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Being a Woman in a Man’s World with Colleen Gray, President and CEO of Consensus Orthopedics

Today on the WAM podcast, we welcome Colleen Gray, president, and CEO of Consensus Orthopedics Inc. Colleen started her career in accounting, but never quite felt at home. She then gravitated to cost accounting because she felt it really gave her an inside view of manufacturing. Her career trajectory has led her on an incredible path, starting out in high tech companies in Arizona and then relocating to California, still remaining in the high tech sphere. Colleen is also the co-founder of one of the first cloud-based storage companies, called Storage Way.

A few decisions and changes later, Colleen’s journey took her to her current position at Consensus, where she has been for about 15 years. In this episode, Colleen shares more about this exact journey, the lessons she’s learned along the way, and the constant innovation that is present within her industry. So stay tuned to today’s episode to hear more from Colleen Gray, as she shares on her personal journey through the manufacturing world, more about what is happening at Consensus Orthopedics Inc., and what it’s like to be a woman CEO in a man’s world.

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Meet Our Guest, Colleen Gray

Ms. Gray has a combined 25 plus years of operations and financial management experience with emerging high growth companies in the data storage and orthopedic industries. Ms. Gray began her career with Consensus Orthopedics as President and CEO in August 2004 and is currently Chief Executive Officer. Consensus Orthopedics, headquartered in the greater Sacramento area, is a global manufacturer of large joint orthopedic devices and a leader in the patient monitoring device market with its medical interactive surface sensor TracPatch products for patient monitoring and episode of care management. Before joining Consensus Orthopedics, Ms. Gray was President and Chief Executive Officer at Solid Data Systems where she successfully negotiated and managed a sale of the company. Prior to Solid Data, Ms. Gray was a co-founder of StorageWay, Inc. one of the first cloud-based storage service providers and served as its Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer through July of 2002. Ms. Gray joined Mylex Corporation, in 1992 and served as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Mylex during its successful public offering and IBM’s acquisition of Mylex in 1999. Mylex was an early pioneer in storage management and data protection in the networked PC and server environment. During her career, Ms. Gray has been involved in pioneering new and innovative technologies in the storage and orthopedic industries. Ms. Gray received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Arizona State University

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Meet Our Host, Rosemary Coates

Rosemary Coates is the Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute. She is a seasoned executive with an MBA, 25 years’ experience in Supply Chain Management, Operations Management, Project Management and Systems Consulting. Prior to BSC, she was a Senior Director at SAP, the Supply Chain Practice Leader at KPMG Peat Marwick and at Answerthink, and a Regional Manager at Hewlett-Packard.

She has extensive knowledge and experience in manufacturing and outsourcing in China.