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Oskin Leadership Institute Honors DuPont's Ellen Kullman

Kullman presented with Bugle

Widener sophomore Nichole Dantoni (left) presents Ellen Kullman with the Widener Bugle for answering the call to leadership.

Widener's Oskin Leadership Institute honored Ellen Kullman, chair and chief executive officer of DuPont, at The Third Annual Voices of Leadership Dinner on January 30. The evening celebrated the Institute's mission to inspire students to be strategic leaders and responsible citizens who possess the character, courage and competencies to affect positive change throughout the world.

Roughly 100 business and civic leaders from the Greater Philadelphia area joined Widener University President James T. Harris III and the Oskin Leadership Institute for a dinner and intimate discussion led by Widener Trustee Brian Tierney, as Kullman shared her thought-provoking anecdotes and lessons. Named CEO of DuPont just days before the start of the global financial crisis, Kullman has led the company in one of its most significant strategic transformations in the more than 210 years since DuPont began operations.

"Calling people to action is a defining quality of a leader," said Widener University President James T. Harris III. "Mrs. Kullman's achievements and experiences guiding DuPont employees to success as the first woman to lead the company is an inspiration to Widener University students. In addition to providing a role model such as Ellen for our students, having a leader from one the region's top companies gives our guests the chance to learn and grow from another's experience."

Following the discussion, the Oskin Leadership Institute presented Kullman with the Widener Bugle for her answer to the call of leadership. A centerpiece in American military history, the bugle's various calls kept troops informed over vast distances prior to radio technology, which is why a bugle is presented to the honored guests of the Voices of Leadership each year.

For more information about the Voices of Leadership Dinner, please visit the Oskin Leadership Institute website

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