Intersections in Innovation
With Jeff Lavers and Laura Dunham
Thursday, April 26, 5 p.m.
This last conversation in the 2012 series featured Jeff Lavers, vice president of sales, marketing & communication at 3M, and Laura Dunham, Ph.D., professor of entrepreneurship at the Opus College of Business, on Thursday, April 26.
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Jeff Lavers is 3M's vice president of marketing, sales and corporate communications. He oversees 3M’s worldwide branding, corporate marketing, sales, 3M.com and communications efforts.
Most recently, Lavers has championed and led the reinvigoration of the 3M brand, resulting in an enthusiastic outpouring of employee pride and ideas. Through these efforts, 3M has been recognized externally among Interbrand’s top 100 brands and took the #2 position for Best Global Green Brands for 2011. Lavers' tenure of more than 20 years at 3M has included 15 years working in 3M’s oral care businesses and various positions in sales, marketing, general and international management. Notably, Lavers served as the global director of marketing for 3M ESPE Dental Products during the acquisition of Germany’s ESPE Dental AG and has held two vice president and general manager positions within 3M’s industrial and transportation business.
Lavers earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and international management from the Robert O. Anderson School of Business at the University of New Mexico in 1985.
Laura Dunham, an associate professor at the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, joined the faculty of the Opus College of Business in 2003 after earning her Ph.D. and MBA from the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business. At St. Thomas, she teaches entrepreneurship and corporate innovation courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as to executives. Her research focuses on the managerial and ethical challenges involved in innovation and new business start-up and development. Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Dunham worked as a management consultant in the strategy division of Renaissance Worldwide, helping clients such as Oracle, IBM, Lucent, and GTE, to identify, evaluate and develop new growth initiatives.