Kelli Gregory
Vice President of Procurement & Business Support
Dixie Chemical Company, Inc.

“Manufacturing provides me with the incredible opportunity to build relationships and meet fascinating people with diverse knowledge, experience and backgrounds. Through these meaningful relationships, we can create opportunity for people and companies by meeting the needs of the marketplace.“

Kelli joined Dixie Chemical at a time when the company was facing significant challenges with overseas competition, morale impacts from workforce reductions, innovation deficits and a talent drain. With her exceptional approachability and integrity, Kelli was a tremendous resource for Dixie management to drive change and build employee alignment. Kelli stabilized retention by assessing and empowering talent, as well as advocating flexible work schedules to vital employees. She also built and supported a highly effective and diverse team that yielded dramatic and sustained improvement in safety, quality, sustainability and loss control. Kelli is able to build and maintain strong interpersonal relationships while also seeing the needs of the company and industry as a whole, an important leadership skill.

Within Dixie, Kelli has been an inspiration for women in financial, technical, commercial and operational roles, helping them overcome career challenges and retain a work-life balance. Kelli is also active in the development and advancement of women leaders through regional professional organizations such as the Ship Channel Group and Various Chemical Companies. She recently completed the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Manufacturing Executive Leadership Program, which has furthered her confidence and capability as a leader and mentor. 

Within months of joining Dixie, Kelli, a Pasadena native, was elected to a critical leadership position in the Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC) and represented Dixie in its local Community Advisory Panel (CAP). Kelli has organized Dixie teams for support of local STEM education, including science fairs, career fairs, and STEM field trips for disadvantaged students. She has also worked with the NAM and the Manufacturing Institute on many initiatives, including the national “Dream It, Do It” campaign. 

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