Q. What is your favorite experience as an Alumni Association volunteer?
A. It's hard to point to one experience that's a favorite. Every time I'm with fellow alumni, I'm energized by their enthusiasm for the school in which they attended. Homecoming is probably my favorite experience on campus - the alumni meet and talk about how to expand our reach, how to stay connected and how to support the U. It's a great way to kick off a year of activities. Everyone I’ve met has been welcoming and inclusive and they make volunteering fun!
Q. Why do you volunteer?
A. I volunteer because I want to make a difference in the lives of students who are getting ready to enter the workplace. The experience students have at the U form their future and their success can be influenced by a network of people who can help them. The Alumni Association has plans to give students a step up during their experience at the U and as they start their careers. I want to be part of that.
Q. Why would you encourage others to volunteer?
A. As alumni we should all want the University to grow and succeed. By volunteering we can help shape the future of the University, we can expand our connections across the globe and create one of the largest alumni networks in the Big 10. We all bring different talents to the table and the diversity of our experience can help the next generation of graduates succeed. Let's leave the University a better place than when we attended!
Q. Share some alumni words of wisdom.
A. While I was going to school, I'm not sure I understood the prestige or significance of graduating from the University of Minnesota. The U has long record of top rated programs and naturally opens doors for their alumni; the U wants to make students successful. Students should take advantage of that and use the resources available. Get involved in campus activities, build a network of contacts and it will make a difference in their career and life.
More about Ann
Ann Sheldon is the Vice President of Global Supplier Quality at Medtronic. In this role, Ann is responsible for enterprise supplier quality. She leads a team that drives supplier performance requirements and partnerships so that Medtronic can fulfill its mission of serving patients. She is the executive sponsor for the Medtronic FOCUS Employee Resource Group and is an active member of the Medtronic Women’s Network where she has facilitated three different Lean In Circle groups.
Ann joined Medtronic in 1995 and has worked in four different divisions across varying functional areas including Quality, Product Development, Research and Development, Patient Registration and Customer Care. Prior to joining Medtronic she worked for Rosemount Engineering and NordicTrack.
Ann received her Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering and has completed the Minnesota Executive Program at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. She serves on the University of Minnesota Alumni Association Board of Directors.