Smart Women Make Changes

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“You can either accept conditions as they exist or you can accept responsibility for changing them, Smart Women Make Changes…” says Leah Curry, President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, Inc..  Host Jennifer McNelly, President of 180 Skills LC interviews Leah Curry on the role of inspiring the next generation of women leaders in manufacturing.  Leah shares her perspective that if you are not working outside of your comfort zone, you are not learning.  She encourages women to raise their hand and take on the challenging assignments and challenge themselves.  Tune into “Smart Women Make Changes” to listen to Leah’s journey from Mouse Trap to President with lessons along the way.

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Leah Curry
Leah Curry

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Leah Curry is President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, Inc. (TMMWV) located in Buffalo, West Virginia. TMMWV, established in 1996, manufactures 4-cylinder engines for the Camry and Corolla and V6 engines for the Highlander and Sienna. In addition, TMMWV manufactures 6-speed automatic transmissions for the Avalon, Highlander, RAV4, Sienna, and Lexus RX 350 and 8-speed automatic transmissions for the Camry. Curry is responsible for all manufacturing and administrative functions of the manufacturing plant.

Prior to this assignment, she was vice president of Manufacturing at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, Inc. (TMMI) in Princeton, Ind., where she oversaw all manufacturing operations at the plant that produces the Highlander, Sienna and Sequoia.

During her 20-year career with Toyota Leah held several other manufacturing management positions at TMMI including general manager of Assembly and management positions in Body Weld, Stamping, Maintenance, Production Engineering and New Model launch. She started her career as a team leader at TMMI in 1997.

Curry studied Industrial Electronics at the University of Evansville and Ivy Tech Community College in Evansville, Ind. She holds a TPC Certification in Industrial Electronics.

Leah serves on the National Board of Directors of the Manufacturing Institute, and is a board member of The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences and The Education Alliance, a private, non-profit organization that advocates for public school student achievement in West Virginia.

She lives in Hurricane, West Virginia, and is a native of Haubstadt, Ind. She and her husband David have four adult children.