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Ms. Virginia Counts Connolly

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Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • M.S. , industrial engineering
    Arizona State University
  • B.S. , mechanical engineering
    Arizona State University
  • master's degree , industrial engineering
    Arizona State University
  • bachelor's degree , mechanical engineering
    Arizona State University
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BOD - Connolly - The Society of Women Engineers, 1 Feb 2012 [cached]
Virginia Counts Connolly, P.E. President, FY2009
Virginia Counts Connolly, P.E. served as the FY09 SWE President.
Virginia is a Lean Sigma Master Black Belt for Medtronic, Inc., the global leader in medical technology. In her role, she works in the Office of Workplace Inclusion where she studies health care disparities and employee retention issues. A certified Black Belt and Master Black Belt, Virginia has also worked on numerous Lean Sigma projects while supporting product engineering, manufacturing, and supply chain areas at Medtronic's Microelectronics Center (MMC) to develop continuous improvement strategy and execution. Virginia also developed a site-specific Lean Sigma team for while serving as the MMC Lean Sigma Deployment Leader.
Prior to joining Medtronic, Virginia worked for an aerospace company where she gained a broad base of experience in a variety of positions in development engineering, manufacturing, and information technology.
Virginia has been involved with SWE for more than 20 years and has held various positions in the Arizona State University (ASU) and Phoenix Sections and the Sonora Region. Her service on the National SWE Board includes Region Director, three terms as the Speaker of the Council, and Director of Education. In 1997, Virginia received the Phoenix Section's Outstanding Member Service Award.
Virginia has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in industrial engineering from Arizona State University. She is an alumnus and former board member of Arizona Leadership 2000, a women's leadership group, and is also a member of the American Society for Quality.
In her spare time, Virginia enjoys traveling, especially to warm climates to scuba dive. She also bicycles to work at least once a week and practices yoga. Virginia is helping her miniature schnauzer, Derby, raise her daughter, Sophia, to be a well behaved, loving dog, which is turning out to be quite a task.
Craig Technologies > Accolades & Awards, 27 July 2010 [cached]
Her outstanding determination and business acumen can be exemplified by her numerous recognitions," said Virginia Connolly, SWE President. Read more. Collapse ...
The Society of Women Engineers - The Society of Women Engineers, 9 April 2009 [cached]
Virginia C. Connolly, P.E.
President - FY2009
09.02 The Society of Women Engineers Installs FY2009 Board of Directors - The Society of Women Engineers, 2 Sept 2008 [cached]
Chicago, IL September 2, 2008 - Virginia Connolly, P.E. was installed as the 46th President of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at a ceremony on August 1, 2008. During the ceremony, the members of the Society's Board of Directors and Board of Trustees for fiscal year 2009 were also formally inducted. Connolly, a Lean Sigma Master Black Belt for Medtronic, Inc., will serve as SWE president for one year (July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009). A SWE member for more than 20 years, Connolly has held various leadership positions within SWE including Region Director, Director of Education and, for three terms, Speaker of the Council. She was also awarded the Phoenix Section's Outstanding Member Service Award in 1997.
"Virginia Connolly has been a tireless champion for SWE's new strategic plan," said Michelle Tortolani, SWE immediate past president.
"The Society's new strategic plan has presented our new board of directors with important goals for advancing SWE and women in engineering," said Connolly. "Our focus will be on enhancing the member experience and increasing the number of potential leaders in the pipeline; the quality of professional development programs; and the number of discussions with industry, government and academic influencers"
At Medtronic, Connolly is a leader in medical technology, where she studies health care disparities and employee retention issues. Prior to working at Medtronic, Connolly had positions in development engineering, manufacturing and information technology in the aerospace industry. Connolly has a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a M.S. in industrial engineering from Arizona State University.
Matching Gifts - Individual Giving - The Society of Women Engineers, 1 Feb 2012 [cached]
Why I Give to SWE: Virginia C. Connolly, P.E.
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