A Publication of WTVP

40 Leaders Under Forty

As new product introduction team leader for Caterpillar Inc., Bethany G. Thimote is responsible for delivering electronic components and systems to the aftermarket, driving improvements in company profits and sales revenue. She is AGILE certified and a 6 Sigma Green Belt, a talented engineer passionate about positively impacting the community through STEM-related mentorship and tutoring.

In launching a new quality process for Cat Electronics, Thimote ensured her team was an early adopter, paving the way for others to support its implementation. She led Built in Quality (BIQ) efforts for the Large Wheel Loaders and Dozers maintenance programs, assuming responsibility for those programs in 2020. A formal mentor to Caterpillar employees and engineering interns, she is active in the company’s recruiting efforts as well.

A relentless advocate for diversity and inclusion, Thimote has expanded her impact broadly through her leadership with a range of community organizations. An integral member of the Society of Women Engineers’ (SWE) Central Illinois section, she has led the Professional Development committee, served on the Executive Board, and created award-winning events for its 250+ professional members. She was a founding member of the National Society of Black Engineers – Central Illinois chapter, integral in fundraising and efforts to foster the interest of minority students in STEM fields and professions. 

Thimote has served in various capacities with Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority’s Nu Pi Omega Chapter, from creating its website to leading yearly evaluations and reports to the corporate organization. She also participates in a variety of community service activities through AKA, from volunteering for the American Heart Association to organizing voter registration efforts and much more. She has served as a roundtable moderator for the Illinois Diversity Council, a mentor for Girls Light Our Way and a longtime math tutor. She has coordinated a food drive for It Takes a Village, and volunteered in the soup kitchen for the Loaves & Fishes program at First United Methodist Church. PM