Women in Technology (WIT) has named Paula Garcia Todd of DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences Woman of the Year in Engineering. The company says this highlights its “ongoing commitment to cultivate world-class female leadership, catalyse culture change, foster gender parity and drive inclusive leadership”. Garcia Todd, Global Strategic Marketing Manager, Pharma Solutions, Dupont Nutrition and Biosciences, was selected out of 140 nominees, and recognised for her leadership in driving pharmaceutical innovation, her championing of diversity efforts, and her ongoing community service.
“As a Latina, I know firsthand how important it is to cultivate an environment in which everyone feels heard and empowered,” said Garcia Todd. “I hope my recognition inspires the next generation to fearlessly pursue a career dedicated to creating life-changing technologies through STEAM that enable our world to thrive.”
In her 17 years with DuPont, and previously The Dow Chemical Company, Garcia Todd has contributed her expertise through roles in engineering, research and development, technical support and various marketing and product management positions. She contributes to her collegiate and local communities by serving on boards and organizations focused on increasing STEAM opportunities, and in working with local teachers to identify and access STEAM corporate outreach programs like those offered through DuPont.
Last year, she was named an IF/THEN ambassador through the American Association for the Advancement of Science to serve as a national role model to middle school girls, enabling her to reach classrooms and clubs across the country through virtual visits and presentations.“For the young female students that she closely mentors, Paula’s award demonstrates that there’s a seat at the table for them in these disciplines and industries,” said Angela Strzelecki, global platform leader, Pharma Solutions, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences.
“Her passion embodies our efforts to help increase opportunities for women and empower female leadership in the workplace, including our pharmaceutical industry.”
DuPont says it’s committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment that leads to sustainable organizational progress, and Garcia Todd’s recognition is a true embodiment of that.