The award recognizes outstanding leadership by a woman board chair or CEO exhibiting courage in making strategic leadership decisions and long- and short-term strategic investments.
“I am extremely humbled and proud to be the first female Chair of the Board and CEO of DuPont,” Ellen said during her acceptance remarks. “And I’m proud to be recognized by WomenCorporateDirectors.”
Ellen was one of four awardees at the WCD event. The other visionary awards were for Innovation in Shared Value (Intel), Leadership and Governance (Publicis Groupe) and Leadership and Governance of a Private Company (Monique F. Leroux, chair, president and CEO, Desjardins Group).
WCD described Ellen as “a model of strength, courage and leadership throughout the corporate sector” and said she was selected for the award due to “her leadership in making bold decisions, and her courage in making long-term and short-term strategic investments.”
During her remarks, Ellen talked about DuPont’s transformations over the past 210 years, as well as the company’s focus on solving some of the world’s greatest challenges around food, energy and protection.
“It’s been said that the ultimate test of leadership is the ability to take people where they may not want to go, but where they have to go in order to survive or succeed,” she said. “In that light, there are few leadership challenges in business greater than taking a proud, successful, 210-year-old science company with a distinguished past and transforming it into a new kind of science company with a competitive future.”
WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) is the only global membership organization and community of women corporate directors. It is comprised of more than 1,400 members serving on more than 1,550 boards in 42 chapters around the world.