Cindy Kent (MBA'99)is a healthcare executive, corporate director, and philanthropist widely recognized for her transformational leadership. She is known as a visionary who serves as a role model across industries and among many communities. Kent has held leadership roles with 3M, Eli Lilly, and Medtronic and most recently served as President and General Manager for 3M’s Infection Prevention Division. In October 2018, Kent was named to the Best Buy Co.’s Board of Directors.In a wide-ranging and inspiring discussion, Cindy talks about her sabbatical, the areas of healthcare innovation that excite her, her drive to make a greater dent in the universe, and much more.
Dan Wooding interviews the multi-talented Cindy Kent, who's been a well-known folk singer with The Settlers, then a pioneer UK Christian broadcaster honored by the Queen, and later, a clergywoman. In semi retirement, Cindy is still hard at work as Dan discovered when he met up with her recently at the Christian Resources Exhibition in Manchester, England.Note: Please help Assist News Service to be a voice for Christians around the world. Donate to ANS today
Our guest on this episode of "Create Opportunity Podcast" is Cindy Kent, former 3M president and General Manager of the 3M Infection Prevention Division, a $1.6 B+ business committee to keeping patients safe from healthcare-associated infections and complications. She joined 3M in October 2013 as the Vice President of Strategy, Business Development, and US Key Accounts before being appointed as the President and General Manager for 3M Drug Delivery Systems Division in 2014 which she held until September 2016. During her tenure in DDSD, Cindy revitalized the product pipeline by launching the division’s first generic respiratory product in Western Europe as well as accelerated innovation with the integration of digital and analytic capabilities into products, while simultaneously driving revenue growth and expanding margins through operating efficiencies and significant COGS reductions. One product, the 3M Intelligent Control Inhaler, won the 2016 CPhI Pharma Award for Excellence Drug Delivery Devices.Cindy is a highly accomplished corporate leader. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, The Links Incorporated, the Executive Leadership Council as well as a member of The Committee of 200 (C200), an invitation-only membership organization of the world's most successful women business leaders. Cindy holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University, as well as an MBA in Marketing and a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University. She is a Six Sigma Green Belt trained.We met in 3M’s global headquarters to record her advice as a faith and passion filled leader, living her purpose inside and outside of corporate America. Topics covered in this episode:*How to advocate for a purpose-filled education and career.*How to lead with empathy, compassion, and spiritual guidance.*The importance of family and self-care to build confidence.*Cindy's daily intention and advice for making self-care your first ministry.