Lisa Hoffman 
Manager, Fungicide Discovery Biology 
FMC Corporation

“As part of the R&D group at FMC Agricultural Solutions, I am passionate about discovering and developing innovative crop protection products that will help growers around the world sustainably feed a growing world population.”

As the Manager for Fungicide Discovery Biology at FMC, Lisa is responsible for the technical programs, people development, and safety and budgetary activities of the Plant Disease Control Group. In this role, Lisa is an advocate for strong, data-driven decision making. For instance, during her work with the Plant Disease Control group, Lisa realized many members had not received formal training in newer data analysis tools. She led tutorial sessions so that principal participants could either sharpen or learn these new skills. This approach is now the foundation of the company’s data quality assessments.

Lisa leads with excellence by consistently “speaking truth to power” on tough decisions and giving positive feedback, encouragement and coaching as needed. The respect Lisa has gained in her work has positioned her to be a strong mentor to women at FMC. For example, Lisa helped guide her co-worker’s transition into a management role through mentorship. In addition to providing her with extensive information about new responsibilities, Lisa met with her colleague on a monthly basis to coach and guide her through the transition, while also offering advice on work-life balance and leadership. 

Promoting STEM careers is important to Lisa. She designed and participated in Kids to Work Day at the FMC Stine Research site for several years. She has also supported STEM activities at Forwood Elementary School, where for many years she was the technical contact for Science Night activities and assembled a team of other Stine scientists to help at the event. 

Lisa is also an active member of the Healthy Foods Healthy Kids organization in Delaware, which teaches students and their parents, through hands-on work such as gardening, how to incorporate healthier foods into their diets. 

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