Candid Executive Conversations

Business at the Pace of Change

3M WorkBoard

Join Steve Shafer, President, 3M Automotive & Aerospace and WorkBoard CEO Deidre Paknad as they discuss the pressing leadership topics of our time:

  • Adapting to the pace of change and accelerating the rhythm of business
  • Finding the balance between strategic agility and long-range planning
  • Energizing teams to embrace change as the constant and engaging people in value creation

The business climate is increasingly dynamic and change comes rapidly from every direction – the pace of change sets the pace of the business, whether we like it or not.

In this conversation, Steve shares his wisdom and observations of generational change in the automotive industry, supply chain disruptions, pandemic work dynamics and more.

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Steve Shafer
President, 3M Automotive & Aerospace


Steve Shafer is a growth leader with strategic, transformational and operational leadership experience across multiple industries around the globe. A passionate people leader and culture builder, his experience aligns with leading through the fast pace of change, disruption and digitalization across markets. He held senior executive positions and McKinsey and Ford Motor Company before joining 3M, where he is the president of the Automotive & Aerospace division.

Deidre Paknad
CEO and Cofounder


Deidre Paknad has founded and led three tech startups, acquired companies and been acquired, and led a high-growth business as an executive at IBM for several years; this affords her a unique perspective on using both speed and scale to drive growth. In her role as CEO at WorkBoard, she works with senior leadership teams at some of the world’s largest companies to clarify, align, and drive strategic priorities with greater speed and agility. She has 17 patents and has twice been inducted into the Smithsonian for innovation.