Wilailux Lapwisuttisarod

2020 STEP Ahead Honoree

Senior Engineering and Maintenance Director
Dow Inc.

Manufacturing contributes to human life improvement especially in chemical manufacturing. I’m proud to be part enhancing human life and at the same time enhancing our manufacturing safety and improvement through our sustainability.

As the current technical expertise and support leader at Dow, Wilailux leads four sites and 14 plants in Thailand which collectively produce more than two million tons of product annually. She is responsible for the safety, reliability and performance of more than 400 maintenance and engineering employees in addition to overseeing contractor resources. During her more than 20 years at Dow Chemical, she has proven to be a visionary leader, driving sustainability and productivity improvements across the region. She fosters a work environment with a high level of integrity and strong focus on inclusion, diversity, innovation, sustainability and empowerment. As a local and global leader and a mentor for women, she constantly displays her passion for serving others.

Wilailux has helped develop female leaders across the globe. During her years leading the Culture Change and Learning Group during Dow Chemical’s Thai Growth Project, she was instrumental in developing the culture to prepare female leaders to take on significant roles within the site following the startup of the new production facilities. She is actively engaged in the Thailand Women’s Innovation Network (WIN), sharing her experiences and setting a clear example of how women can excel.

Wilailux has always been active within her community, starting as a college student at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University. A regular participant in Habitat for Humanity for the past eight years, she has helped build countless houses throughout Chaingmai and Rayong. As a devout Buddhist and a mindfulness coach and mentor, she facilitates a group practice for the five mindfulness trainings in Plum Village. And earlier this year, Wilailux organized an event where nearly one hundred people from her organization came together to construct a playground for the community children’s center. Her commitment to the present and future of her community and the people around her is unparalleled.