A self-proclaimed “competitive spirit,” Roberta Davis of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi (TMMMS) knows a thing or two about meeting challenges and breaking down barriers, especially when it comes to gender equity.
Roberta started her Toyota career over 26 years ago as a body weld production team member in Georgetown, Kentucky. At the time, the area where she was assigned was predominantly male.
“Times were different, and a lot of the processes they thought a woman couldn’t do. I was the first woman to learn those processes and do well at them.”
Soon, she was promoted to team leader and was the first female group leader for that area, mastering body weld, finishing and repair. Roberta says she is incredibly “grateful for the leadership who took her under their wings and offered support and guidance.”
While Roberta challenged what was possible on the production floor, she was also getting involved with early diversity and inclusion groups, like the Diversity Action Council.
Once TMMMS opened, Roberta was ready to move to Mississippi and help start up the plant in body weld. There, she continued her involvement with business partnering groups and was even asked to become a chairperson for Women Impacting and Influencing Toyota.
She is a champion of diversity and an example of someone who did not allow gender differences to determine her success. She is passionate about living and breathing Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), and she believes “when everyone embraces D&I, we are unstoppable.”