Today we'd like to celebrate our phenomenal Warehouse & Logistics Manager, Lydia Banyai.
As a woman in her twenties heading a team of mechanics, Lydia embodies the leadership, creativity, and passion that women bring to the bike industry.
- How did you get started at Bunch Bikes?
- That's amazing! How did you get from there to here?
- What's it like leading a team in a male-dominated field?
Honestly I was surprised by how welcoming everyone at Bunch was. I was nervous at first, afraid to be different, and afraid of not fitting in. But it has been such a blessing to work here. I have grown so much as a manager and as a human being.
I do sometimes get pushback from people outside of Bunch Bikes, like occasionally a truck driver who is surprised that I am the manager.
I don't let it affect me though, I have no problem putting people in their place to get things done.
- What advice would you share with young women who are working their way toward leadership roles?
I think the most important skill to have in a leadership position is the willingness to learn. This could be learning from your mistakes, learning and implementing new efficiencies, learning how to work with your team....and so much more.
I also believe in being honest, and not being a "know it all." If I don't know how to do something, or something is my fault, I will always 100% own up to it, and fix the mistake however I can.
- Anything else?
I love our customers and have a special soft spot for our K9 crew - especially our lead K9 product tester, my dog Red!
I am so glad Aaron took a chance on me, and trusts me to lead such an awesome team.