Updated March 28 at 4:28pm

Navigating a path to success by collaboration

By Victor Paul Alvarez
Contributing Writer
Textron’s Marie Carlino is a true businesswoman, not just a woman in business.

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Navigating a path to success by collaboration


Textron’s Marie Carlino is a true businesswoman, not just a woman in business.

Yes, there is a difference.

“I believe a woman in business is a worker who shows up every day and completes what is needed. A true businesswoman is dedicated, she is a visionary and makes every attempt to drive success in everything she does,” said Charles Affleck, a program director and colleague at Textron Inc.

Some of Carlino’s success may have rubbed off from her mother, an Italian immigrant who married a Navy cook and came to this country without language or family. She found her way, and made her way. She is her daughter’s hero, and Carlino is honoring that legacy as a woman who – like her mother – takes on challenges and spends her life learning the way.

“I see myself as a businesswoman who drives results by fostering teamwork and collaboration as well as inspiring others to be successful. … I have had good role models and mentors here at Textron over my career, and for women to succeed in business, being mentored and being a mentor is important,” she said.

In her 33-year career with the company, Carlino has held many and varied positions, with each opening her up to new challenges and broadening her perspective.

“During my tenure at Textron, I’ve had the privilege of working with some very influential business leaders who have left a mark on my career,” she said. “I’ve witnessed Textron’s evolution into a global industry leader in aircraft, defense, industrial and financial business.”

Today Carlino is a director for IT application, managing Textron’s buyer application, which processes more than $1 billion for the company. She managed to carve out this impressive career in one of the state’s largest companies by never putting down a mission picked up.

“Marie takes everything she has ever been assigned to the very end. She never pushes off duties to others or assigns things to people who do not have the expertise to handle it. … It is for this reason she has never failed,” Affleck said.

A certified Six Sigma black belt, Carlino is also ITIL V3 certified and has attended Textron’s executive development program, conducted by Harvard Business School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA from Bryant University.

Other successful businesswomen can boast similar, impressive CVs. But Affleck pays her the biggest compliment:

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