Bayer Hawaii Welcomes Becky Ryan, Maui Product Development Site Lead
As we recognize and celebrate International Women’s Day, Bayer Hawaii is proud to announce the hiring of Becky Ryan as the Maui Product Development Site Lead – the first woman to oversee Bayer’s site operations on the island of Maui.
Becky’s passion for agriculture, technology and sustainability began more than 20 years ago when she started her career as a molecular biologist at DeKalb Genetics, which was later acquired by Monsanto. During her time at Monsanto, she held several roles within the corn biotechnology pipeline, including five years on Maui supporting trait development.
After 15 years, Becky left Monsanto to take on a unique role as the director of research and development, field testing at Saphire Energy in Las Cruces, NM. At Saphire Energy, she led a team focused on the development of algae cultivation for biofuels production, making significant progress in crop protection, nutrient management and processing of algae in open production systems.
Just prior to joining Bayer Hawaii, Becky held a leadership role at Indigo Ag, based in Boston, MA. For nearly four years, she was responsible for the development of a global field-testing program in support of microbial seed treatment product development. In this role, she supported the rapid company growth and expansion of testing capabilities spanning several key row crops and world geographies.
Becky received her B.S. in biological sciences from the University of Rhode Island and her M.S. in cellular and molecular biology from the University of New Haven. She is an active member of several Bayer employee-led business resource groups, including Women in Science Exchange (WiSE) and Wahine to Wahine (W2W).
Bayer’s W2W is made up of a diverse group of women from Oahu, Maui and Molokai who strive to empower women to embrace and share the essential connection between agriculture, food and family. This inspiring community of women come from a wide range of careers in agriculture, representing second and third generations of farmers. They work together to not only engage in volunteerism and community service projects, but also provide learning opportunities to women in agriculture, mentorships and networking, as well as encourage young people to make the most of their education and future aspirations.
On March 8, International Women’s Day, the women of W2W will participate in the #ChooseToChallenge social media campaign to call out gender bias and inequality. To learn more or to participate in the #ChooseToChallenge campaign, visit internationalwomensday.com