HOUSTON – March 1, 2023 – LyondellBasell today announced its La Porte Site Operations Manager, Rose Luvaas, has been recognized by the Manufacturing Institute – the workforce development and education partner for the National Association of Manufacturers – as a 2023 Women MAKE Awards honoree. This is the second year a LyondellBasell leader has earned this high honor, which recognizes women who demonstrate excellence and leadership in the manufacturing industry.
Luvaas was the company’s youngest site manager and responsible for pipeline operations leading more than 200 employees and contractors at the Gulf Coast site. For nearly the last 15 years, Luvaas has worked in a variety of leadership roles within the company including maintenance manager, technical manager, operations manager and site manager within the ethanol, polymers and olefins technologies across the U.S.
As a first-generation college student who is a firm believer that we never stop learning, developing and growing and the next generation benefits from that mindset. Luvaas recognizes the importance of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, which is why she volunteers with the South Dakota School of Mines Center for Alumni Relations and Advancement where she serves as Committee Chair for Alumni Engagement. Luvaas serves as a mentor, is on the Advisory Council for Women in Science Engineering and created a scholarship for promoting mentoring, internships and career opportunities for STEM students.
“Rose demonstrates tremendous commitment and passion for serving others while at the same time, making an impact and leading with purpose,” said Aaron Ledet, senior vice president, Olefins & Polyolefins, Americas. “She is the epitome of strong female leader in industry, and we are proud to have her at LyondellBasell.”
The Women MAKE Awards honors exceptional women who inspire the next generation of females in manufacturing and exemplify leadership within their companies. Women currently account for about half of the U.S. labor force but represent less than one-third of the manufacturing workforce. Women MAKE America aims to create a 21st-century manufacturing workforce by empowering and inspiring women in the industry.
On April 20, the Manufacturing Institute will recognize 130 recipients of the Women MAKE Awards in Washington, D.C. The evening will highlight each Honoree and Emerging Leader’s story, including their leadership and accomplishments in manufacturing.