W.L. Gore & Associates
Terri Kelly, President and CEO
Known as the maker of Gore-Tex fabric and Glide dental floss, W.L. Gore & Associates employs more than 10,000 associates in 45 plants around the world. What sets them apart is the company's team-based, flat lattice organization that fosters personal initiative. In her session, peer-selected president and CEO Terri Kelly will explain how the absence of traditional organizational charts, no chains of command, nor predetermined channels of communication have contributed to the success of this global organization.
Break: 2:30 - 4:00 pm CDT
Terri Kelly is President and CEO of W.L. Gore & Associates, a multi-billion dollar enterprise that employs more than 10,000 associates in 45 plants around the world. Terri joined Gore as an engineer in 1983 after graduating summa cum laude from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
Terri’s leadership abilities have driven her success in a company known for its non-hierarchical “lattice” structure. She earned the title of president and CEO in 2005 — one of the few titles within the enterprise — following a peer-driven selection process.
In addition to her role at Gore, Kelly is on the board of directors for the Nemours Foundation — one of the nation’s leading children’s health care systems. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Delaware. Kelly is a member of the Management Executives’ Society and the Forum of Executive Women of Delaware. She resides in Delaware with her husband and four children.