Abbey Color Incorporated

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Location: Philadelphia, PA
Industry: Manufacturing, professional services

Abbey Color Incorporated

Dr. Kristen Nielsen Donnelly
Director of Personnel and Research
Years in role: 10
Years at company: 3

INSPIRING THE TEAM: Dr. Kristen Nielsen Donnelly is the only woman on the executive team at Abbey Color Incorporated, and she serves alongside her father and brother. “This dynamic demands a balance between familial relations and professionalism, especially on behalf of myself,” she says. “I am careful to take responsibility for my own actions and the actions of the teams, … and strive to provide the resources necessary for every member of our company to be successful.”

FUN FACT: “While I grew up in the Philadelphia area, I left to explore various educational pursuits. I moved back to the area most recently from Belfast, Northern Ireland, where I lived while earning my Ph.D.”

OVERCOMING CHALLENGES: Donnelly’s biggest challenge has been transitioning from academics to business. “I am grateful to not only my fellow employees at Abbey Color, but the myriad of professionals who have helped mentor me through the process,” she says.

STRONG RELATIONSHIP: The CEO of Abbey Color is also Donnelly’s father. “His role as my father has always been one of mentoring and guiding, so that has intensified, but there has been added focus on training as a businesswoman” since Donnelly joined the family business, she says. “I’m constantly challenged to exceed my own expectations.”