Amanda Wilson
Director of Extracorporeal Therapies Quality
Medtronic
Mounds View, MN

"I’m passionate about manufacturing because I have the privilege of supporting the creation of high quality products that improve lives around the world every minute! Working in manufacturing is valuable because it allows people the chance to hone their problem solving skills while making processes more reliable, repeatable, and efficient.”

Amanda continuously demonstrates her vision and ability to make tough decisions in a field that is both rigorous and fast paced. Among her notable accomplishments, Amanda led and managed a cross functional team to increase production seven-fold on a product that was business critical for a major product launch for the company. The manufacturing readiness of the line was stellar and not only did the ramp-up and ultimate full volume line deliver product on time and on plan, but the accompanying results of the project were outstanding, providing a 35 percent improvement in scrap and an annual savings of $6.93 million. 
 
Amanda is always willing to take time to help coworkers and colleagues alike in all aspects of professional development. As a manager, she dedicates time for quarterly goal-setting and review, and ensures a strategy is in place for each of her employees on reaching their short and long term goals.  She is a sponsor to many, advocating the talents of employees to open doors and provide opportunities to those seeking challenges, advancement or change.
 
 She also partakes in open forums, panels and group discussions to mentor those in topics ranging from life balance to professional development in employee resource groups as the local Society of Women Engineers and the Medtronic Women’s Council. 
 
Amanda has led initiatives both within and outside the manufacturing facility to make a community impact.  She recently led an effort which allowed the entire manufacturing site to partake in packing laundry detergent for local families in need. The event contributed more than 600 hours of volunteer service and more than 19,000 bags of laundry detergent (equating to 38,000 loads of laundry) that would benefit the community immediately. 

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