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Gloria Small

IT - Operations & Authorizations
LANXESS


    

  • Name: Gloria Small
  • Where I'm From: Aliquippa, PA
  • Where I Live: Robinson Township
  • Education:
    Otterbein University, B.A. Finance
  • Company:
    LANXESS



“I think we have everything we need in Pittsburgh. People here are really friendly, and I think if we can work on attracting and retaining more diverse talent we’ll just keep getting better.”

Gloria Small, born and raised 30 miles north of the city in Aliquippa, has always kept Pittsburgh (and the Steelers) close to her heart. As an adult, she lived in Columbus, OH for nearly two decades, studying finance, working and raising her children, but ultimately boomeranged back to the ‘Burgh: “Ohio is wonderful,  but when it came time for my next step, I knew that I wanted to move back to Pittsburgh to be close to my family and my roots.”

When Gloria decided to make her transition back to PA, LANXESS - a leading specialty chemicals company with its Americas headquarters herein the Pittsburgh area - found her in the pre-LinkedIn days through her Monster profile. “I started out in accounting with LANXESS shortly after they split from Bayer and then transitioned into the IT department, holding a variety of roles. LANXESS has been a wonderful company to grow with over the past 12 years.” As the Operations and Authorizations IT lead, Gloria provides training and onboarding for new employees as well as technical support and SAP authorizations.  She is also on the social committee and helps plan staff activities.  “LANXESS does a lot throughout the year to keep employee morale high and is intentional about creating opportunities for cross-department engagement.”

A self-proclaimed movie fanatic, Gloria makes weekly visits to the theater and practices yoga to relax, but her four grandchildren keep her on her toes: “We love coming into the city to go to the Carnegie Science Center and the Museum of Natural History in Oakland. I love the Oakland area and the environment that the schools create for innovation and education. I truly believe education paves the way for opportunity and we have a lot of great schools in this region.”

She also visits family in Aliquippa often and enjoys having a meal at JW Halls, a long-time steak and seafood restaurant in town. In addition, she volunteers with Junior Achievement and United Way and is passionate about working with children and contributing to her community. “Even in an area like Aliquippa that was hit hard by the collapse of the steel industry, you see hope. Teachers and students are working hard and people are motivated to better their community. It’s inspiring to see, and it’s a reflection of the grit that makes this region special.”


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