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Adilka White

  • Gender: Female
  • University: INTEC College
  • University: Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
  • Undergraduate Degree: Industrial engineering
  • Graduate Degree: Engineering
  • Organization: UPS
  • Position Title: Director, Engineering Center of Excellence
  • HSF Leadership Role: Member, HSF Atlanta Advisory Council

Adilka White, originally from the Dominican Republic, says she’s been driven to achieve academic success, since she was young. “My parents set a great example for me and my siblings on the importance of education as a cornerstone of development,” she said.

 

She adds that she was also inspired to get a higher education by her cousin, who she explains “had significant physical limitations, due to a disease that impacted her muscles and overall physical development.” Despite her challenges, that cousin was the first on the maternal side of the family, to finish college, and went on to get a master’s degree, even though, sadly, she passed away at age 33. Her cousin’s fortitude inspired Adilka to “never give up.”

 

With the support of her family, Adilka graduated summa cum laude, with a Bachelor in Science in Industrial Engineering from INTEC, School of Engineering. She then earned two master’s degrees—one in Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing and Logistics Track, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and the other in Logistics, from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra - Escuela de Organización Industrial, School of Industrial Engineering in the Dominican Republic.

 

She began her career at UPS as an intern and now, thirteen years later, is director of the company’s Engineering Center of Excellence.

Outside of her job, Adilka has been an active member of Crecer, the UPS Latino Business Resources Group (BRG) and was the Atlanta Chapter chair, serving the Latino community and facilitating the company’s market share growth in the community.

She is also a member of UPS’s Women’s Leadership Development BRG, for which she has helped organize events and speakers in recognition of the value and diversity of women at UPS. She has also been involved with outside organizations, such as, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Society of Women Engineers and sits on the board of the Hispanic Corporate Council of Atlanta.

She was recognized as one of the Top Latina Leaders of Atlanta by Latino Leaders Magazine, has received the JenLan Rising Star Award from the Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Mentoring Program, and was one of 34 recipients of the 2017 HACR Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers Awards, bestowed by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility.

Adilka is an active member of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s Atlanta Advisory Council, who  values the opportunity through that role “to create impact in [her] community and have the chance to interact with a diverse group of people.” She adds: “Education is the foundation for development and progress…by enabling access to it, HSF is being the catalyst for the Latino community to have great impact on the continued growth of this great nation.” 

Her advice to students about to graduate college is to “have a passion for what you do…if you don’t have it, find something else…even if it means a pay-cut or step down…. In the long run, it will pay off. Having a passion is much better than just having a job!”