Elba Lizardi, Site Director for BASF in Seneca, has recently been named to Diversity Woman Media’s Power 100 List of Women Leaders for her outstanding contributions to business. The Power 100 List highlights “the brightest rising stars across all races, cultures and identities” and “women leaders throughout the country who are powering forward on the fast-track in their careers.”
“I love what I do and where I work, and to love your career and your colleagues is reward enough, so it’s an incredible honor to be recognized as a national leader,” said Lizardi. “I hope when young girls and women read this list—especially Latin women like me – that they see what’s possible and are inspired to consider a career in manufacturing, which is deeply rewarding.”
Lizardi grew up in Puerto Rico before attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and earning her MBA from Tecnológico de Monterrey and an Executive Certificate in Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management, Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies.
She joined BASF in 2020 and was named Site Director at BASF’s Seneca facility in August 2020. Lizardi has more than 25 years of manufacturing experience and an extensive knowledge of precious metal technologies including refining, chemical product manufacturing, new product introduction, catalytic converter manufacturing, precious metal analytics and metal control security.
Lizardi is currently making notable progress toward BASF’s goal of 30% female leadership at the company by 2030. She advocated for the launch of BASF’s North American Apprenticeship Development Program at the site in Seneca, which is focused on increasing diversity at the company and is currently training is third cohort of apprentices. She also supports the Women in BASF employee resource group, which provides support, education and networking opportunities for women at BASF.
About BASF in Seneca
BASF is currently hiring. Hourly compensation starts at $22.50/hour and increases with experience. For more information, visit www.basf.us/careers. BASF’s site in Seneca is one of five BASF sites in South Carolina. The Seneca site employs 425 employees and additional contractors. This site is a specialty chemical catalysts manufacturing and precious metal refining facility. BASF customers use those products to produce a wide variety of products including pharmaceuticals, water treatment media for the removal of lead, arsenic and other impurities from drinking water, for fertilizers, herbicides, auto-emission catalysts, plastics, fragrances and more.
BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 16,700 employees in North America and had sales of $25.9 billion in 2021. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit www.basf.com/us.
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Around 111,000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio comprises six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €78.6 billion in 2021. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at www.basf.com.