Carol Baird was born in rural western Ohio in Darke County. (Where Annie Oakley was also born and raised.) She grew up in a town with only 2 stop lights and graduated from Tri-Village High School with a class of only seventy-eight students. Carol then made a big leap to one of the largest single college campuses in the United States. She attended The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio where she majored in engineering. (The ratio of about ten men to one woman may have been an influence on her choice of engineering.) Carol graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering.
Work experiences for Carol have included production supervision, tooling engineering, purchasing of Maintenance, Repair & Operating (MRO) supplies as well as raw materials and capital equipment contract negotiation, supplier management, inventory control, and many other areas of responsibility. She has had responsibilities for warehouse inventories, warehouse staff, buyers and receiving. She managed a newly formed Tier II Purchasing Department for direct Just In Time (JIT) suppliers for numerous automotive manufacturers located in the US and Canada. Her experiences have varied from production supervision of up to 60 union employees at an American Fortune 500 company (Carol was one of only two management personnel in the entire facility on the off shifts and weekends, where she gained much experience in decision making, problem solving, multi-tasking and communication) to supporting the start up of the first U.S. manufacturing facility of an outstanding Japanese corporation (many first time experiences, including international expediting and inter-cultural team building). She has had many opportunities such as being the first woman manager at any of the North American facilities of a large Japanese company. (Carol earned the designation Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) in 2004 and is presently applying for re-certification.)
Carol is on the Board of Directors of Clear Creek Farm, is active in the Bellefontaine Rotary (past Board Member, past Polio Plus chair, supported the Center for Citizens Initiative (CCI) Russian Exchange program and was awarded the Rotarian of the Year and named a Paul Harris Fellow in 2003), is a charter member of the Hi-Point Toastmasters*, is a member of the Middleburg United Methodist Church, is a charter member of the Optimists Club of Logan County, is in the Columbus Chapter of the National Association of Purchasing Managers (NAPM) [affiliate of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM)] and is an apprentice member of the Ohio Chapter of National Speakers Association and supports several other local organizations.
Carol and her husband of 25 years have three adorable, brilliant children (one in college, one in high school and one in middle school). Their family has lived near Tokyo, Japan on two different occasions (October 1994 to April 1997 and February 2005 to June 2007). The first time they moved to Japan they had two preschoolers who attended Japanese youchien (preschool) and Japanese shougakko (elementary). The second time, they took one high school, one middle school and one elementary school student to an English-speaking international school. Carol was very busy both times with the many daily tasks of Japanese life, great sightseeing (often enjoyed acting as a tour guide for visiting family and friends), shopping (favorites are flea markets and antique shops), as well as various part time jobs (consulting, teaching, speaking and writing).
At present, Carol greatly enjoys training, speaking and writing about many experiences and passions in her life. She has spoken nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics including gender differences in communication and negotiation, leaving your comfort zone, ethics of procurement, ergonomics, sexually transmitted disease education (for students, parents, teachers, youth leaders), violence in the workplace, sexual harassment, and will talk about almost anything she feels is important. Carol greatly enjoys speaking to adults and students making a positive impact on their future successes.
You can contact her by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org
*Toastmasters is not a place to become proficient at breakfast foods and appliances, but rather to become a competent public speaker. I would highly recommend Toastmasters to everyone from students to retirees. You can have the most brilliant idea in the world but it cannot be shared nor implemented if you cannot convey your message. Learn more at www.toastmasters.org