May 16, 2012 • By

5 questions with Kim Nelson

Working Mother magazine released its annual Best Companies for Multicultural Women list yesterday and General Mills earned a top spot, ranking in the Top Ten and marking our ninth consecutive year on the list.

For our latest “5 questions” video interview, I asked Kim Nelson, senior vice president of External Relations and president of the General Mills Foundation, to provide us with her personal perspective on this accomplishment and the company’s commitment to providing an inclusive workplace for all employees.

Kim also is featured in an article in this month’s Working Mother about how executive women build successful networks.

In the article she explains that the importance of networking wasn’t immediately clear to her early on in her career. Kim has since built up a strong network of people within and outside of General Mills and in our video interview offers advice for women who are looking to do the same.

In its Best Companies for Multicultural Women profile on General Mills, Working Mother called out the importance the company places on mentoring and networking for women at all levels of the company.

The 25 Working Mother Best Companies for Multicultural Women were selected based on their answers to nearly 400 questions on representation, hiring, attrition and promotion rates, recruitment, retention and advancement programs and company culture.

The full list appears in the June/July issue of Working Mother and online at