Mallory Apperson

2020 STEP Ahead Emerging Leader

Lean Manager
Polaris Industries Inc.

Manufacturing as an entire process allows individuals and cross-functional teams to design, build and deliver the best possible product to customers.  I am fortunate to work in an environment that encourages all employees to think outside through continuous improvement and innovation to fuel the passion of our riders.

Mallory has quickly established a reputation at Polaris Inc. for her passion, drive and all-hands-on-deck approach.  In her previous role, she traveled to the company’s research and design facilities, providing Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) guidance and standardizing practices. Her ability to adapt to the culture at each site has proved critical to the success of EHS practices. Mallory also led a cross-functional team to investigate what trainings and safety gear should be required for all Polaris on-and off-road products and partnered with external groups to bring Avalanche Safety Training and Motorcycle Intermediate Safety Training on-site and available to all employees. The Rider Safety program has since become a key part of the company’s safety culture. Mallory recently took on a new role within the Lean Organization as a career development opportunity to expand her knowledge and visibility to the front-end of the business and operating models.

Mallory prioritizes mentoring young talent. She helped build the Polaris Environmental Health and Safety Intern Program, now in its third year. She also partners with the university recruiting team to identify schools with a strong EHS curriculum and makes recruiting trips to speak about the EHS career path and Polaris Inc. Mallory works with her EHS peers to determine appropriate projects for interns and every year she helps lead the intern Ride Event, a highlight of the intern experience at Polaris.

Mallory sits on the Polaris Community Foundation Board, which provides assistance to local organizations. She leads the way in supporting STEM programs in local schools and encouraging young female talent, and she regularly helps to conduct site tours for students at various company locations. Mallory has assisted in coordinating various donation drives for local organizations including local animal rescues supply drives and pet adoption events at Polaris. Mallory acts as a location ambassador for Polaris Gives – an online platform that supports employees in their efforts to give back by providing opportunities to earn rewards for volunteering, matching grants for donations and time off during the work day to volunteer. In addition, she is a strong advocate for mental health and women’s health rights and participates in numerous volunteer and community events that help provide affordable care to those in need.