In celebration of International Women’s Week, we’re highlighting the work of our entrepreneurial colleagues, both in Puerto Rico and around the world. Meet our colleague Dainette V.

There are people with excellent skills to identify opportunities, to innovate and develop, to go from good to excellent. Such is the case of our colleague Dainette, our PR Protected Culture Discovery at the Monsanto Juana Díaz site. Her main fields of work include innovation of operations; management and supervision of cotton increase field employees; discovery in protected crops; and crop protection. This is her area of expertise. Dainette has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in crop protection from the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus.

“I decided to study crop protection because research on everything related to viruses, bacteria and plant diseases, in everything related to the area of agriculture, caught my attention. I love ‘troubleshooting’ in agronomy. Developing innovations to improve crops was what inspired me to study that area.”

What’s it like working at Monsanto?

“I’ve been at Monsanto for five years, where I started as a temporary employee. Working at Monsanto has given me the opportunity to be in a dynamic environment, and it is the perfect opportunity I’ve had to work in different areas, which has helped me grow professionally in the field of crop protection. Not only did I work in operations innovation, but at Monsanto I started managing and supervising cotton increment field employees, and in my current role, I have learned about crops such as cotton and soy. This helped me gain base knowledge about both crops, and to be able to start innovating these crops in the greenhouse. Monsanto is part of my growth, and I’m grateful for everything I’ve learned over the years.”

Why do you think more girls and young women should follow a career in your field?

“I encourage you, if you like and you’re fascinated investigating how diseases, bacteria and fungi reach plants and crops, if you’re passionate about agriculture, and above all, if you like to find the reason behind things, I recommend studying crop protection. Remember, being a scientist in the field of agriculture is an extremely dynamic environment, full of new ideas, where you can get creative, and help improve everything.”

Dainette describes herself as “a versatile, dynamic, organized, innovative, multi-faceted and results-oriented person”, all qualities with which we strongly agree.

Congratulations, Dainette, on #InternationalWomensWeek.