Meet the 2020 Women of BMW: Joan Mooney

Here’s to the women who are empowering, inspiring, and leading others!

Name: Joann Mooney

Division: Sales

Location: New Jersey

This Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating our Women of BMW! Each nominee exemplifies the pillars of movement and BMW and serves as an inspiration for the BMW family. Throughout the series, we will hear the stories and advice from women leaders who have broken stereotypes and shattered glass ceilings. We created the #WomenofBMW series to highlight the progress of women in their roles throughout the automotive industry while motivating change going forward.

Q: In a few words, describe your role at BMW? 

A: I manage the office and logistics for the Eastern Region Department.

Q: How do you feel that you’ve grown personally and professionally throughout your 18 year career at BMW? 

A: During my career I’ve had the opportunity to work in several areas of the company and the privilege of working with 6 Vice Presidents (and counting), as well as, numerous executives. That unique exposure has afforded me priceless work/life lessons that no books or educational course could equal.   

Q: You’ve been described as the backbone of the Eastern Region team, how do you handle multiple responsibilities while being calm under pressure? 

A: I compartmentalize, maintain detailed notes, communicate clearly, update projects daily, keep a current calendar, and retain a good sense of humor. 

Q: What advice would you give to women pursuing a career in your field? 

A: I’ve found the key to success is to establish a strong network within your organization. Be open to new ideas; don’t be afraid to fail, there is always a valuable takeaway. Be willing to work hard.  Maintain a holistic view of your position, department and company.  Treat everyone with regard and always show appreciation to those who assist you. Remain true to who you are but don’t take yourself too seriously.  

Q: What inspires you in the workplace and why? 

A: My team’s strength of character and resilience keeps me grounded. We support each other with practicality, empathy and respect. I know that no matter what the obstacle, our team can handle the challenge.  It’s the reason I look forward to work everyday.  

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