Society of Women Engineers WE19 Conference honors women making a difference through engineering at Medtronic


Medtronic women awarded at major engineering conference

Medtronic women awarded at major engineering conference

 January 16, 2020

Women working with Medtronic attended the WE19 Conference, an annual event from the Society of Women Engineers that brings together more than 14,000 people for professional development, education, and networking. It is the world’s largest conference and career fair for women in technical and engineering roles.

The prestigious event honors women working in the engineering field, and a number of Medtronic employees were recognized with awards.

Anne Maher: Distinguished New Engineer Award

Anne Maher (pictured above) was a recipient of the Distinguished New Engineer Award that honors women who have demonstrated outstanding technical performance and leadership in the first 10 years of their career.

As Engineering Manager - Human Factors & User Experience with Medtronic, Anne has made an impact on the company’s line of cardiac monitoring systems. 

“I’m still in shock. It’s so heartwarming to receive [the award]," she says. “I feel challenged and supported at Medtronic. I want to make sure we’re pushing ourselves, trying new things, and creating a culture where we’re encouraged to continue innovating.”

Carol Malnati: Suzanne Jenniches Upward Mobility Award

Medtronic Carola Malnati

Carol Malnati, Vice President of Research and Development within Medtronic's Cardiac Rhythm and Heart Failure division, served as the conference’s keynote speaker. She was also recognized with the Suzanne Jenniches Upward Mobility Award, given to a leader who demonstrates personal achievement in the field, while also empowering the next generation. 

“The best innovations happen when the idea is transplanted from the original mind and put into other minds where it can be transformed and grown into something even better,” she told conference attendees. “And great ideas need great leaders willing to be champions for new possibilities.”

Suzy Orr: the Prism Award

Suzy Orr, a Research and Development Leader at Medtronic, won the Prism Award, which recognizes women who have charted their own path in technology fields.

The trio of awards highlight the inclusive culture that exists at Medtronic. In addition to an employee-led resource group, the Medtronic Women’s Network, the company has a strong SWE chapter with thousands of members focused on outreach to young women engineers. The goal is to recruit and retain top female talent in all areas of leadership.

Medtronic wants to create a working environment that provides female role models in areas where sometimes women are hard to find. In the spirit of this ethos, more than 200 Medtronic employees attended WE19.

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