2013 Early career award: Kristin Peng

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peng-kristin-myers-100pxW-2Kristin Myers Peng
Chief of Staff
Office of the Chairman and CEO
Aetna
BSBME
Hartford, Connecticut

In just a decade, Kristin Myers’ career has taken the Wisconsin native from a UW-Madison degree in biomedical engineering to a Harvard MBA, and from medical-device development to leadership and investment roles in the healthcare industry.

Myers prides herself on her willingness to take big leaps. The biggest yest was moving from Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Hartford, Connecticut, to accept her current job as chief of staff for the CEO of health insurance provider Aetna.

“There was a lot I could not anticipate about the role, but it has been the greatest challenge yet,” she says.

As an undergraduate, Myers felt she and her classmates became equipped to make a difference in technology, healthcare and the lives of others. “We had a small program and it really allowed us to spend a lot of time together and really get to know each other and our professors,” she says.

For five years after graduating, she worked for Medtronic in Minneapolis and New York, taking on increasing responsibility as she led development and sales efforts for the company’s implantable medical devices. In 2008, she began working on medical devices from the investment side as a partner at Skyline Ventures in Palo Alto, California. Armed with the Harvard MBA she earned in 2009, she continued her focus on investment in devices and diagnostics in 2012, as a principal at Arboretum Ventures in Ann Arbor.

Last year, Crain’s Detroit Business named Myers one of the Detroit area’s top young professionals in its “40 Under 40” series. Crain’s profile noted that moving from Palo Alto to Ann Arbor was hardly a conventional choice, but gave Myers the opportunity to help manage a new venture-capital fund.

In the fall of 2012, the UW-Madison Department of Biomedical Engineering named Myers a distinguished entrepreneur and invited her back to campus to give a lecture entitled, “Rethinking what innovation means in healthcare and medicine.”

Myers is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, the Harvard Business School Alumni Association, and the BME Alumni Association. She has served on the boards of many companies, including Medivance. In her free time, Myers enjoys spending time with her husband, Dave, and her dog, Aiden, practicing yoga, and cycling, swimming and exploring new cities. Her family includes her mother, Pam Myers; her sisters Melissa and Lindsay; Her brother Jerod; and her husband’s parents, Albert and Hong.