Case Study: Medtronic

Developing Women with Menttium 100®

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Medtronic is the world leader in medical technology providing lifelong solutions for people with chronic disease. They offer products, therapies, and services that enhance or extend the lives of millions of people. Each year, five million patients benefit from Medtronic’s technology, used to treat conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, neurological disorders, and vascular illnesses. Medtronic does business in more than 120 countries and employs over 34,000 people worldwide. Medtronic World Headquarters is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Regional Headquarters include Switzerland, and Japan.

Business Case

Talent management is a priority at Medtronic. To support leadership development and strengthen the talent pipeline, Medtronic implemented a comprehensive leadership curriculum to support development at all levels. The Menttium 100 Program was integrated into the curriculum designed for mid and senior level leaders.

Objectives for participation in the Menttium 100 Program included:

  • Accelerate development of mid and senior level women and prepare them for key leadership roles
  • Develop leaders’ mentoring capabilities
  • Foster expanded perspectives
  • Provide access to experience, wisdom and expertise of mentors

Mentoring Strategy

Medtronic selected over 25 mid and senior level women who were identified as pipeline talent to participate as mentees in the Menttium 100 cross-company mentoring experience. The selection of participants was distributed across business divisions and mentees participated in Minneapolis from the headquarters as well as globally. In addition, several Medtronic senior executives served as Menttium 100 mentors.


Mentee Program Outcomes:

Program Met Expectations0%
The Mentoring Experience Supported their
Personal and Professional Development
Applied New or Enhanced Skills
within 4-6 Months of Starting the Program
Would Recommend the Menttium 100
Program to their Colleagues

Competency Development

Improvement in Meeting Challenges
in their Current work Environment
Improvement in their Ability
to Take on Leadership Roles
Improvement in their Ability
to Lead and Manage Others
Improvement in their Ability
to Think Strategically
Improvement in their Ability to
Effectively Communicate Ideas

In addition, as a result of participating in the program, mentees indicated that they are more confident, are actively seeking internal opportunities to expand the breadth of their experiences and responsibilities, have enhanced their executive presence and business acumen, and have improved their effectiveness in managing direct reports, handling conflict, and influencing senior managers.