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Dawn Mason

External Innovation Manager, Eastman Chemical Co.


Dawn Mason is an External Innovation Manager at Eastman Chemical Company in Raleigh, N.C. where she is influencing front end innovation by identifying and leveraging external resources to accelerate internal growth initiatives. Since her arrival at Eastman in 2003, Mason has been a key contributor across a broad spectrum of areas that range from bench chemist to building a career development matrix that enhances workforce capabilities, employee engagement and future leader capability. Prior to her arrival at Eastman, Mason worked with E. I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. as an area superintendent and R&D chemist, and she was part of an effort to institute a Laboratory Safety Management program at DuPont. Mason earned her B.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. Throughout her career, she has used her combination of science expertise and people skills to drive a safety culture, which has resulted in zero injuries to direct reports without sacrificing business results.

Dawn is an ACS Fellow, is a member of the UC Center for Laboratory Safety Advisory Board and was a member of the APLU Task Force on Laboratory Safety. Away from work, Dawn is raising a young man and enjoys playing outside and cooking.