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Podcast: Women Executives in Engineering Series Features Marilyn Tears

Marilyn Tears is the Safety, Security, Health, and Environment Manager at ExxonMobil Development Company, and a SWE member who lives in Houston, TX.

Published On: July 2017

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(Jessica)

Marilyn Tears

Marilyn Tears of ExxonMobil Development Company

Hi, I’m Jessica Rannow, FY17 President of the Society of Women Engineers and this is SWE’s Diverse podcast series. Please remember to add this podcast to your iTunes and like or follow us on social media. Visit swe.org for more details.

Joining me now, as part of our Women Executives in Engineering podcast series, is Marilyn Tears. She is the Safety, Security, Health, and Environment Manager at ExxonMobil Development Company. She is a SWE member, has a degree in civil engineering, and lives in Houston, Texas.

Thanks for joining us Marilyn.

(Questions/Talking Points)

Marilyn, you have been at ExxonMobil for more than 35 years. Tell us about your background and career.

What do you think is the key to your success as a leader?

Your husband also is an engineer at ExxonMobil, and you have two adult daughters, one is a CPA and the other is a chemical engineer. How did you manage work/life balance?

Having two engineers as parents and role models must have had a big impact on your daughter who became a chemical engineer. How did you help your daughter pick her engineering discipline?

ExxonMobil is a member of SWE’s Corporate Partnership Council, and you’re a founding member of ExxonMobil’s Women’s Interest Network. How do you leverage SWE to help women within your company develop their careers?

You were a SWE member in college, but you find SWE’s programming more helpful today than it was in the past. Tell us about your experience.

You’ve been a campus recruiter for 30 years. What do you look for in potential hires?

What advice do you have for women engineers who want to become leaders?

(Conclusion)

Marilyn, thank you so much for joining us. Marilyn Tears is the Safety, Security, Health, and Environment Manager at ExxonMobil Development Company. Marilyn, thanks for participating in our Women Executives in Engineering podcast series.

About Marilyn Tears

Marilyn Tears has been the Safety, Security, Health & Environment (SSH&E) Manager at ExxonMobil Development Company since April 2015.  Prior to that position, she held project management roles for the Deepwater Portfolio for Hadrian South, Marine Well Containment Interim Response System, and Julia Project, a subsea tie-back project in water depths of more than 7,000 feet with oil production that started up in 2016.  She is married to another ExxonMobil executive. They have with two daughters, one is a CPA and the other is a chemical engineer.

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