Welcome to the team! Both of you!

Here I am, at Sky Harbor airport last Sunday, traveling to Cincinnati, Ohio to start in a new role back with the GE Additive team! Oh yeah, as some of you, well, likely most of you didn’t know, I've started a new role, and I’m now just shy of 34 weeks pregnant.

I've learned a lot about myself throughout this journey. I learned how to manage through a situation in which I had no control. I learned the feeling of fear and uncertainty of having an opportunity rescinded over a disclosed pregnancy. I also learned what it feels like to stand in front of a mirror before an interview, look at myself in this new form, and remind myself of the resilient and confident woman that I am.

But the biggest takeaway from all of this is not found in my personal growth. It is found in the profound respect and loyalty I have for the GE Additive and GE Aviation organizations. Their willingness to extend an offer to a woman in late stage pregnancy illustrates immensely their value for women, for parents, and for families, and is an incredible showcase of GE's culture and values. I beam with pride as I share this with you all today.

I am so excited and so grateful to start again on this new journey with my new team. Now, it's time to prioritize where I'll focus before I take some time off to welcome Baby Mendoza into the world. I'm ready to dive right in and pursue it all! No third trimester fatigue here!

I hope that sharing my story inspires other companies both in and out of our industry to do the same.

I also hope it inspires companies and recruiters to not assume that pregnancy equals a career pause button.

And last, to the other women who may be silently facing the same challenges, I hope this inspires you to continue to both actively, confidently, and optimistically pursue professional growth - even while pregnant --- for your new dream team awaits you.

As always, I welcome any comments or questions at additivealison@gmail.com or alison.wyrick@ge.com.

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