[Illinois] weSTEM 2013: The Value of Networking

By Marilyn Tears

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Sometimes the key to success is not only what you know but who you know and the relationships that you develop. Networking is a tool that, if used effectively, can make a big difference in your career. Marilyn Tears, an Illinois Grad, and currently a Project Manager at the ExxonMobil Development Company, has experience establishing women's networks in the workplace. She was a founding member of the team that established the Upstream Women's network at ExxonMobil. Marilyn will share her perspective on the value to be gained from networking in various stages of your career based on her over 30 years of working in industry. Her insights on both informal and formal networks, as well as networks in and out of the workplace will inspire you to proactively work towards building connections for yourself.


Ms. Marilyn Tears currently works as a Project Manager for ExxonMobil Development Company, Deepwater Projects. She was active in establishing the ExxonMobil Upstream Women's network and has held several leadership roles for the network. In 2012, she was recognized with the ExxonMobil Upstream Women's Leadership Role Model Award. Ms. Tears obtained her B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1980 and her M.S. in Civil Engineering/Structural Design – Construction Management from the University of Illinois in 1982. She has been an active University of Illinois campus recruiter for ExxonMobil since 1982. Marilyn Tears currently resides in Houston, Texas with her husband of 29 years Nelson Tears. Her husband Nelson is also an ExxonMobil employee. She has 2 daughters who both attend Texas A&M University.


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