CEO of Avon Products, Inc. and UMass Dartmouth Alumna Sheri McCoy to visit campus September 22 for Leadership & Innovation Campus Talk

Prior to campus talk, Sheri McCoy to join University officials for ribbon cutting of new Bioengineering Laboratory

UMass Dartmouth will welcome CEO of Avon Products, Inc. and distinguished alumna Sheri McCoy '80, '13 (Hon.) to campus Monday, September 22, 2014, at 1:30 p.m., at the UMass Dartmouth Claire T. Carney Library Grand Reading Room, for a Leadership & Innovation Campus Talk with UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Divina Grossman. Avon is the largest direct seller beauty company in the world with more than six million representatives working in more than 100 countries. Sheri McCoy is one of just 24 female CEOs of a Fortune 500 company, and in 2013, she ranked 20th on Fortune magazine's "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" list, which she has been listed on since 2008.

Chancellor Grossman will engage with the University's visiting distinguished alumna on a series of discussion points related to innovation and leadership, followed by a Q&A; session with the audience. Preceding the campus talk, at 1:00 p.m., Chancellor Grossman and Sheri McCoy will join University officials in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the University's Bioengineering Laboratory on the second floor of the Textile building.

Sheri McCoy was appointed as CEO and a director of Avon Products, Inc. in 2012. Sheri joined Avon after 30 years with Johnson & Johnson, where as Vice Chairman, she oversaw 60,000 employees of the company's Pharmaceutical, Consumer, Corporate Office of Science & Technology, and Information Technology divisions. She is a research scientist who holds four patents and serves on several community and education boards. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Textile Chemistry from UMass Dartmouth in 1980, her Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and her MBA from Rutgers University. UMass Dartmouth awarded Sheri an Honorary Degree from the Charlton College of Business when she delivered the Undergraduate Commencement address in 2013.

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