Elinor Steele is Vice President, Global Communications and Women’s Initiatives at Tupperware Brands Corporation. Tupperware Brands Corporation is the leading global marketer of innovative, premium products across multiple brands utilizing a relationship-based selling method through an independent sales force of 2.9 million. Product brands and categories include the iconic Tupperware brand, as well as six beauty and personal care product companies.
Elinor started at Tupperware Brands over 20 years ago. Determination and strong business skills led to rapid promotions through Global Procurement, Worldwide Human Resources and ultimately to the Office of the Chairman as Director. Simultaneously, she earned her MBA at Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. In 2005, Steele was named Director of Public Relations, in 2008 was promoted to Vice President, Global Communications & Women’s Initiatives and in 2013 was appointed an officer of the corporation.
As the champion leading Chain of Confidence –– Tupperware Brands’ global mission to empower women through confidence, enable their financial independence and change their lives through opportunity, support and relationships, Elinor works relentlessly to inspire women through educational and entrepreneurial initiatives. In 2011, Elinor joined the Chairman & CEO of Tupperware Brands on a taskforce with the Department of Defense in Baghdad to assist Iraqi businesswomen in creating sustainable business opportunities. With this goal in mind, Tupperware Brands developed a program and partnered with Rollins College and The U.S. Department of State to sponsor an Iraqi female business professor as the inaugural Global Links scholar. In 2012, Global Links, the one-year “train-the-trainer” model program which combines an intense business entrepreneurship focus conducted at Crummer Graduate School of Business, an executive business education and hands on externship at Tupperware Brands Corporation and sustained mentoring for the chosen Iraqi female professor, was successfully launched. The program is now in its second round, launching in India and will continue to scale in that country through 2016 and other markets in the future.
Steele was honored at the 2016 i4 Business Magazine’s Women’s Inspired Leadership Awards with the Spirit of Mentorship. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum on Capitol Hill, and she is also a member of the Leadership Council on Advancing Women for The Conference Board.