Maureen Tholen

4th Industrial Revolution Keynote Luncheon: Workforce Development -
12:00 pm 10/18/2019
Copper Ballroom, Tucson Convention Center

As the 4th Industrial Revolution impacts the workplace, it also impacts every one of us. Not only do employers need to focus on keeping up with advances in technology in their operations, they must also ensue their workforce is keeping pace with the rapid rate of change. As we continue to delve into the impacts of 4IR, this panel will look at how companies are dealing with the need for employees to continually update their skills, and what employees need to do to stay relevant. Join Roger Tadajewski, Executive Director of the National Coalition of Certification Centers, Jason Scales, Ph.D., Business Manager for Lincoln Electric’s Education products and services, Maureen Tholen, Sustainability Director for 3M’s Industrial Business, and Safety and Graphics Business Groups, and chairperson of the SkillsUSA Foundation Inc, and Dr. Elizabeth “Betsy” Cantwell, Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation for the University of Arizona for a candid discussion on the future of work, moderated by Pima Community College’s Vice President of Workforce Development, Dr. Ian Roark.

Maureen’s role focuses on using the platform of sustainability to create business growth for 3M and for our customers, and for the betterment of our communities in which we work and live. It is an exciting area that involves collaboration with product development teams, leadership teams, and many other internal and external stakeholders.
Her 3M career began 34 years ago in the laboratory as a technical service engineer. Those early experiences to help customers use 3M products, created a passion to always be connected to the customer in future roles. 3M’s diversity of businesses and technologies provided the opportunity for her to hold roles in product marketing, business development, sales management, six sigma, strategic planning, commercialization leadership and general management over her career.
Maureen holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from University of Notre Dame, and an MBA from University of Minnesota. She is leading the “Science for Climate” sustainability pillar for 3M at the enterprise level. She serves in a number of advisory roles within 3M, including the WLF (Women’s Leadership Forum, organizing Lean In Circles), and 3M Impact (a program for 3M employees to directly improve lives in underserved communities). She is the Inclusion Champion for Safety & Industrial Business Group, and is on the CEO Inclusion Council, leading efforts for inclusion of all employees. Maureen is a member of The Raptor Center Advisory Board at the University of Minnesota, and she is the Chair of the SkillsUSA Foundation Board – bridging the applied principles of STEM to enhance career & technical education. She is also a member of the Minnesota Sustainability Growth Coalition, and President of the University of Illinois Mom’s Association.