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 Yadisha L.

A graduate from the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus, with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences with a major in Mechanical-Agricultural Technology, Yadisha has been part of the Monsanto team in Puerto Rico for more than 10 years. He is currently working as Seed Technician IV in the manufacturing area at our Juana Díaz site. The result of this operation, offering seed alternatives to farmers, which will become raw material for the world, is what encourages her commitment and dedication.

“Once I entered the labor market, I learned from this industry and the importance it has for the future of the world, its advances, and how technology helps the future of humanity.”

How is working for Monsanto for you?

“Working at Monsanto has helped me develop many skills I previously hadn’t. It has given me several opportunities where I have been able to grow, professionally and personally, and thus be able to guide other people. It has also given me the opportunity to work outside of Puerto Rico. Being able to see from a ‘micro’ operation, as it is breeding; intermediate, such as supply chain; and finally, the ‘macro’ operation, the commercial area. I had the opportunity to visit and work last summer at the Kearney site, in Nebraska.”

Why do you think that more women and girls should follow the career you chose?

“It is a broad industry, and it continues to grow. Over the years, it has changed. It used to be a market dominated by men, and it was a bit difficult to work in 10 years ago, when I started. With each passing year, this market requires more attention, more details, and more passion. Times have changed, as have the opportunities, and many of these sought-after qualities are dominant in women. It also characterizes how strong we can be. We all need agriculture three times a day, and it’s a career that fulfills us, working with plants, with living systems.”

Yadisha describes herself as “a dynamic person, multitasking, open to change, hardworking, positive, and cooperative.” To these qualities, we would like to add her talent and commitment to the well-being of our communities, and education and communication in science subjects. Yadisha has been an instrumental asset in our ambassadors team, “sowing” achievements in areas such as community relations, relationships with educational institutions, and educational efforts in biosciences.

Thank you very much, and many congratulations, Yadisha, on #InternationalWomensWeek.