3M’s Marlene McGrath Selected as NAFE’s 2016 Global Women’s Envoy

ST. PAUL, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–There’s an art to great leadership. If you combine the skills of
listening, empowerment and experience, and enable them in the right
person, you can create an effective force for change. 3M is fortunate to
have a strong champion for women’s leadership and advancement in Senior
Vice President of Human Resources Marlene McGrath.

The National Association for Female Executives has recognized McGrath’s
strong leadership as well, naming her the 2016 Global Women’s Envoy. The
annual NAFE Women of Excellence Awards honor the achievements and
accomplishments of outstanding women committed to serving and enriching
their workplaces, their communities, and the world.

McGrath’s passion for developing women to take on leadership roles paved
the way for 3M’s global Women’s Leadership Forum, an organization
focused on accelerating the advancement of women across 3M. Her efforts
have made a difference for thousands of women and have benefited the
company by improving gender balance at 3M locations around the word. She
is known for her long-time support of mentoring women and the changes
she has championed throughout 3M to build a more diverse and inclusive

“I can’t think of a more befitting recipient. Marlene is what so many
female leaders are searching for, a real-life example who lives the
values and behavior she coaches others on,” said Britta Lesaux, Consumer
Business Group executive director, 3M Canada. “Marlene keeps me thinking
big and encourages me to stretch into the best version of myself.”

NAFE winners are chosen for their vision, courage, compassion, proven
success and generosity as demonstrated by how they help other women and
girls succeed.

“Business and corporate women who focus on ensuring the success of other
women often do this work under the radar, and it is our privilege to
call them out as NAFE Women of Excellence,” said Dr. Betty Spence,
president of NAFE. “Our 2016 honorees have achieved great — often
glittering — success in their own careers and businesses, and they are
using their power and influence to spur the progress of younger women by
sponsoring, mentoring, promoting, and funding them, breaking barriers
and changing policies so those coming up have a clearer path to success
than they might have had.”

McGrath began her 3M career more than 22 years ago as a lawyer in the
company’s legal department. She also served as a manager within the
Advanced Materials Division at 3M Canada, then director and vice
president in human resources before being named to that organization’s
top spot in 2012.

More information on Marlene’s award and the biographies of the other
2016 NAFE Women of Excellence can be found here.

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