Diversity Profile - Lexie Wang
Ball Aerospace employees already know Lexie Wang as an astute leader who removes barriers to people’s success, but the Radio Frequency (RF) Engineering Manager has also been recognized as one of the most influential leaders in the Denver metro area.
Wang was awarded the Betsy Bernard Emerging Leader Award, which is presented each year by the Women’s Vision Foundation to a rising, mid-level professional who leads by example and inspires others to exceed expectations while promoting authentic leadership and the advancement of women.
“Throughout my years at Ball, I’ve always had multiple mentors who have really helped me in my career,” Wang said, “and I view mentoring others as a way to keep that momentum going.”
Wang supervises 100 engineers who design and build antennas and antenna systems for the company’s Antenna & Video Technologies (AVT) business unit.
“My dad was an electrical engineer, too, and he was a great manager,” she said. She strives to follow in his footsteps and is known for her fairness, positive attitude and commitment to understanding the needs of all of her staff. “If someone comes to me with a new idea or career ambition, I try to make an opportunity for that and make sure they have the support to do it,” she said.
Even with such a large staff, she engages employees and makes sure they understand the critical roles they play. Co-workers and supervisors alike agree that she draws on people’s strengths and helps each person she works with feel valued for their contribution.
Working in the AVT area for 14 years, she has built trusting relationships with the staff in her department by having an open door policy and by taking the time to regularly visit each employee informally to understand their needs.
"Lexie is very perceptive. She takes the time to ask about my programs, and she has familiarized herself with my skills,” said Ileana Newhall, RF engineer. “I use this same approach with the technicians and assemblers who work with me, and I receive the same respect from them that I have for Lexie.”
“When you have trust, it’s easy to support one another and solve problems,” Wang added. “We all respect each other and know people are doing things for the right reasons.”
Her inclusive, supportive efforts help attract and retain the best engineers.
Every day when she comes to work, Wang has two things on her mind: helping people fulfill their potential and making work fun.
She inspired the formation of the company’s Women’s Employee Resource Group and formed the RF Women’s Lunch Group, where women within the department meet monthly.
She has sponsored several department activities where staff has heard presentations about nutrition, health, staying current on breaking technology, and work—life balance.
Wang is also involved with the Colorado Mathematics, Engineering, Science and Achievement (MESA) program. Wang and her mother established a MESA memorial scholarship in her late father’s name for women and minorities studying engineering.
“It’s important to encourage young people to consider engineering careers. There’s so much you can do with engineering to help people, and it’s never boring,” Wang said.
Perhaps her greatest satisfaction as a leader comes from helping others, particularly women, to step out and dare to be great.