Liza Negron Sutowski came from a modest background but overcame the odds by sticking to a one-word piece of advice her mother gave her: education. Liza earned an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and a master’s in environmental engineering. Intellectually curious, she went on to get a law degree and an MBA. Today she uses her legal, business and technical expertise as an intellectual property attorney at ExxonMobil.
But she didn’t get all of those degrees just to better her own plight. Every summer she mentors campers, many coming from underserved middle schools, attending the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp. Throughout the camp she urges them not to give up and to keep up with math and science because it can lead to truly rewarding careers. “Only in the dictionary does ‘success’ come before ‘work,” Negron Sutowski tells Harris campers.