One-hundred and fifty years ago, Nestlé’s founder, German-born pharmacist Henri Nestlé, might never have succeeded without the woman he worked most closely with: his wife, Clementine Therese Ehemant. Henri invented a milk-based infant cereal in 1867 to help a neighbor’s baby who was dying from malnutrition, but it was Clementine who took charge of marketing and selling it. She saw creating the formula as a personal maternal mission.
Women leaders are as critical as ever at Nestlé, and, today, our progressive parental leave policy and ongoing efforts to increase our percentage of women managers and senior leaders are just a few of the ways we’re committed to enhance gender balance at Nestlé.
But don’t take our word for it. Hear directly from 9 inspirational women at Nestlé on the best lessons they’ve learned in their careers, and their advice for young workers.
Vice President, Government Relations & Public Affairs, Nestlé USA
Molly represents Nestlé to some of our most important partners –the nation’s elected officials and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). She thinks it’s been thrilling to watch women at Nestlé thrive into leadership positions.
Berta Cruz Corominas
Marketing Manager, NESCAFÉ Clásico
The past 10 years have been a coffee-filled adventure for Berta, like working with best-in-class marketing teams and setting up a major celebrity partnership with Ricky Martin for the NESCAFE Clásico brand. “Women are different and this difference is a strength,” she says.
Human Resources Director, Nestlé Dreyer’s Field Operations
As a collaborative leader, Nikki knows firsthand that there’s no “i” in team. “We are better together; therefore, I actively listen and empower my teams to be autonomous and make decisions,” Nikki said.
Global Procurement Category Lead, Cocoa
A native of Spain, Belén studied industrial engineering in France before making the decision to move to the U.S. to pursue her MBA – which ultimately led to her role with Nestlé. She is a true believer in leading by example and always recognizing work well done.
Factory Manager, Salt Lake City, Utah
What started as an internship turned into a career rooted in a sincere love for Nestlé’s products, and one that has been a source of inspiration to those she’s empowered and mentored.
Marketing Director, Ready-to-Drink Beverages & Coffee, Nestlé USA
Elizabell’s work allows her to get inside the minds of diverse consumers to find and meet needs. And with a highly diverse consumer base to market to, she knows it’s critical to have a workforce representative of that.
Vice President of Marketing, Nestlé Dreyer’s Ice Cream, Nestlé USA
Kim has a passion for the food industry, and loves the challenge of communicating our products’ benefits to the consumer. During her time at Nestlé the past 13 years, Kim has motivated, energized, and built outstanding teams of marketers.
Director of Marketing, Tombstone & Jack’s Growth Channels, Nestlé USA
Early in her career, Mohini described herself as shy and always focused on the task at hand. Now after being at Nestlé for almost 12 years, she serves as a mentor and coach to a number of women in Marketing, Sales and the Technical Applications Group, sharing the same guidance that was once provided to her.
Corporate Controller, Nestlé USA
“I believe empowerment has to come from within yourself first before you can expect it from others,” Yvette says. “The key is to be yourself, be confident and do your job well – and others will want to empower you.”