But Black’s career trajectory soon shifted. “As I worked through the launch of a new product…I realized the complexity of bringing scientific innovations to market,” says Black. “I felt I could have a larger impact in propelling innovation forward to improve the lives of patients by broadening my business perspective.” So Black enrolled in Harvard Business School as a Robert S. Kaplan Life Sciences Fellow, after which she held a variety of marketing and management positions at large medical technology companies including Coviden and Philips.
Today, Black is the Director of Venture Capital at Medtronic. “My current job entails evaluating new medical technology and healthcare solution startups for investment by Medtronic and also managing the company’s current portfolio of investments,” Black explains of the position. “My favorite part of the job is being able to see and evaluate so many early stage technologies and solutions and helping to move them forward to transform patient care.”
Outside of Medtronic, Black is on the board of Community Action Partners (CAP), an organization that provides pro-bono consulting services to nonprofits in the Boston-metro area. Whereas Black’s work at Medtronic is focused on improving patient care and outcomes in the hospital, her nonprofit work supports patients in their day-to-day lives. “My work with CAP has focused on enhancing the services, opportunities, and rights of children and adults with chronic medical conditions and disabilities in schools and communities surrounding Boston” says Black. “Though this very rewarding work, I have the opportunity to help these organizations grow and continue to provide much needed services and supports to individuals in our community.”
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