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Charging Up: A chat with Kim Ann Mink, board member at Group14…

Charging Up: A chat with Kim Ann Mink, board member at Group14…


Canary Media’s Charging Up column chronicles gender range within the climatetech sector. Part 1 is a brief Q&A with an business function mannequin about their profession path. Part 2 options updates on profession transitions. Please ship suggestions and tricks to wesoff@​canarymedia.​com.

Kim Ann Mink: A seasoned scientist turns to climatetech

Kim Ann Mink is a board member at Group14 Technologies. This interview has been edited and condensed for brevity.

How did you find yourself on this profession path?

My profession spans almost 37 years. It started with a second-grade teacher who ignited my ardour for scientific discovery. She taught me that chemistry was throughout us, and from that time on, I was decided to change into a chemist. As a first-generation faculty scholar, I earned a bachelor’s diploma and a doctorate in chemistry, specializing in electrochemistry.

I entered the business as a analysis scientist at a U.S. subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, then moved to the Rohm and Haas firm, which actually opened my eyes to the infinite prospects that being a scientist supplied. After finishing a two-year government enterprise administration program, I transitioned from the lab to a business function within the chemical business. I gained intensive expertise throughout 13 world companies in multinational firms, together with government management roles such because the president of a multibillion-dollar enterprise group at Dow and CEO of Innophos Holdings.

In current years, I’ve served as an impartial director on the boards of three main public firms within the chemical substances sector. Just final month, I entered the climatetech area, becoming a member of the board of Group14 Technologies, a main producer of superior silicon battery know-how. I’m excited to make use of my expertise within the chemical and manufacturing industries to assist Group14 Technologies develop, scale its world manufacturing and advance its imaginative and prescient in electrification and vitality transition.

What’s the very best piece of recommendation you’ve ever obtained?

In enterprise, as in life, change and problem are fixed. So it’s vital to maneuver out of your consolation zone and embrace new alternatives once they current themselves and perceive that challenges, although tough at occasions, present alternatives for continued studying and development. Over the final three many years, being open to alter and embracing challenges actually allowed me to realize my profession objectives.

What is a barrier you confronted, and the way did you overcome it? 

As a lady who has held many government roles within the predominantly male-dominated chemical business, I usually discovered myself as the one feminine on the desk. Over time, I noticed that ladies ceaselessly weren’t given the identical alternatives for development into management roles.

What I’ve realized is that getting previous this begins with the inner work of constructing a sturdy sense of self, to be genuine and to embrace my distinctive expertise, perspective and voice. Understanding my worth, understanding my price and having the ability to clearly display what set me aside had been all crucial for my success. As a mentor to many younger girls in STEM fields, I persistently emphasize this message.

What do you suppose are some fascinating, neglected profession alternatives in climatetech? 

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