Trait Quality Manager (Stewardship Team)
Bayer Crop Science
AWIS member since 2023
“Leadership opportunities are everywhere.”
What’s the most important leadership lesson you’ve learned?
Leadership opportunities are everywhere if you look for them. If you are not a people manager, you still have opportunities to be a leader on project teams, community outreach or through improvement processes. Last year, I took a deep dive into improving my influencing skills. This allowed me to strengthen my communication skills for leading critical conversations, build confidence for giving and receiving feedback, as well as learning to be an active listener and asking follow up questions.
What is your favorite word? (only one word)
How do you define it?
While reading Brene Brown’s Dare to Lead, you are asked to pick two values that you hold most important, and community was at the top of my list. Community is a value that is central to my family values and one that resonates throughout Hispanic culture. To me, community means bringing people together where they can share ideas, empower each other, work towards a common goal, and have fun in the process!
How has this word influenced or inspired your career?
Community as one of my values makes me reflect on how I focus my time both professionally and personally. I am lucky to have found organizations along my career path, like AWIS and Bayer, which allow me to contribute to a mission that aligns with my values.
How does AWIS impact your career journey?
One of my mentors shared the “Learn, Earn and Return” mindset. I “learned” my skill set and am currently “earning” as an early career professional. I joined AWIS to “return” my time to other women in science by sharing my experiences and I’m hoping to be a mentor to students and other early career professionals.
What are you currently reading or listening to?
I am currently re-listening to Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer as I enjoy the experiences she shares, and the lessons learned from her life and career journey. I highly recommend this book to curious readers who will enjoy the scientific background, woven with Indigenous wisdom and balancing career and family.
Amanda Reyna holds a BS in Biology from University of Texas-Pan American and an MS in Plant and Soil Science from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She joined Bayer Crop Science in 2021 and is currently on the Stewardship Team managing Trait Quality initiatives. Previous experiences include plant genotyping roles in Bayer and Benson Hill in Missouri and BASF in RTP, North Carolina. She also worked as a Science Educator in Texas and North Carolina. She resides in St. Louis, MO with her husband Steven, and beloved rescue dog, Annie. Hobbies include hiking, urban sketching, trying regional foods when traveling, and gardening.