Scroll to learn more about Cindy’s journey with Signify, professional challenges she’s overcome and the achievements she shared with the judges.
1. What inspires you about Signify?
We are doing something that not many other lighting companies are doing: combining innovation with foresight. Aside from being a world-class manufacturer and the leader in lighting, we recognize the future of lighting is connected and based upon the Internet of Things (IoT). I think that’s what I find most inspiring about Signify. It’s the fact that, even with a 130-year legacy, we understand the future that lies ahead and are constantly innovating for what the world needs next.
2. What do you enjoy most about your current role?
I always enjoy challenging myself to move into new frontiers, especially in my professional life. Prior to Signify, I had never been in the lighting industry. I love how my current role has given me an opportunity to explore a whole new world.
During my six years with the company, I’ve experienced many new lighting developments and had the honor of getting to introduce them to our customers for the first time. I’d say that’s what keeps every day refreshing and exciting for me – the innovation and customer interactions.
3. Before joining Signify, you ran your own business. How did that experience contribute to your success within Signify, and can you share an example?
Sure, when I started my own company (Environmentally Based Green Building), I had to challenge myself to think outside the box. I didn’t have a large, structured organization that could compartmentalize processes and systems. There was no way of saying, “Well this person does this” and “That person does that.” Being an entrepreneur and founder meant that all of the responsibility fell onto me, and I had to run with that.
When I came into Signify, our Systems and Services division was still a start-up within the larger organization and, like my company, lacked those support functions. My previous experience taught me the power of being self-sufficient and the importance of problem-solving, which helped me navigate those early days of our division.