Given her experience as a consultant, Tasha is well aware that culture is a two-way fit. When interviewing with Shell, she wanted to make sure that work/life balance and diversity were as important to the company as they were to her.
“Every person I spoke with had longevity at Shell, and if that’s the case, then it must be a great company. People only stay that long if it’s a great company,” Tasha said.
One attribute she admires about her Shell colleagues is their mindset of knowing what they don’t know and connecting people to those who can help. The diversity and connection in Shell have been a breath of fresh air for Tasha as she strives to connect to the new generation of employees as a way to help inspire them.
Guidance for the Next Generation of Women in Polymers
Early on in her career, Tasha didn’t have anyone to turn to when she needed help. Being able to provide that kind of support and guidance to other employees is something Tasha strives for every day. One of her biggest pieces of advice? Cherish what matters most.
“At the end of the day, no one says they wished they would have worked more. Appreciate your family time and the people that love you.”
Tasha urges others to be mindful of their past and those in which they interact. It’s critical to learn from both the bad moments and the great moments and take it all in stride.
“I want to get more of that mindset that things in work aren’t personal. We all have the same goal, and we have different ideas of how to get there.”
Tasha sees people’s passion as an outward reflection of how much they care and how badly they want to reach a goal. We should utilize our passions to achieve goals rather than a reason to disagree with someone. She sees disagreeing amicably as an essential skill that everyone could learn. Similarly, Tasha advises that changing how you act towards someone you bump heads with is a great way to de-escalate situations. After all, we’re all on the same team.
With a great team at her side and experience at her back, Tasha hopes to continue pushing for more inclusive and diverse workplaces while guiding the next generation of women in polymers.