Donna Toothman
Global Rolled Products EHS Director
Arconic

“My passion for manufacturing comes from a desire to enhance the connection between EHS performance and overall operational excellence; in particular, looking for ways to adapt and adopt the right technological advancements on the shop floor and increasing ways for people to work smarter and safer than ever before.”

Donna played a key role in introducing Human Performance philosophy into the Arconic safety culture, serving on the initial steering team and volunteering to lead an integration pilot at Arconic Tennessee Operations. Human Performance is a scientific approach to the performance of work at the task and step level, that focuses on a mindset and application of tools to anticipate and minimize human error that could result in incidents related to safety, production, quality and more. Through her mission, Donna listened to the concerns of stakeholders and helped to educate the company on the benefits of Human Performance in the manufacturing setting. Following the successful pilot, she was instrumental in the roll out and standardization of Human Performance across the Global Rolled Product business group, and today it is deeply embedded in the Arconic culture.

Donna is a strong believer in following the same standards to which she holds others, advocating communication between leaders and their teams particularly in times of change. Today, she is co-leading a cross-functional global team to review corporate practices related to self-imposed limits on Beryllium in purchased scrap aluminum and magnesium alloy. As a senior member of the Arconic corporate EHS Council, the EHS & Sustainability overarching governance group, Donna has played an influential role in establishing the foundation for effective EHS governance in support of the Arconic overall business strategy.

Enduring mentoring relationships with peers and colleagues has been a transformational learning experience for Donna throughout her career. She has continued to hone her mentoring and coaching skills to positively impact individual and corporate goals as well as the advancement of women, working to help build self-esteem and confidence with each interaction.

Through Arconic, Donna served on the board of the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. During her tenure, she worked on the fundraising committee to build a new food bank. Her dedication to the organization carries on to this day, as she continues to volunteer and participate in its annual food drive. An active volunteer with the East Tennessee Small Breed Rescue for displaced or abandoned dogs, Donna is passionate about animal welfare. In addition to adopting her dachshund, Salvador, from small breed rescue, she helps to foster and care for dogs waiting for a family.

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