Eileen McDonnell is the first woman president of Penn Mutual, but this isn’t the first time that she’s been the first at something.

In 2003, McDonnell became the first woman president of Boston-based New England Financial, a wholly owned subsidiary of MetLife [MET]. Nonetheless, she doesn't take credit for her success. When talking about both experiences, McDonnell consistently attributes her positions to supportive mentors and corporate cultures.

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