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Medtronic Executive & Chair of African Descent Employee Resource Group | Nnamdi Njoku

October 21, 2020  • Health Innovators Fellowship & Nnamdi Njoku

After the murder of George Floyd in May of 2020, citizens across the country who hadn’t previously engaged with the longstanding struggle for racial justice began to ask, “What’s my role and responsibility?” It’s no surprise that, in the city where George Floyd lost his life—Minneapolis, Minnesota—this question echoed throughout the community. 

In this episode, go behind the mask with Nnamdi Njoku, VP & General Manager of Transformative Solutions at Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology, services, and solutions based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

We talk about Nnamdi’s 15-year career path at Medtronic and his role as chair of Medtronic’s African Descent Network. We began our conversation with Nnamdi shortly after George Floyd’s death in May, and we get into how he and the company have responded to support its employees after an event that hit so close to home.

About Behind the Mask

Go behind the masks leaders wear and explore the values and tensions at the heart of the decisions they make. Join Aspen Health Innovators Fellow Indu Subaiya as she speaks with U.S. health care leaders—all members of the Health Innovators Fellowship—to learn how they’re leading through these turbulent times.

Aspen Health Innovators: Behind the Mask is a collaboration between Deb Gordon, Indu Subaiya, and the Aspen Health Innovators Fellowship. Subscribe to us on your favorite podcast app and follow us @AspenInstitute to stay up to date with our work. For more information, visit

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