34, Corporate Director of Human Resources, Oatey
What motivates or inspires you to better the community?
Being futuristic and seeing the possibility of what can happen in a community gets me excited and inspires me to share my excitement with others. Working with Big Brothers Big Sisters, I became even more energized about improving the community to ensure we are leaving our community stronger than we found it and preparing our future generations for success.
What is the best career advice you’ve ever been given?
“We’re not performing brain surgery, no one is going to die if you’re a day behind.” Knowing I was stressed, my manager explained that it’s OK to get behind, so long as it does not become a pattern. This is something I’ve communicated to my teams over the years. Occasionally it’s necessary to step back and put things in perspective.
What advice would you give the younger generation when it comes to advancing in their careers or strengthening Stark County?
There are many great things that Stark County has to offer, but we can always keep improving. Voice your thoughts and opinions, share your ideas with other leaders within the community. Get involved! There are many people in this area who want to see the future generation succeed. Begin networking early, and don’t be afraid to take risks.
“I used to think Dana Wobser was the definition of an overachiever. When we met in college, her extracurriculars took up more time than most students’ course loads. But I soon realized that my first assessment lacked a major factor: She just cares. She cares about organizations, the community and simply put, people in general.”
• Sandusky High School
• Walsh University, undergraduate and graduate school, both with honors
In the community
• Member of Torchbearers
• Volunteered at the Akron Canton Foodbank, Akron Children’s Hospital, United Way, Akron Snow Angels and many more
• Big sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program
• Walsh University Accounting Student of the Year (senior year)
• Earned MBA in one year
• Worked at Deloitte and Touche, one of the Big Four accounting firms
• Organized the United Way campaign at Myers Industries for several years
• Earned her SHRM-SCP and SPHR certifications
• Part of the leadership team that drove strategic initiatives at Myers Industries
• Adjunct professor at the DeVille School of Business at Walsh University
• Awarded a 2017 30 for the Future Award
• Inaugural winner of Walsh University’s Young Alumni Leadership Award
• Parents: Tom and Kathy Wobser from Sandusky
• Has two brothers, two sisters-in-law, a niece and nephew and too many cousins to count
• Mary Ross, Assistant Director of Marketing at Case Western Reserve University—Weatherhead School of Management