Please join host Barbara Trautlein as she interviews Newsha Ghodsi, who shares stories (and quotes – like the one in the title!) about her career rising through the refinery ranks to achieve her current position as Operations Manager responsible for leading over 200 union and salaried employees to conduct safe, compliant, and reliable plant operations. Newsha talks about career challenges and key learnings spanning from dealing with difficult people to challenging status quo to changing culture. She offers relevant and real-world tips for career advancement including the benefits of focusing on broadening and exploring interests verses on promotions, proactively pursuing career discussions with managers and mentors to see what’s out there for you, and doing what interests you instead of what you think you need to do to move up. Newsha’s bottom-line advise: speak-up for what you believe in, and never give up!
Newsha is currently the Operations Manager at Andeavor’s Los Angeles Refinery (Wilmington). In this role, Newsha manages an operating department of over 200 union and salaried employees who are responsible for safe, compliant, and reliable plant operations.
Newsha has over 23 years of experience in the energy industry, spanning Technical, Operations, and Commercial roles in Refining. She began her career with ARCO, following graduation with a BS in Chemical Engineering from UCLA. During her first 7 years, she held Technical positions in Process Design and Operations Engineering at ARCO’s Washington and California refineries. She also held a Volumetric Planner role, which sparked her interest in the Commercial side of the business and led to her pursuit of an MBA from UCLA’s Fully Employed MBA program.
In 2001, following BP’s acquisition of ARCO, Newsha assumed Commercial roles in Supply and Trading, including a one year assignment in London and her first managerial role. In 2008, Newsha transitioned into Refinery Operations as an Operations Superintendent. For the next 5 years, she managed a team of 50 salaried and union employees and provided leadership to achieve ongoing safe, reliable operations.
In 2013, shortly following the Tesoro acquisition of BP’s Carson refinery and merger with Tesoro’s existing Wilmington refinery, Newsha assumed the role of Technical Manager for the combined plant. She led a department of 75 engineers and specialists focused on process engineering, design, and controls. She held this role until March 2016, when she moved into her current role.