DuPont Among Top Companies for Women

DuPont News, April 24, 2012
DuPont named among Top 50 Companies for Executive Women.
DuPont employees at NAFE Top Companies Gala Awards Luncheon. (Seated, left to right): Karen Fletcher, Jocelyn Scott, Colleen Pritchett and Diane Picho. (Standing, left to right): Dale Outhous, Valerie Sill, Ellen Kullman, Karen Browne and Greg Lane.


DuPont recently was named among the “Top 50 Companies for Executive Women” by the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE). DuPont and other companies were honored in New York City where NAFE also celebrated its 40th anniversary.

“It is a great honor for DuPont to be recognized by NAFE as one of the top 50 companies for women,” said Ellen Kullman, DuPont Chair & CEO.

U.S. companies in the running for the designation were judged in the areas of company profile, workforce profile, women’s issues and advancement, and company culture. They were compared by such factors as the percentage of female senior managers, the percentage of female corporate executives and the percentage of female leaders of billion-dollar divisions. NAFE also was interested in programs or incentives to promoting the advancement of women.

“I’m proud to be working for a company that values women’s leadership and helps enable women to have successful careers by offering opportunities for flex time, job-sharing, advancement and more,” said Colleen Pritchett, global business director, DuPont Kalrez® and Vespel®, who attended the ceremony.

Ellen and Irene Rosenfeld, Kraft Foods Chair & CEO, participated in a “Conversation on Leadership” as part of the program. They discussed their philosophies on leadership, as well as their companies’ environmental efforts and their work to help women leaders advance.

“Today, young women entering the workforce, whether in science, engineering or business, have more confidence in their abilities, have a real sense of purpose, and have tremendous passion for making real contributions in our world," said Ellen.

In addition to Ellen’s panel discussion, DuPont was represented at the recent NAFE event by Valerie J. Sill, president and CEO, DuPont Capital Management, who was part of a morning roundtable where female executives discussed the value of social business, networking and mentoring.

"My DuPont colleagues and I were beaming with pride watching Ellen discuss her leadership principles of performance, partnership and passion during the luncheon presentation,” Valerie said. “Ellen shared stories of her path to the top, emphasizing the importance of being yourself rather than trying to be what others want you to be. Ellen delivered her message with candor, humor and passion.”