Who manages the operations of a 389,000-square-foot manufacturing facility with 360 employees for the largest U.S. food company?
Who is on the board of directors for the local symphony and Chamber of Commerce, and is an active member of the Junior League?
Who is a great mother of two college-age daughters—one of whom is now in medical school?
Is it Supermom? Almost.
It’s all in a day’s work for Lisa Grenier, who manages the daily operations and long-term goals of the Kraft Foods Planters snack nuts facility in Fort Smith, Ark. Lisa makes balancing career, community and family look like a cinch. Recently, she secured local government support for a major expansion of what will be a LEED-certified production facility as part of the sustainability goals for Kraft Foods. During her leadership, the facility has also received a coveted company safety award while delivering consistently solid operating performance.
Lisa shares her passion for social responsibility with her family and work colleagues. She instilled in her daughters at an early age that citizenship and giving back to the community are essential. When her girls where younger, she taught Sunday school in her church and coached their soccer team.
At work, Lisa encourages her employees to get out and volunteer in the community. Last October, her teams contributed 300 hours of their time to local food banks, schools and community outreach centers as part of the Kraft Foods annual Delicious Difference Week, a global volunteering program.
In addition, Lisa serves as a mentor to other women and instituted a regular call for the company’s female plant managers to discuss best practices and challenges. She also is one of the founding members of Kraft Foods’ Supply Chain Women employee council.
This hard work has been recognized externally too. In 2010, her plant received the United Way Leaders Award—the highest tribute to a company that raises awareness of United Way, promotes volunteerism, and encourages corporate giving and employee support—for its continued commitment to and participation in the Fort Smith community.
Lisa has faced many of the same challenges as working moms everywhere. She recommends setting priorities, being flexible, having family and community support for daycare, and focusing on quality time with family. Although Lisa’s daughters are young adults now, she learned early in her career that balancing work and family needed to be a priority.
“When I was with my daughters, I made sure they had 100 percent of my attention,” said Lisa. “And when I was at work, I focused on my job. That way, once I returned home, my attention could again be focused squarely on my girls.”