Senior Scientist, Cardiac Rhythm
Mounds View, Minnesota, USA
Chair, Triangle Alliance
Employee Resource Group
I was originally a contract chemist at Medtronic. But as I got to know the people and culture, I applied to become an employee. There's such a feeling of family here. When you walk across the campus, you can't help but say hello to a dozen people. I got to know the culture by joining the Triangle Alliance, an Employee Resource Group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) employees.
I knew this was the place for me when I saw how supportive senior leadership was of our group's efforts. Two examples stand out. One, we were working to change IRS tax policy on health benefits so it wouldn't penalize employees who extend coverage to a domestic partner. Senior leaders immediately signed Medtronic on as one of the first companies in Minnesota to join the Business Coalition for Benefits Tax Equity, a lobbying group working to change the policy. The other example was when we pointed out a hole in Medtronic's non-discrimination policy. CEO Bill Hawkins personally updated the policy to include gender identity and expression.
I can't imagine a better place for my career than at Medtronic. I work with the brightest people, I can devote 10% of my time to innovation projects of my choosing, I can be myself and champion causes that are important to me, and I know I'm making a difference in people's lives.
Joined Medtronic: 1999
Grew up in: Storm Lake, Iowa
Gustavus Adolphus College, bachelor's in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, and Psychology
Currently attending University of Minnesota for master's in Biological Science, using Medtronic tuition reimbursement program
Source of pride:
The Triangle Alliance received an Honorable Mention in Medtronic's 2007 CEO Inclusion Awards as a Best in Class Employee Resource Group. I'm proud of the work we do educating employees and training Medtronic Human Resources staff so they can be more effective in recruiting and retaining GLBT employees.
How I give back:
Besides my work advocating on behalf of GLBT employees, I also participate in the Medtronic Technical Forum, a volunteer organization by and for Medtronic researchers and scientists. And I tutor local middle school students.
What I do for fun:
Maybe I shouldn't confess this, but I collect and repair coin-operated vending machines, like pinball machines and jukeboxes, and collect musical instruments. They're all over my house. I also play flute and piccolo in a community band.