Amber DePietro

2020 STEP Ahead Honoree

Plant Manager
Eaton Corporation

I never thought my career would take me into manufacturing; however, from the time I stepped into my first factory, I loved the environment.  Each day brings a new problem or challenge that has to be worked cross-functionally to resolve.  As a plant manager, the days are long but I enjoy leading my team to exceed our goals.

Amber has led more than 25 continuous improvement events and projects which have improved safety, quality, delivery and cost, resulting in over $2 million in savings for Eaton. In only her first year as plant manager, Amber successfully managed a challenging quality issue and led her team to beat sales by $2 million and improve productivity by five percent. In recognition of improvements like these, her plant was recently selected for the Eaton Safety Excellence Award.

As one of the few female plant managers across Eaton, Amber is passionate about mentoring women to pave their way to success in the STEM field. She has led projects and created programs to improve recruitment, development and retention of millennial and female talent through her leadership in Eaton’s young professional inclusion resource group, ENGAGE. As part of this initiative, Amber successfully advocated for an expanded parental leave program for new mothers and new fathers as well. She was also instrumental in implementing Eaton’s Milk Stork program, which enables nursing mothers to ship breastmilk home when they are traveling for work.

Amber has further strengthened the company and its employees by helping create Eaton’s Stretch Assignment Marketplace. In only two years, the marketplace has created more than 2,000 development opportunities for employees around the world to work on Eaton projects while learning, growing and networking. She has also worked to make Eaton more inclusive by expanding their inclusion resource groups such as the Eaton PRIDE LGBTQ+ group. Thanks in large part to her efforts, Eaton recently celebrated a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for the fourth straight year.

All these contributions show Amber’s dedication to her work, her company and her community.