Crystal King
Senior Manufacturing & Engineering Director
Dow, Inc.

“I like manufacturing because there is a real, tangible product. By definition, manufacturing is the industry that makes products from raw materials by use of other means. I love working for Dow where we ensure that the products we make are produced in a safe, environmentally responsible and efficient manner.”

As the first African American woman to join the ranks of senior leadership at Dow, Crystal has blazed a bright trail, gaining acceptance and respect through a combination of people skills and undeniable technical ability. For example, as Site Leader for Dow Operations in Seadrift, TX, Crystal guided her team through a transformation that included intense preparation, stakeholder engagement, diagnosis, implementation and sustainability. When the transformation was complete, the company documented more than $15M in value creation. Company leaders agreed that without Crystal’s vision, commitment and support during this intense effort, progress would have been much more difficult and the results much more modest.

Because she understands what it’s like to face assumptions that may limit career advancement, Crystal supports programs that advocate for diversity within the next generation of leaders. As a strong supporter of Dow’s Women’s Innovation Network, she has helped advance the careers of women in STEM. Outside Dow, Crystal has been active in both the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).

Crystal was a leader in the 1999 launch of Dow’s African-American Network. One of AAN’s first initiatives was the Dow Promise, which began as a vision of Dow employees to positively impact African American communities near Dow locations, where economic and educational challenges may be barriers to success. Dow Promise has evolved into a lasting relationship that supports Dow's commitment to sustainable development and social responsibility, and Crystal continues to be a voice for the program’s preservation and growth. 

Crystal is always generous with her time and talents in support of community organizations. She has served on the President’s Regional Advisory Board for the University of Houston-Victoria, the Partners in Education Board for Calhoun County and the DeTar Healthcare System Board of Directors. 

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