Retiring CEO of Welch Allyn Speaks at Visiting Executive Series Seminar
On November 12, Julie Shimer ’74 presented “Managing Your Career” at the Jerome S. Reinert ’56 Visiting Executive Series seminar held at the Heffner Alumni House.
Shimer is the retiring CEO of Welch Allyn, a 95-year-old medical devices company in Skaneateles Falls, N.Y., and the first woman to hold that post in the company’s history. Under her leadership, the business expanded, acquired new assets, created additional new products, and became a leader in innovation and customer support.
Shimer encourages both women and men to consider pursuing a field and career in engineering. She has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Rensselaer and a master’s degree and doctoral degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh University. Her career took her from research and development to applying new technology in business, and included achieving many senior leadership positions.
During her presentation, Shimer explained that innovation can be driven by identifying problems that may provide business opportunities to help customers. She also commented on four common myths that may limit a person’s career, and provided insight into navigating these to achieve career goals.
This lecture series is underwritten by donations from Rensselaer alumnus Jerome “Jerry” Reinert ’56, who received a bachelor’s degree in management from Rensselaer in 1956 and later earned an MBA from New York University in 1958. He is president of the Class of 1956. In addition to the Jerome S. Reinert ’56 Visiting Executive Series, he has also helped to fund the Reinert-Radar Fellowship in Financial Technology, which supports two Rensselaer MBA students and a Patroon Scholar through the Rensselaer Annual Fund.