Shaunna Black: TI executive, mentor, innovator and community leader
Shaunna Black (right) visits with Richardson School District Board President, Kim Quirk, and Pam Krause, director of Leadership & Education, Metroplex Technology Business Council during TI's recent STEM Awards reception.
Shaunna Black aims to provide avenues for girls to discover the opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers and she seeks to mentor women already working in these fields.
As a TI vice president and manager of Worldwide Facilities, Black knows a lot about the challenges and rewards of working in the typically male-dominated profession of engineering. She has spent much of her career helping women and girls build self-confidence about their unique abilities that can make them valuable assets in the high-tech work force and advance their careers.
As a mentor to women, Black started her career at TI as the first female construction project manager and fabrication facilities operations manager. She joined TI in 1985 with a degree in mechanical engineering, following a five-year teaching career. After 15 years in facilities management, Black was asked to serve as a fabrication manager for a semiconductor plant that is today one of TI's premier facilities, thanks to Blackís sharp management skills.
Through the years, Black has supported numerous programs that encourage careers in STEM fields, and she promotes the growth and development of girls and women through mentoring.
In 2001, she was a founding member of the Women of TI Fund, which finances programs that focus on getting girls into STEM careers and provides gender equity training for high school teachers and counselors to assist them. She has also helped launch several executive mentoring programs in Dallas and Richardson that help foster partnerships between the public and private sectors. Black is an executive mentor for the Richardson Independent School District Executive Coaching Partnership and an executive mentor for Menttium 100, which is designed to enhance leadership skills and promote corporate retention of women managers.
Recently, in honor of her contributions and achievements, the Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC) honored Black with the Tech Titans Community Hero Award.
The Tech Titans awards honor outstanding visionaries, leaders and innovators in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for their contributions and achievements in the field of technology. The MTBC does not only look at the bottom line and economic impact; it also considers community service, innovation and technology leadership.
Today, Black is responsible for the design, construction and operation of TIís facilities, environmental, safety and health programs and global real estate management. She is a board member of the MTBC, the TI Foundation and the Executive Advisory Board of the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. She is an alumna of Leadership Texas and Leadership Richardson and a frequent speaker at universities and international conferences.
Black was inducted into the Women in Science and Technology Hall of Fame by Women in Technology International for her contribution to the science and technology fields, and was inducted into the Circle of Honor by the Dallas Women's Foundation and recognized as "A Woman of Achievement" by the Richardson YWCA.
Black holds bachelor of science degrees in mechanical engineering from New Mexico State University and in education from the University of Texas in Austin.
"I didn't know that in engineering I would be teaching every day," Black said. "If you are in service to your people, committed to helping them grow their capacity and unleash their talents and natural gifts, then youíre coaching and teaching daily."