International Association of Top Professionals Awards FCA US Executive with Empowered Woman of the Year Award for 2018


OAKLAND, MI – 12-04-2018 ( — The International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) has selected May-Leng Yau-Patterson, Head of World Class Manufacturing Mexico Operations for FCA US LLC, as the recipient of its prestigious “Empowered Woman of the Year Award”.Yau-Patterson will be presented with the Presidential Crystal Tower for this distinction at the IAOTP’s Annual Award Gala being held at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on December 15, 2018. 

While inclusion in the IAOTP is an honor in itself, only a few women are selected to receive the Empowered Woman of the Year Award, as it is based on leadership in a male dominated field, longevity, professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities and civic contributions.  “Those who receive the Empowered Woman of the Year Award are incredibly talented professionals who have been successful and have inspired other women around the world to rise above in a male dominated industry”, said Stephanie Cirami, President of IAOTP. “May-Leng is one of these people. Choosing her for this honor was an easy decision for our panel to make.She is a leader who is humble, gracious, brilliant, and has inspired others across different cultures and countries to succeed in the manufacturing industry. Her influence has been far-reaching and she is a huge asset to our organization”As part of this recognition, Yau-Patterson is featured on the cover of the newly released Top Industry Professional (TIP) magazine, which is viewed by thousands of top professionals all around the world. Yau-Patterson was also honored at IAOTP’s 2017 Annual Awards Gala where she received “Top Female Executive” and the “Lifetime Achievement” awards. Yau-Patterson was previously featured on the Reuters Building in New York’s Times Square for her selection as “Woman of the Year & Business Innovator of the Year”. With over three decades of professional experience in the logistics and manufacturing industry, Yau-Patterson has established herself as an accomplished professional and expert in the field. Starting as a Lead Logistics Analyst, she worked her way up, assuming positions with increasing responsibility for prestigious companies that included Ryder Logistics, TNT Logistics, Exel Logistics and General Motors, before joining DaimlerChrysler (now FCA US) in 2002. In her current position with FCA US, Yau-Patterson is responsible for leading and coaching plant managers and the leadership teams at the assembly, engine and stamping plants throughout Mexico in the implementation of World Class Manufacturing (WCM), a methodology that focuses on eliminating waste, increasing productivity, and improving quality and safety in a systematic and organized way.She is responsible for the development and engagement of people in the application of the WCM technical methods and tools to achieve operational excellence. WCM has been credited as one of the key strategies in the continued success of FCA US.This year, Yau-Patterson took on the additional responsibility of performing World Class Logistics (WCL) audits at service parts facilities. Yau-Patterson is a certified Global WCM and WCL auditor who performs audits at facilities around the world.During the span of her career, Yau-Patterson’s responsibilities have encompassed overseeing Lean Manufacturing; Lean Production Methodology and Tools, Supply Chain Management; Logistics Management; Strategy Development; Purchasing; Material Handling & Packaging Solutions; Logistics Engineering and Industrial Engineering.Yau-Patterson has been recognized worldwide and received numerous awards for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession. In addition to her 2018 IAOTP awards, she was named Top Female Executive and Woman of the Year, in addition to receiving the Lifetime Achievement award in 2017.For the sixth year in a row, she was selected as Pinnacle Professional of the Year by Continental Who’s Who.Other recognitions have included being honored as 2016 Top Professional of the Year in Manufacturing by the IAOTP, awarded Prominent Professional Woman of The Year in the Automotive industry by Continental Who’s Who, named one of Automotive News’ 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry, honored as a Delegate Featured Leader by the International Women’s Leadership Association, selected as a recipient of the Women of Color Achievement, and awarded Empire & Cambridge Who’s Who Professional of the Year both in the automobile industry. Yau-Patterson has also been featured in the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Inner Circle Executive Magazine. Yau-Patterson earned both her Bachelor of Science in Systems Analysis and Master of Science in Operations Research from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.For more information on Yau-Patterson, please visit or watch her video at
About IAOTPThe International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) is an international boutique networking organization who handpicks the world’s finest, most prestigious top professionals from different industries.  These top professionals are given an opportunity to collaborate, share their ideas, be keynote speakers and to help influence others in their fields. This organization is not a membership that anyone can join.  You have to be asked by the President or be nominated by a distinguished honorary member after a brief interview. IAOTP’s experts have given thousands of top prestigious professionals around the world, the recognition and credibility that they deserve and have helped in building their branding empires.  IAOTP prides itself to be a one of a kind boutique networking organization that hand picks only the best of the best and creates a networking platform that connects and brings these top professionals to one place.For More information please visit www.iaotp.com

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