Business Leader, Speaker, Advocate, Writer, and Mentor
Aneesa Muthana is a hands-on leader with extensive experience in almost every aspect of a production machining environment. After three decades as CEO and owner of Pioneer Service, Aneesa attributes her success to building a team that embraces continuous improvement, diversity, and leading-edge technology. A keynote speaker, member of several boards, and a Modern Machine Shop contributor, Aneesa captivates her audience with a blend of hard-won knowledge, humility, and a touch of humor. Though she often speaks about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), Aneesa tosses aside old stereotypes of “Boomers vs. Millennials” and men vs women. In their place remains her message of finding common ground through mutual respect.
- Digital Transformation (IIoT)
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
- Women Motivational
Aneesa’s Most Requested Presentations:
Sustainable Success – How To Get The Best Out Of Your Team
Technology alone won’t get it done. Learn how and where to plant the seeds of partnership and about practical methods of keeping your team happy and productive with only minimal use of donuts. Other topics include when to fire a customer and the part outreach plays in safeguarding your business’s future.
Scaling Your Digital Transformation from the Ground Up
The data-driven analytics and automation provided by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 can provide substantial rewards to small and midsize manufacturers. However, the road to Digital Transformation is not without risk. Learn where to begin, how to get your team to buy-in, and how to get the most from your data. Most beyond the theory with the story of how I transformed my shop from the grease and grime of old manufacturing to high-tech precision machining.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
One common hurdle for great ideas is when businesses rush to embrace them without full understanding or respect. This is the difference between a movement and a buzzword.
DEI is a top-down commitment to welcoming a variety of people and perspectives into your community (or business) and giving each of them opportunities to be heard. This session highlights how businesses can successfully implement DEI, the practical benefits of doing so, and what DEI is not.
It is NOT:
- A token board member or trophy employee
- Checking off a box or a political agenda
- Adopting a victim mindset, or encouraging others to do so
- Singling out other races, ages, or any other identifiers as “the oppressors”
DEI begins with us. If we truly want to see it in our community, workplace, and the world-at-large, then it’s our responsibility to show up and deliver. Everyone has something to offer, regardless of creed or color. Why wait for that person to arrive when it can be you or me? We truly fail only when we choose to remain seated.
Breaking Boundaries with Your Identity Intact
Feel like an outsider in your company or industry? The answer to finding success starts with being true to yourself. You will have setbacks. Someone will always be eager to remind you of any failure. Sometimes, that person might even be a voice in your head. Breaking boundaries is anything but easy. Perfection is not a prerequisite. Be authentic, express yourself, listen to those you respect, and work hard! Self-awareness means understanding both your weaknesses and your STRENGTHS—and being willing to work on the former while staying humble about the latter. Believe in what you have to offer, hustle to show it, and remember who you are. The world will take notice. #YouBelong
Recruiting Your Personal Board of Directors
Strong leaders don’t go it alone—they surround themselves with the right people. A personal board of directors (PBOD) is an inner circle of people you admire, whether friends, family, or business associates. Usually informal, these boards provide boundless opportunities for learning, venting steam, or something in between. Learn what “roles” I look to fill on my PBOD, where to find these wonderful people, and how to approach them about it.
Aneesa’s keynote for the Professional Women’s Club of Chicago earned rave reviews… one of the best we’ve ever had! I can honestly say this is the ONLY time I’ve had attendees come up to me afterwards to thank ME for finding such a wonderful speaker.
You are an amazing person and I loved chatting with you. Your insights are spot on and the crowds got more from you than me!
I had the good fortune of seeing Aneesa Muthana speak at the 2021 Women In Manufacturing Conference. She gave a great speech on “Recruiting Your Personal Board of Directors”. Her message just made so much sense and was just so full of great anecdotes, she connected with every person in the room. I took really good notes on her presentation so that we could try to put something like it together..., but on a whim I asked her if she would present it to our women and she did! It was probably our most talked-about Lunch and Learn for all of 2021!!
I have worked with Aneesa in my role at The Manufacturing Institute. She is knowledgeable and well-spoken and passionate about manufacturing, giving back, community and inclusiveness. She's a terrific leader and role model.
Aneesa is authentic as a speaker, authoritative on her topic, and her confidence puts all at ease… After the session, expect to see a line of audience members queued up to get a personal conversation in and exchange cards.
You would love seeing how she resonated with our entire community of women entrepreneurs and corporate supporters. If you’re like us, you’ll leave her talk feeling inspired and with tips and lessons that really resonate.
Thank you for your outstanding Best Practices of Continuous Improvement sessions… Great stories about exciting transformations… Enjoyed the personal, heart-felt stories over stats & acronyms. My favorite session so far!
Aneesa represents a new type of manufacturing leader. She is a seeker, contributor, and collaborator with the community...She constantly looks for new and innovative strategies, ideas, and approaches to help others.
She has this innate ability to help the individual(s) to whom she is speaking reach deep inside and find their own sense of purpose and empowerment. That, to me, is the real gift of Aneesa Muthana.
Her honesty, humor, and poise were reflected in the glowing reviews she received from our honorees, many of whom referenced her talk directly as being one of the highlights of the entire program.
When it was time for her to present, Aneesa’s ability to command the attention of everyone in the room was second to none… she displays strength, confidence, and knowledge.
I personally have also recommended her for International Women’s Day programs, in addition to other business events that were looking for a dynamic, professional speaker.
During the presentation, Aneesa was informative, funny, and very engaging with our members. She portrayed the finesse and confidence of an experienced speaker.
She was generous and transparent with sharing her experiences, her authenticity and credibility really resonated with the attendees.
She never fails to engage an audience and bring her depth of knowledge and personal experience to each group she speaks with.
Great leadership is paramount for the success of a business. Aneesa is that leader… One of the warmest people I have ever met.
Aneesa Muthana is a powerful and dynamic speaker and a true inspiration for those fortunate to hear her message.
She spoke with confidence, understanding, life experiences, and with a keen sense for reaching her audience.
Aneesa Muthana is an amazing and engaging speaker who will be a tremendous addition for any program.
Aneesa Muthana is a thoughtful and thought-provoking voice...engaging and persuasive.