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In the Nation's Interest

Spotlight On: Patricia A. Woertz, 2014 Peter G. Peterson Business Statesmanship Award

“The two qualities I’ve observed most often in strong leaders are a commitment to service and a passion for lifelong learning. The most effective people I know, the leaders who inspire me, came to leadership not by asking ‘What can I do to get ahead?’ but by asking ‘What can I do to contribute?’ ‘How can I help others succeed?’ ‘How can I serve?’ More than intelligence, more than skills and talent, it is unquenchable curiosity—the hunger for greater knowledge and deeper understanding, the eagerness for feedback and the willingness to take it in and to change because of it—that leads people to keep growing and advancing and succeeding in their passions and careers.”

CED is pleased to honor Patricia A. Woertz, Chairman and CEO of Archer Daniels Midland Company with the Peter G. Peterson Business Statesmanship Award. 

DID YOU KNOW? Woertz’s personal passion for keeping her colleagues safe has been a hallmark of her tenure at ADM. Under her leadership, ADM’s total-recordable incident rate has fallen 70 percent, and its lost-workday incident rate has declined 79 percent.

Woertz recently gave a keynote address at the Economic Club of Minnesota in which she discussed the rise of the global middle class, and the impact this demographic transformation is having on global agriculture and infrastructure.