Advancing Women Through Education (AWE) / MIT

AWE Scholarship – 2019-2020 Academic Year

Elizabeth Raman Grubbs
Elizabeth works as a Senior Data Analyst at The Home Depot with experience in the delivery and transportation Supply Chain departments. Her impact includes improving real-time reporting capabilities for executive management by leading a committee of managers and business intelligence analysts through redesigning data visualization for financial and operational metrics. The variety of roles that Elizabeth has held in both operations and data management has fostered her interest in pursuing a Master’s in Supply Chain Management from MIT.

Prior to the Home Depot, Elizabeth completed internships with Georgia Pacific’s paper planning group and Lockheed Martin’s C-130 Program’s subcontract administration and procurement team.

Elizabeth graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a concentration in Supply Chain Management. At Georgia Tech, Elizabeth acted as a co-founder and President for the Undergraduate Operations Management Society. She also served as the VP of Women’s Leadership for the Women’s Recruitment Team, which partnered with the Office of Admissions to recruit the record-breaking 2017 43% female freshman class.

Elizabeth passionately focuses on impacting her community through service to the Atlanta Children’s Shelter and being a dedicated mentor with the Big Brother Big Sister organization in Atlanta.

Gabriela Lamas Oporto
Honorable Mention
Gabriela is a Senior Process Engineer for Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon Inc, Product Management. In her role, Gabriela is responsible for supply chain leadership of key new product and lifecycle management projects and initiatives.

Gabriela joined Johnson & Johnson in 2012 as a Manufacturing Engineer in Cornelia, GA where she supported the validation and implementation of new processes for new products in raw material manufacturing. In 2014, she was accepted into Johnson & Johnson’s Global Operations Leadership Development Program (GOLD) where she started her first rotation as a Project Engineer in the medical device sector. Gabriela led operations for two product launches before moving to a Customer Facing Team in Arkansas for a Collaborative, Planning, Forecast, Replenishment role. She managed the inventory for three NA Walmart departments in the Johnson & Johnson Consumer sector. Gabriela then moved to Puerto Rico for a people leadership role as an Operations Supervisor in pharmaceutical manufacturing. In this role she was also responsible for a global technology transfer and compliance initiatives. She then rejoined her current group in the Medical Devices sector.

Outside of Johnson & Johnson, Gabriela has started her own company, SonoFAST, Inc with 3 other founders and currently sits on the board. For extracurriculars, Gabriela is actively involved in fundraising for Operation Smile and leading the Hispanic Organization for Leadership, HOLA, at her Ethicon campus. Within her community, Gabriela sits on the Northern New Jersey Women’s United Committee, raising awareness and funds for ALICE as the communications lead.

Gabriela graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and is certified in Six Sigma, Lean, FPX and Retail Supply Chain. She is fluent in Spanish and has lived in 4 countries. Her passions are her friends, traveling, working in health care, and her Puerto-Rican, Cuban, and more recently, Venezuelan family!

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