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Featured Alumni Profile (August 2019)      

Alumna of the Month, Mrs. Mutsa Chinoda Kemp

Alumnus of 2019Our August Alumnus of the Month is Mrs. Mutsa Chinoda Kemp. Mrs. Kemp serves as project manager at Siemens at the Energy Hub located in Charlotte, NC. She began her collegiate career at Lane College where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in 2000. After attending Lane College, she went on to receive her Master's in Public Administration from Iowa State University in 2004. In 2013, she received her certification in Project Management through the Project Management Institute and she completed her Master's in Engineering Management in 2016 at Penn State University.

In 2019, Kemp was recognized by the National Association of Manufacturers - The Manufacturing Institute as a STEP Ahead Honoree. This program honors the best of the best female leaders in the manufacturing industry and arms them with the tools to pay it forward to inspire, engage, and mentor the next generation through an annual awards gala and associated leadership training programs. By honoring current and existing leaders the STEP Ahead initiative builds and elevates role models that inspire the next generation while building a network for women that supports them in their industry.

For 14 years, Kemp has been working in production operations for global manufacturers in roles in industrial rrelations, quality engineering, cost management and supervision. Throughout her 7-year tenure with Siemens Energy, she has worked in order execution managing new apparatus and service repair projects. As a certified Project Management Professional, she has led cross-functional teams to deliver world class power generation equipment and components to power plants across the globe.

Her successful performance in managing the project life cycle, from bid transfer to production to the shipment of the order to the customer, has resulted in her leading more challenging projects. Kemp said one of her milestone accomplishments was her exceptional management of a unique project involving the tear-down and rewind of a rotor in an aggressive schedule. The rewind was completed ahead of schedule, under budget, without compromising quality and with a strong emphasis on safety. Upon project completion, her team received congratulatory remarks from colleagues and notes from the customer expressing sincere gratitude and recognizing her leadership which exceeded schedule expectations while focusing on safety and quality, she said. This accomplishment was achieved due to her working relationship with her customer and cross functional colleagues in engineering, materials, quality, supply management and manufacturing.

As the wife of Zachary Kemp, the mother of son Zion and daughter Zandile, and an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., (Beta Chi 2000), Kemp has maintained her profession as a priority. She has hosted numerous manufacturing and STEM outreach activities to expose our future generations to the exciting opportunities in STEM and production. She taught manufacturing concepts to Girl Scouts, presented at career fairs using grade level appropriate terminology, led factory tours for students and participated in professional organizations that focus on STEM education and careers. Kemp has served as an e-Mentor to a high school student and visited elementary and middle schools to share her journey and how STEM has led her to the exciting and rewarding career in manufacturing. While presenting to a group of fifth grade girls in the STEM Possible Club, Kemp said she made the bold decision to share her early struggles with Math and reassured the girls they too could overcome such challenges and succeed in STEM and the various careers in manufacturing. She serves on the Siemens Charlotte Education committee, which focuses on educating students of career opportunities at Siemens. As one of the few women in manufacturing, Kemp mentors female coworkers seeking to advance their career in production.

As an advocate for Diversity and Inclusion, she began and co-Leads the Black Employee Community at Siemens where their focus is recruitment, retention and resource development. She is also a member of the Lane College National Alumni Association and Greater Bethel A.M.E Church in Charlotte, NC.

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