SheIsSEMA Spotlight: Meet Chelsea Arnold of DLG Lighting

By Ashley Reyes

SBN Spotlight

The SEMA Businesswomen's Network (SBN) has named Chelsea Arnold, customer service lead at DLG Lighting, as the network's newest #SheIsSEMAspotlight member. 

Get to know Arnold in her interview with SEMA News below. 

SEMA News: How many years have you been with your current company and what do you enjoy most about working there? 

Chelsea Arnold: Two years. What I enjoy most is having the opportunity to learn and grow in the automotive lighting industry.

SN: What is the most challenging part of your business or job?  

CA: The most challenging part is getting your footing and proving you can work just as hard as anyone else.

SN: How many years have you been in the industry and what was your first industry job?  

CA: Zero. This was my first industry position! 

SN: What three qualities got you to where you are today?  

CA: Having attention to detail, compassion and being strong-willed.  

SN: Being a woman in the industry, what have been your biggest challenges and accomplishments? 

CA: Proving that I know as much as the guys! I have customers double-check my answers all the time, so I have to stay on top of my game and prove I know what's best for them. 

SN: Who are your role models or mentors in the industry?  

CA: None in the industry, but my mom has helped me keep calm when I'm frustrated about work and pushes me to do my very best.  

SN: What is the best career advice you have received?  

CA: Coach up or coach out. I apply it to myself when I think I can't accomplish something. I either coach myself through it or coach myself out into a better situation.  

SN: Have you always wanted to work in the automotive industry? What keeps you here? 

CA: Not always but I enjoy having knowledge about vehicles that many people don't.  

SN: Who was the most influential person on your career/goals? 

CA: My mom.  

Fill out a #SheIsSEMA spotlight form to submit a self-nomination or nominate a colleague and highlight how you or she is contributing to the specialty-equipment industry. Selected candidates are automatically eligible to be considered for SBN's #SheIsSEMA Woman of the Year award, featured on SBN's social media, SEMA News and recognized on the website.