Navigating any journey for her is best defined by the people that share the experience with her. As a leader, Lina Ramos constantly seeks to find ways to give voice and empowers those who work with her. She believes that the best success stories are not the ones built alone, but are rather those that are built on the collective contributions of an excellent team. The toughest parts of the journey for her are the hard – but necessary – decisions. She firmly believes that tough decisions must be made and she doesn’t regret them because a good business leader is committed to shifting from “opportunistic” to “scalability”. It’s only then that global impact can come into focus. Today, she is honored and privileged to be a part of the founding executive team at Source Intelligence and, working together with her day-to-day, she has what she calls “mini CEO’s” who diligently assess a situation and make business building decisions consistently.
Building, Mentoring, Living with Passion
Lina brings more than 28 years of P&L responsibility at Fortune 500 companies and privately held ventures, both domestic and abroad. Expert at building technology-driven companies into profitable, high-growth businesses that are positioned for market leadership, Lina directs all expansion, partnership, demand generation, and sales strategies at Source Intelligence. Prior to dedicating herself to venture backed companies, she worked at P&G (USA & Intl.), Booz Allen Sales Estimating System, and Monsanto, where she reported directly to the CEO.
Lina earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and has served as a Mentor for the Toyota Women in Supply Chain Mentoring Program sponsored by the Toyota Foundation and The Peter F. Drucker Center for Supply Chain & Logistics. Besides enjoying the Southern California lifestyle with her husband and 3 children, Lina has and, for 5 consecutive years, earned the “Women’s Champion” title for Shadow Tour Century Ride (100 miles) where she holds the course record as well as competed in 26 Ironman events including 5 Championship venues.
Life-long Passion for Environmental Sustainability
Lina has also been involved with “green technology” since 1992, fueling a life-long passion for environmental sustainability. Scientific evidence supports that a global commitment to sustainability is critical or we will continue to experience climate change and potentially catastrophic repercussions of that change. She believes the efforts to ensure environmental sustainability are not the responsibility of one organization, political party, or NGO group. Rather, it is the responsibility of every individual on the planet to contribute. As individuals, we roll into organizations and political parties and groups. However, ownership at the individual level, according to her, will lead to more commitment and impact at the macro level.
Feeling a sense of Satisfaction as her Change comes into Reality
Lina feels her life’s work will never be “done”, and hence she doesn’t believe to have achieved all that she has desired. “In fact, I recently went to a graduate school reunion and a consistent theme which I felt passionately about was on reinvention. What do we commit ourselves to for the next 10 years? Having said that, I have felt a sense of satisfaction when the change I seek to make does come to reality. An example of that is when some of our Fortune 500 clients top the list as “Most Sustainable” or having the “Best Corporate Social Responsibility” program. It’s personal victory to read the report and know, Source Intelligence was entrusted to play a role in their success,” Lina mentioned to Beyond Exclamation.
Delivering Advanced, Cost-effective Technology
Source Intelligence is a leading provider of regulatory compliance, environmental health & safety (EHS), sustainability and corporate responsibility data services and solutions. The company brings value to over 500,000 users of its platform by delivering an advanced, cost-effective technology. The company’s supply chain expertise and data services are designed to help companies comply with the law, minimize operational and brand risk, and improve efficiency.
The company centralizes over 60 GRC programs onto a single platform that is fully reportable and auditable. Recognized for its supply chain data management, risk management and advanced analytics and visualization, Source Intelligence serves many of the Fortune 500 and Global 2000. Founded in 2009 by career experts in environmental solutions and analytics, Source Intelligence is headquartered in Carlsbad, California and boasts global operations. SI has received multiple awards, including the “GRC Innovation Award”, “Product of the Year” and most recently, “Best Performing Supply Chain Solution Provider, 2018”
A Global Citizen at Work!
Lina believes that the one thing that has changed in her life is the magnitude of the impact she can make as an individual and as a leader. As a privately held company, there’s always more opportunity to develop than there are time or resources, thus she finds herself optimizing everything! Her work time, meeting times, and team resources are constantly being refined based on the learnings and new best practices. Moreover, she has always considered herself as a global citizen; meaning, she does what she does in the service of something larger than herself. At Source Intelligence, their GRC programs help the world’s largest brands eradicate forced labor, prevent corruption, and comply with compliance programs like the California Proposition 65 “as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act.
Simplifying Data Management and Support Strategic Decisions
As technology continues to disrupt, traditional legacy approaches to supply chain management and data collection, hundreds of millions of dollars are being poured into the industry. Source Intelligence was fortunate to be the first-to-market and best-in-class as a recognized leader in centralized supply chain management solutions. “Our programs help companies cost-effectively ensure legal and ethical supply chains. The court of law has implemented regulations, but the court of public opinion has spoken with their dollar. The world’s largest brands no longer see supply chain management as a cost-center focused on risk mitigation, the most innovative companies see it as an investment in a competitive strategic advantage in brand confidence from investors, customers, consumers and employees. To cost-efficiently ensure responsible supply chains that thrive, technology is central to that success,” Lina added.
These forces make it a thrilling time at Source Intelligence. “Because the platform is easily configurable we can create customizable solutions that simplify data management and support strategic decisions. On the horizon: artificial intelligence of particular interest is working to use known variables to conduct predictive analytics for supplier risk,” she concluded.