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Dan Bennett, Gladis Araujo and Kamila Walters in front of Elm House

Guest lecture from Vice President at leading global toy company, Mattel Inc

As part of the University of Brighton’s employability week, we were joined by Global Quality Systems and Supply Chain Vice President – Gladis Araujo – from leading global toy company Mattel Inc.

Gladis is responsible for driving digital transformation within the company, and this was a fantastic opportunity for our students to hear from a professional at this level within a global organisation.

She shared what skills and competencies companies like Mattel Inc are looking for in their employees, and how to build skills throughout time at uni and early on in your career.

Gladis leading presentation to students and staff

Angela Freeman, a current student on our Marketing Management BSc, said: “I had the opportunity to attend the guest talk by Gladis Araujo as part of employability week. [She] gave one of the most motivating, inspirational talks I’ve had the privilege to listen to.

“She highlighted how opportunities for career progression often require personal growth. It made me realise, if you’re not being challenged in your role, you’re not growing.

“When the next career opportunity arises, seize it – don’t wait until you check off 100% of the skill-set list.

“Nowadays so many skills can be developed on the job or through personal development. Gladis being a fantastic example as she undertook three different master’s degrees on her career journey so she could adapt to each new role and be her personal best.”

Gladis Araujo with Kamila Walters

Gladis Araujo with lecturer Kamila Walters

One of Angela’s key take-home messages for those who were unable to attend?

“Never forget those soft skills, highly-valued by employers, which set you apart from others. We will all graduate with degrees, but how we develop those leadership skills are priceless.”

Gladis Araujo is an accomplished board member and senior leader specialising in global sustainable supply chains, procurement, manufacturing, quality, and digital transformation. She is an international Chamber of Commerce representative and board member of several public, non-profit, and government organisations. She is also the founder and president of several non-profit organisations aimed at supporting children, girls, and women.

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Zoe Cassell • March 6, 2023

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