National Association of Professional Women Inducts Katherine McGrady, Ph.D., President/CEO CNA Corporation, Into its VIP Professional Woman of the Year Circle

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Dr. Katherine McGrady is selected for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession

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I’m pleased to welcome Katherine into this exceptional group of professional women. Her knowledge and experience in her industry are valuable assets to her company and community.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honors Katherine McGrady, Ph.D., as a 2017-2018 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in business. NAPW is the nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting more than 850,000 members, a thriving eChapter and over 200 operating Local Chapters.

“I’m pleased to welcome Katherine into this exceptional group of professional women,” said NAPW President Star Jones. “Her knowledge and experience in her industry are valuable assets to her company and community.”

Katherine McGrady, Ph.D., joined CNA Corporation nearly 30 years ago. The nonprofit research and analysis organization located in Arlington, VA, operates the Institute for Public Research and the Center for Naval Analyses. During her long and successful tenure at CNA, she has held a number of key leadership roles, including Director of the Marine Corps Program, and VP and Director of Research and Chief Operating Officer. Dr. McGrady has extensive experience conducting field research and analysis during Desert Shield and Storm and in Somalia as part of Operation Restore Hope.

In 2015, Dr. McGrady was named President and CEO of CNA. Today, it is celebrating its 75th anniversary and Dr. McGrady is committed to ensuring the company focuses on “its uncommon approach to gathering data first-hand in order to better understand both clear and underlying issues to a problem.” Using the skills she has honed in leadership, change management, team development, and communications and facilitating, Dr. McGrady looks forward to continuing to lead CNA into the future while always celebrating its storied past.

Dr. McGrady has a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Macromolecular Science from the University of Michigan and an A.B. in Chemistry from Smith College. She is active in a number of professional organizations, including Leadership Arlington, whose mission is to “enlighten, inspire and connect leaders through community building and leadership development.” Dr. McGrady also has a strong interest in introducing young people to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), encouraging and guiding them to explore education and, ultimately, careers in these fields.

Awards & Accomplishments:
Ph.D., University of Michigan, Macromolecular Science and Engineering; M.S., University of Michigan, Macromolecular Science and Engineering; A.B., Smith College, Chemistry; recipient of Department of Navy’s Superior Public Service Award, Desert Shield/Desert Storm Civilian Southwest Asia Service Medal, International Women’s Forum Leadership Fellows Program; member of Leadership Arlington, Vistage (DC), WIFA

About NAPW
NAPW’s mission is to provide an exclusive, highly advanced networking forum to successful women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, unique tools and progressive benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.

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