Lansdale, Pa. — Magen Buterbaugh broke an extremely old glass ceiling on Jan. 3 when she became the first female president and CEO in the 150-plus-year history of Greene Tweed & Co.
And she has some simple advice for women who are looking to climb the corporate ladder in traditionally male-dominated industries, as is the case at Lansdale-based Greene Tweed.
"My advice to women would be do what you're passionate about," she said. "I've been passionate about chemicals and materials since I came into the engineering space. And I find when you're passionate about what you're doing you can accomplish all things."
It's also vital for women to think about it in "terms of being the best you can be," she said. "Work hard; make sure you have great mentors, great sponsors; and never say no to a great opportunity."
Buterbaugh has had great mentors, both women and men. Two, however, stood out. Early in her career, she had a mentor and sponsor who would go on to be a DuPont president. "Then, over time, I developed a very strong relationship with another female director who is now retired. There were others, but those two were the most notable."
They gave her different perspectives. Buterbaugh has said that she has been supported, challenged and provided opportunities by both men and women since then.