North Carolina native Pat Nathan founded the local Dress for Success Triangle NC affiliate April 2008. Dress for Success, an international nonprofit organization, promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire and a network of support. The organization helps women gain and maintain meaningful employment, ending the cycle of poverty. Pat was recently awarded the 2010 Durham County Dr. Martin Luther King “Keeper of the Dream Award” for this work.
Pat has been active in a variety of organizations addressing social and environmental equity. She founded the first European chapter of Women in Technology International (WITI) in England in 2001 and a second in Ireland in 2002.
With a successful leadership record of 24 years in the electronics industry, Pat, a former Dell executive, has expertise in the areas of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Quality and Customer Service, Procurement, Diversity, Supplier Management, Coaching, and Sustainability. Pat has also worked at Data General Inc. (EMC) and at N.C. State University. A graduate of Meredith College (B.S. chemistry), Pat also attended N.C. State University’s master’s program in statistics.
Pat serves as the chair of the board for Dress for Success Triangle. She previously served as the vice-chair of the board of Sustainable NC, on the advisory board of EnviroMedia in Austin, TX and managed the Dell Foundation as part of her Corporate Social Responsibility role before retiring from Dell.
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