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Barbara Allen

Barbara earned a degree in chemical engineering. She later realized she manufacturing and design are more interesting than chemicals.

Beginning her career supervising a manufacturing team, she quickly learned the importance of humility when working with others, and developed a love for helping those on her team. She continues to develop professionals as she leads her team at Irwin & Associates. Join us in this episode as we hear how she found her dream job, then eventually bought the company, and how she continues to develop her team’s skills supporting medical device product companies while offering an incredible work life balance.

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