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Women in the Workforce –
Samantha Lepe

At GP:50, we value our employees, and so in an effort to express that, we extended an invitation to the women in our organization to share their experiences in the field of technology. We now invite you to that behind the scenes look with our “Women in the Workforce” spotlight series.

Our final Women in the Workforce spotlight focuses on Samantha Lepe, another of our Aerospace Assembly Technicians. Samantha first came to work for GP:50 in our Industrial Bay, from October 2016 through November 2020. By the end of that November, online schooling became warranted, and Samantha had to leave to take care of her daughter. Once in-school restrictions were lifted, Samantha was able to come back and is now in her five-month work anniversary since her return.

Before coming to GP:50, Samantha worked in the food industry where she experienced a hectic environment and an ever-changing work schedule. She heard about GP:50 through her uncle and cousin, Matthew, and Mark Slish, who each
worked as welders for GP:50 from 2005-2017 and 2014-2019 respectively. Since her first day here, she loved the work environment as well as being able to maintain a steady and regular work schedule, enabling her to spend more time with her daughter.

Samantha took on a new job title with new challenges on her return, now being responsible for the assembly of electronic components into sub-assemblies as part of our Aerospace Team. When asked what advice she’d give to other women seeking to enter the technology field she answered, 

“Know your job, help your team, and always provide new ideas.” She believes the best way to prove that you have what it takes is to keep at it and never give up – even in the face of defeat. She went on to explain, “I like the independence of my job. I only reach out when I need help, and I feel confident enough now to not need help very often!”

When asked what women inspire her, Samantha stated that her grandmother encouraged her to always put her heart into what she loves. She pulls from that whenever she finds
herself struggling, and it helps her stay on track.

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