Gayle J. Gibson


Gayle J. Gibson retired as the head of central engineering of DuPont, a Fortune 100 company focused on science-driven innovation.  She was instrumental in the engineering organizational planning for the merged DowDuPont and future planned spin-off companies.  

Prior to her leadership roles in engineering, she was chief of staff to the Chair of the Board and CEO from 2008 to 2013 where she led operating processes for the top 3 levels of leadership.  

During her tenure she supported a CEO succession, major acquisition, major divestiture,  reorganization and company restructuring.  Gayle had a variety of roles in her 34 years with DuPont that included significant leadership driving business improvement in innovation, supply chain, product management, manufacturing, research & development, engineering and diversity/inclusion.  

Gayle was the highest level out LGBT at DuPont and the LGBT employee resource network sponsor.  When she led the company’s LGBT employee resource network, she was instrumental in having the company offer domestic partner benefits and changing its non-discrimination statement to include gender identify and expression.  She did the first ever LGBT focused workshop at two major engineering society annual conferences.  

Gayle has done workshops and spoken at a wide variety of conferences and companies on diversity, transformation and innovation.  

Gayle received the Management Division Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers where she is a Fellow.  She is on the Heritage Council for the Science History Institute.  She previously served on the Board of Directors of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.  Gayle is a certified Six Sigma Champion with an International M.B.A. from European University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University.