Celebrating Her History: WInG women with more than 40 years service

During Women’s History Month in March, Ingersoll Rand is celebrating with the recognition of women who’ve made an impact in the company with 40 or more years of service.

Women’s Inclusion Group (WInG) council member Lisa O’Dell hosted “Lattes with Lisa” with Donna Hermansen, Diana Klauser, Judy Mowen and Linda Pasko, collectively representing 176 years of service. These women shared their experiences with Ingersoll Rand and its legacy businesses, reflecting on the changes they have seen related to representation of women in leadership, career and development opportunities and technology.


Donna Hermansen, Power Tools and Lifting pricing manager, has 43 years of service at Ingersoll Rand. Donna started her career working part time in high school in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Donna earned her degree and moved into multiple marketing, pricing and customer service roles throughout her career. Donna and her husband love the outdoors and traveling.


Diana Klauser, corporate accounts payable, is based in Quincy, Illinois, and has 47 years of service. Diana began as a data entry operator, moved into the secretarial role and continued to move up in the IT department as a training coordinator and IT administrator and analyst. Diana loves the outdoors and enjoys hunting, fishing, trail riding and roadtrips on her husband’s motorcycle.


Judy Mowen, insurance analyst based in Quincy, Illinois, has 44 years of service and is a second-generation employee: Judy’s father worked nearly 40 years with Gardner Denver!


Judy has held multiple roles in administrative assistance, legal administration, real estate and corporate entity management, as well as an active member of the EHS Council. Judy enjoys fishing, cooking and gardening, and spending time with her family.


Linda Pasko has spent her 42-year Ingersoll Rand career within ITS-Americas. In her current role, centrifugal inside account manager, she supports plant air centrifugal oil-free customers.


Linda’s previous positions include strategic and large account contract and order management, field service coordinator, aftermarket business development, telesales and compressor product identification. She enjoys travel, wildlife and nature photography, sport shooting and reading.


These women shared personal experiences and advice, all supporting three key takeaways:

  • Education is most important thing. Learn the company’s products, interact with other departments and share your thoughts. Don’t be intimidated; put yourself out there.
  • If you’re asked to make a change, inquire why. This allows you to open your mind to find better ways to implement the change.
  • Know your customers and how they use our products so you can adequately take care of them.

WING is an employee inclusion group comprised of women and allies within Ingersoll Rand. Its purpose is to support the personal and professional development through connections within and outside of the WING network, while helping to enhance the work experience of the group. Hear the full discussion here to learn more from these inspiring and long-serving women. Contact [email protected] to get involved in WInG and participate in monthly lunch-and-learns, empowerment circles, mentoring and leadership development programs and more.


IR inclusion group membership is open to all employees – join as a member or ally today. For more information, check out the IR DE&I website.
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