MICHELLE COOPER is senior director at Applied Materials serving as operations leader in their ERP transformation. With a 25 year career, all in high tech fields, Cooper has been on the brink of burn-out multiple times. As she brought her son Baron into the world in 2010 she got a major wake-up call and while she still struggles, she is more conscious of balance and joy than ever before. She rejoined Applied in December after four years with SunPower as VP supply chain. From 2000 to 2013, she had multiple roles at Applied Materials in operations and supply chain. She is a Polymer Chemical Engineer/MBA who started her career with Eastman Chemical Company.