is a personal mentor to junior women in her function and helps women navigate discussions around career planning and how to be their own advocates with their managers.
- Many describe leadership as one of great strengths. She’s led dozens of projects that increased product capacity and improved human and food safety in manufacturing facilities. In her 10 years leading the external engineering solutions effort with co-manufacturing partners, she has built technical and operational capability across multiple food platforms, enabling 10% of company volume externally.
Read more about Christy’s strengths and her advice to younger women entering the manufacturing workforce. Download your copy of the 2020 Influential Women in Manufacturing E-Book