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#221 Wendy Feldstein: A Natural Talent For Bringing Order To Chaos

For our first episode of the year, Women And Manufacturing is proud to welcome Wendy Feldstein to the podcast. Wendy works for Crestron Electronics, a global leader in audio-visual automation and integration. In this episode, Wendy takes us through the incredible parallel origin stories of Crestron, her father’s company, and her journey to her current role as Vice President of Design. From the company’s humble beginnings in her family’s basement, with Wendy bending resistors and capacitors after school to help get the fledgling company off the ground, Wendy shares her story of navigating her way through the heavily male-dominated electronics industry and the positive changes she’s seen along the way. Don’t miss this inspiring episode of the Women And Manufacturing podcast.

MEET YOUR HOST

Lydia Di Liello

Capital Pricing Consultants increases clients’ profitability through strategy monetization, operational, and tactical solutions.

Lydia M Di Liello, CEO and founder (with more than 25 years of business leadership, supply chain and global pricing expertise) delivers exceptional results through Strategy, Process, and Technology. Leveraging a career at General Motors and b to b manufacturing in Supply Chain and Pricing management, client profitability typically increases from 15%-300% in as little as six months. Client engagements range from global Fortune 500 to smaller privately held firms.

Starting with strategic overview through actionable specific directives, clients achieve significant profit increases. Executing widely respected trademarked methodology including Discovery, Assessment, and Recommendations, D.A.R. Ô delivers a comprehensive roadmap for clients’ corporate strategic goals through operational impact achieving strategy realization.

Lydia is a well-know and widely respected speaker leading executive forums, conferences, and workshops worldwide; she is published frequently in trade and professional journals. With an MBA from Youngstown State University Di Liello is repeatedly requested at corporate retreats and is a member of the Professional Pricing Society Board of Advisors.

Recently published In Manufacturing Today June 2021 https://manufacturing-today.com/news/seamless-connections/

Di Liello was just named as the only pricing consultant with the prestigious 2020 PROS to KNOW award for the second year in a row from Supply and Demand Chain Executive on March 17, 2021

Company Philosophy: Success starts with open and clear communication through every step of the client engagement process. Valuing clients’ time and commitment, Capital Pricing Consultants are dedicated to efficiency and demonstrable efficacy. Di Liello cultivates long-term relationships built one successful project at a time.


SPECIAL GUEST

Wendy Feldstein

Wendy Feldstein is the Vice President of Design at Crestron Electronics, a global leader in audio visual automation and integration. She oversees and engineers the creation of Crestron’s mechanical products and is named on more than 73 patents for the company.

As a graduate of Pratt Institute’s Industrial Design program, she initially worked for a Manhattan interior designer, before enrolling in the graduate program at New York University’s Tish School of the Arts for training in set and production design. Her skills landed her jobs as a set designer and art director for films and off-off-Broadway productions. 

Wendy’s roots in industrial design kept calling and she found herself at Crestron. She was able to learn AutoCAD and apply her keen artistic talent and training to develop the company’s drafting department into a more robust Engineering Services (ES) team. She has a natural talent for bringing order to chaos and was able to create standards, processes, and procedures for the growing company – many of which continue to be used today. Over the last 30 years she has continued to grow and evolve multiple groups within the ES Department. She continues to coordinate with other department leaders to create and improve processes and procedures throughout the company. 

When it comes to Crestron’s people, Wendy is a firm believer in developing the company’s employees to help them reach their full potential. Whether it is an informal mentoring discussion or coaching someone to develop new skills, she champions professional growth opportunities for people at all levels of the organization.

Wendy believes strongly in the importance of giving back to the community and is frequently invited to participate in educational events throughout the community. She prides herself on identifying and nurturing the potential in students and helping them realize their own self-worth. Wendy strives to empower young girls and women by encouraging them to pursue STEM education as well as critical thinking and problem-solving skills, so they are prepared for future opportunities. Her passion for the environment had her ahead of her time in product considerations, where she continues to improve efforts. It also led her to volunteer for a local Environmental commission where she has served since 2016. She is on several other local boards.

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