IIN Frontiers in Nanotechnology Seminar Series – Nancy Gray
Nancy Ryan Gray
President and Chief Executive Officer
Gordon Research Conferences
The Keys to Success…are Somewhere at the Bottom of My Purse
This presentation highlights the top twelve lessons Gray has learned during her circuitous career path from industrial research at a Fortune 500 company to executive leadership in non-profit organizations. These lessons involve how to seek and respond to performace feedback, how to create opportunities for advancement, how to establish a work/family balance, and why “fish are smart and birds are stupid.”
In addition to sharing the “things I know now” but “wish I’d known then,” the presentation highlights ongoing efforts to advance culture change at the frontiers of science through the launch of the Gordon Research Conferences’ newest program, “The GRC Power Hour.”
Nancy Ryan Gray is the current President and Chief Executive Officer of the Gordon Research Conferences. She received her BS in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame in 1981 and her PhD in Fuel Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University in 1985. Prior to joining GRC, Nancy served as the Director of
Membership at the American Chemical Society and as a Research Specialist in Organic Chemistry at Exxon Production Research Company (now Exxon/Mobil).
Nancy serves on the Board of Directors of Ligand Pharmaceuticals. Ligand is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing or acquiring technologies that help pharmaceutical companies in drug discovery, early-stage drug development, and product reformulation. She is also the recipient of the 2013 Providence
Business News Industry Leader Award for Non-Profit Organizations. Nancy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as a member of the American Chemical Society.