• What It’s Like to Go from the Strategy & Marketing Development Program to a 3M Business

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    • Chrissy Bell, Global Business Manager and former SMD program participant​

      At 3M, we're all learning, discovering, exploring and innovating together. Here’s a deeper look at what it’s like to go from SMD to a 3M business from someone who has experienced it firsthand.

      Name: Chrissy Bell 

      Title: Global Business Manager

      Number of years and previous positions at 3M: Six years and five positions held: Global Business Manager - Inhalation Drug Delivery, Connected Health and Devices; Global Connected Health Initiative Leader; Digital Platform Manager; Strategic Planning Manager; Strategic Business Development Manager

      Education: Bachelor of Arts in international political economy from Colorado College; MBA from University of Michigan Ross School of Business

      Office Location: Maplewood, MN

    • Why were you initially interested in 3M and the SMD program specifically?

      3M’s vision, commitment to its core values and unwavering ethics let me know the company would be a good fit. 3M’s breadth and depth of offerings was also appealing as it provides a lot of opportunity for learning and growth. SMD specifically was a place to further hone my leadership development, while getting to work on meaty strategy, marketing and business development projects. 

    • What made you want to stay with 3M after the program?

      I stay with 3M because I’m continually challenged and growing. 

    • What types of projects did you work on during the program? What does your role entail today?

      Part of my responsibility in SMD was analyzing the external landscape and pressure testing our strategic plan to provide input to the executive committee on the achievability of the corporate plan. I also got to work on several division projects, including creating and implementing big data modeling to better understand the efficiencies of advertising, analyzing an emerging  technology to determine where to play, assessing a new business model to better compete, among others. 

      Currently, I serve as the global business manager for inhalation and connected health for the Drug Delivery Systems Division. I manage our current portfolio, as well as have responsibility for the long-term strategy, new products and product commercialization globally. 

    • How did this program prepare you for a full-time career with 3M?

      I was able to learn the tools that full-time employees use, as well as bring new tools into the organization that I learned in business school and from previous experiences. By being in the program, you have people that want to hear your perspective and value your opinion.

    • What advice do you have for those interested in a career in this area at 3M?

      Think about the unique skills you’d like to develop and experiences that you want, and if 3M can help you in achieving them.

    • What has been the most memorable part of your career at 3M?

      One of the most memorable parts of my career was when the president of Drug Delivery Systems took a chance on me by offering me the opportunity to create their connected drug delivery strategy and lead the new accelerator to develop a new platform. I learned so much about the space, my own leadership and what it means to meaningfully contribute to an organization.

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