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Dow’s Kim Ann Mink Recognized as a Leader in Promoting STEM Diversity

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A national organization dedicated to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) excellence has recognized Dow’s Kim Ann Mink as a leading voice for diversity in STEM fields.

Mink is part of the new publication “100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM” released Tuesday, Sept. 23, by STEMconnector(R) in print form and online. The publication offers insights from CEOs, presidents and executives at some of the country’s most influential companies, such as Dow, Intel, 3M, Boeing, Cisco, Disney and IBM.

“Kim Ann’s leadership in promoting STEM diversity exemplifies Dow’s ongoing positive impact at the intersection of science and society,” said Dow Chairman and CEO Andrew N. Liveris. “On behalf of the 53,000 women and men of Dow, I hope this prestigious recognition, along with our continued collaboration with STEMConnector(R), inspires many beyond our company to take action as well.” Liveris himself was honored by STEMconnector(R) in “100 CEO Leaders in STEM,” released in 2013.

The Company has expanded its involvement in STEM initiatives in a comprehensive effort to help develop the workforce of the future. Part of that expansion was the creation of the STEM Executive Council, made up of senior leaders from across the organization, dedicated to crafting a corporate STEM strategy and ensuring its implementation. Mink is one of nine members of the Council.

“100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM” includes Mink’s perspectives on innovation, supporting teachers and promoting mentorship, as well as information about Dow’s extensive employee resource groups and the many STEM initiatives the company supports.

“Dow values the differing experiences, backgrounds and perspectives our employees bring, and we are committed to building a vibrant, diverse and talented employee base,” Mink explains in the publication.

In addition to serving as president of Dow’s Elastomers, Electrical and Telecommunications business, Mink is the North American co-chair for the Women’s Innovation Network, a forum for Dow people to share experiences, find mentors, seek professional development and gain access to senior leadership. Mink represents Dow on the Catalyst Board of Advisors, which guides the leading nonprofit membership organization working globally with businesses to build inclusive workplaces and expand opportunities for women. Mink also is a member of the National Board of Trustees for the ALS Association, a national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s disease.

“She has been an important part of our success in making STEM a priority around Dow,” said Matt Davis, Corporate Vice President, Public Affairs & Government Affairs, and chair of the STEM Council. “This recognition is certainly well deserved.”

The selection process for “100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM” included thorough research and outreach to more than 100 CEOs for nominations. For each nominee, STEMconnector(R) gathered information in three areas:

  • The executive’s background and career
  • The company’s STEM position within its industry
  • The nominee’s perspective on a variety of issues in the STEM space, including mentoring and diversity

Publication of “100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM” is the beginning of a year-long effort to advance the conversation on diversity and STEM. A national STEM TownHall, featuring several of the honorees, is scheduled to take place Oct. 22 via Google Hangout. Beginning Sept. 24, STEMconnector(R) will feature one executive per day as part of STEMdaily(R), its daily online newsletter. To see the full list of honorees and download the electronic version of “100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM” go to www.STEMconnector.org/100Diverse. Follow the conversation online at #100STEMLeaders.

About STEMconnector(R)

STEMconnector(R) is a consortium of more than 110 companies, associations, academic institutions and government entities concerned with STEM education and the future of human capital. With several products and services, STEMconnector(R) is both a resource and a service, designed to link “all things STEM.” STEMconnector’s(R) network includes organizations at the global, national, state and local levels. STEMconnector(R) focuses on the entire STEM workforce pipeline with a particular emphasis on diversity and women.

About Dow

Dow (NYSE:DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from the intersection of chemical, physical and biological sciences to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow’s integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2013, Dow had annual sales of more than $57 billion and employed approximately 53,000 people worldwide. The Company’s more than 6,000 products are manufactured at 201 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to “Dow” or the “Company” mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

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