We sat down with the first-annual Women of BMW honorees to find out about their careers, insights and what drives them each day. We invite you to take a moment and learn about these dedicated women and congratulate them with kudos on Twitter with #WomenOfBMW.
NAME: Paula Goble
POSITION: Chief Compliance Officer
LOCATION: Hilliard, OH
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH BMW? 25 Years
Q: DESCRIBE YOUR ROLE AT BMW:
A: I am responsible for the design, implementation, and operation of an effective US Compliance Management System in support of the SF2-US Compliance Responsible and in accordance with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal and State Regulations, and Compliance HQ functions to help protect SF2-US’ integrity as it relates to its customers, partners and employees and to drive organization adherence to federal, state, and BMW Group polices in the area of corporate governance, data privacy and information protection.
Q: WHAT PATH LED YOU TO BMW?
A: A friend of a friend told me about this “startup company” that had a job opening for an attorney. I thought it would be exciting to change careers and become part of a team responsible for shaping and developing a newly formed company.
Q: DESCRIBE A DEFINING MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER AND HOW IT SHAPED YOUR PATH
A: After spending many years as an Attorney, the CEO of BMW Financial Services at that time asked whether I would be interested in moving to the business side managing an operations process. Thinking about the chance to change careers, for about 10 minutes at the most, I said yes. His words of advice, the support from my colleagues and the mentoring I received made a significant difference in my career growth. It taught me to take chances if you want to build your career, gave me an opportunity to learn the captive finance business and most of all, taught me to be humble.
Q: WHO IS A FEMALE ROLE MODEL TO YOU AND WHAT DO YOU ADMIRE ABOUT HER?
A: My mom, of course. But in the business world, Sheryl Sandburg. Not only because of her determination throughout her career, but I am a big fan of her book, Lean In, which advocates and aids females in the business community to take on more leadership roles in their careers.
Q: WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER WOMEN INTERESTED IN YOUR FIELD?
A: Listen, be open to learning every day, network, pay attention to details, and remember to laugh… a lot.