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SWE Diverse Podcast Ep 220: Navigating Change with Teren Branson of Fortune Brands Innovations

In this episode, Teren Branson of Fortune Brands Innovations shares how to navigate change and resist the urge to "do it all" as a woman leader in STEM.

This episode was sponsored by Fortune Brands Innovations.

Women in STEM can find themselves in a steady stream of challenges ― from juggling work-life balance to navigating organizational pressures to trying to “do it all” at the expense of their own well-being.

In this episode, Teren Branson, Senior Director of Engineering at Fortune Brands Innovations, details her journey as an engineer and how to embrace the personal and professional challenges that occur along the way. 

Branson also shares the invaluable advice she received at her first SWE conference, a decision in her career that she would not make again, and how Fortune Brands Innovations is driving change worldwide.

Listen to the episode on SoundCloudSpotifyApple Podcasts, or on your favorite podcast platform.

Speaker: Teren Branson

Teren Branson headshot - Senior Director of Engineering at Fortune Brands InnovationsTeren Branson is the Senior Director of Engineering at Fortune Brands Innovations where she leads the engineering team responsible for new product development across the water and security categories, including brands such as Moen, Riobel, MasterLock, American Lock, and Sentry Safe.

She has over 17 years of experience in various roles related to consumer facing innovation ranging from manufacturing, product development, project management, and consumer research.

Prior to joining Fortune Brands Innovations, she has worked on products as diverse as injection molded storage, non-woven textiles for hospitality applications, home fragrance products, ceiling fans and commercial material handling solutions.

She lives in Memphis, Tennessee with her husband and five children. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University and her Master’s in Business Administration from Wake Forest University School of Business.

Host: Sam East

Sam East - Engineering Podcast HostSam East is a media personality based in Toronto, Canada.

You can hear her on “Sam & Dames” in the afternoon from 3-7PM on Toronto’s #1 Hit Music Station, 99.9 Virgin Radio, and with the iHeartRadio Canada app.

When she’s not in studio, she might be hosting live events, hosting and producing the podcast “Lessons to My Younger Self,” or sharing a video that leads to a personal invite from Oprah Winfrey.

Sam is also a certified mindfulness meditation teacher and is thrilled to be able to share tools to help cultivate presence, peace, and self-awareness.


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