Hello SOTGC Community,
This is a very special interview for me since I had the pleasure of getting to know Suzanne in July 2008 with Salient Surgical Technologies. At that time, Suzanne was starting with the company as the Vice President of Legal and Compliance. She had come to us from numerous years of experience with top law firms from the east coast. Currently, Suzanne is the Global Vice President and General Manager for Medtronic’s Advanced Energy Division which lies under the Surgical Technologies umbrella. This is the fastest growing division in Medtronic Inc., and Suzanne is determined to keep it that way.
Everyone that was hired at Salient had to go through sales training and that is how Suzanne and I met. From the start she impressed me with her soft spoken manner, quick whit, desire to work with (versus against) the sales team, and her amazing accessories that she always wore. Suzanne neither wears the typical “power suit” nor does she in any way downplay her femininity. However, she always dresses in a buttoned up and professional manner, her speech is articulate and uncluttered, she listens with attention and respect to anyone one and everyone’s opinions, and always makes them feel that their feedback is a crucial part of the company’s mission and goals. Everyone knows that the typical scenario when mid size companies get acquired by giants in the industry is that the middle level and upper level management are the first to go. Instead Suzanne secured herself the coveted Global Vice President and General Manager position, and has been on the road since the start of the fiscal year.
Suzanne attended Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA where she obtained her JD. Afterwards she went to Harvard for a Masters in Public Health. She and her husband and two sons live in New Hampshire. I want to extend a HUGE thank you to her for getting these interview questions back to me…probably somewhere mid air between Florida and Japan.
What is the one trait you admire most in others?
People who are purposeful
What is the one trait you admire most in yourself?
Values and stick-to-it tenacity
Looking back at your career, what is the one thing internal to yourself that you believe held you back?
Fear of failure
Looking back at your career, what is the one thing external to yourself that you believe held you back?
Family- meaning I would not move from my extended family
Which inner most quality do you believe has helped you the most in your career?
Sense of higher purpose
Which internal quality do you believe sets women back in the workplace?
Which external quality do you believe sets women back in the workplace?
Perceptions by men that women are emotional
What is the hardest lesson for working women to learn?
To work like you don’t need the job
Favorite quote at the moment.
The opposite of courageous is not cowardice, it is conformity
Which book is on your nightstand?
There are lots, top of the pile is mockingjay and good to great
Who is your favorite heroine in fiction (or on television/movies)?
Diane lane in secretariat-not sure if this qualifies as fiction since she plays a real person
The quality you admire most in a man?
How easy it must be for them to get ready in the morning
In a woman?
A virtue you believe is underrated?
Charisma or good sense of humor
What is your idea of happiness?
Good book, a great view, delicious food and drink, surrounded by my husband and two boys
What do you value most in friends?
What, in your mind, would be the greatest of misfortunes?
I am stumped on this one
What is your greatest fear?
That one of my family members no longer enjoys good health
What is your greatest extravagance?
Condo in Mexico
What has been your most precious journey?
Driving down the Baja of California with my husband
In your career, what has been your greatest regret?
Which talent would you most like to have had in terms of your career?
Better math skills
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Helping to grow salient Surgical Technologies
What do you think is the greatest difference between our mother’s generation and our own?
Women don’t take as much pride in how they look
One piece of advice to young women in the workplace
Find your own uniqueness-be yourself
Marney Reid is a Marketing Program Manager for a global industry leader in medical device. She is also the Founder of Stilettos on the Glass Ceiling. She has nine years of sales experience in male dominated industries and is transcending the Glass Ceiling by using her authentic value proposition as a competitive advantage.