Honda R&D Americas Inc. Chief Engineer Lara Harrington has shared her story in Honda’s "What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda" video series.
Harrington recalls she enjoyed working in the garage with her dad, working with her hands and creating things. She mentioned that these had a strong influence in her education and good choices later in life. The chief engineer also shared her mom’s story and how it made an impact on how she sees things at work.
"My mother was raised in rural Tennessee and when they built a road that connected her town to other towns, she suddenly had the opportunity to transform her life by going to college," Harrington said. "I realized at a young age the power of mobility and how it makes peoples' lives better."
Lara Harrington led the development of the 2019 Honda Pilot and is the first woman in Honda to fulfill this top product-development role.
"My job is to understand the customer's needs first and foremost and to exceed their expectations in the product," Harrington said. "Having a diverse team of associates ensures different points of view and experiences are ultimately represented in the product development process."
The "What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda" series featuring Honda employees represents the company’s commitment to The Power of Dreams, Honda’s global theme encouraging employees to contribute ideas that will present new value for customers and the community. Once the ideas are presented, they should also demonstrate the will and determination needed to reach their dream.