Julie L. Bushman Named Executive-in-Residence at UW-River Falls

Sept. 12, 2012--Julie L. Bushman, an executive vice president at 3M in St. Paul, Minn., has been named the 2012 Executive-in-Residence by the AACSB International-accredited College of Business and Economics at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Bushman will deliver the Executive-in-Residence lecture “Transformational Leadership” on Monday, Oct. 1, from 2-3 p.m. in the Riverview Ballroom, University Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Bushman will discuss successfully growing a business through transformational leadership. She will share several examples from her experience and that of others at 3M. Bushman will speak to the significant organizational change resulting from a business transformation via challenging assumptions, taking risks, busting myths, changing minds, and creating a new vision.

“We are very pleased to have Julie Bushman as our Fall 2012 Executive-in-Residence," said Glenn Potts, dean of the College of Business and Economics. "She is an outstanding role model and has valuable experience to share with our students and the community.”

Bushman is the executive vice president of 3M’s Safety, Security, and Protection Services (SS&PS) Business, an approximately $4 billion leading global provider of personal protective equipment, solutions that identify, authenticate, and locate people and assets, cleaning and protection products for commercial establishments, and infrastructure protection products. SS&PS provides these solutions to the government, construction, commercial building, manufacturing, oil and gas, transportation, and mining markets.

Prior to her current role, Bushman was vice president/general manager of the Occupational Health and Environmental Safety Division, overseeing global operations of the $2 billion-plus business, the industry leader in personal protective equipment. Earlier, she held the role of chief information officer for 3M. She was also one of the original directors comprising the leadership team that successfully deployed Six Sigma at 3M under CEO Jim McNerney’s leadership.

A native of Ellsworth, Bushman earned bachelor’s degrees in business (marketing) and communicative disorders from UW-River Falls. She is married with three children and enjoys golf, piano, horses, and skiing.

For more information, call Audrey Ternes at 715-425-3335 or email


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