Innovation and Inspiration Speaker Series

Apr 7, 2022

04:30 PM - 06:30 PM

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Driven by a goal-oriented timeline and a business-is-business approach, Patricia Miller set aside an emotional attachment when she purchased her grandfather’s declining plastics factory in economically depressed Woodstock, Illinois.

Miller left a successful career in the biotech space to return to her manufacturing roots. She ran the company, M4 (formerly MATRIX4) like a startup, using everything she learned from her Fortune 500 career in marketing, her passion for entrepreneurship, and her creative eye for design to turn it into a new kind of factory. The culture standard at M4 is “make meaningfully,” a phrase she trademarked.

Sustainability and social purpose are priorities for M4, an independently female-owned and led organization. M4 has introduced more bio alternative materials and created Object Object, a platform that creates dialogue of plastic and alternatives to plastic.

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