Pam earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1993. She went on to earn a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1993 and an Executive MBA from Bowling Green State University in 2002.
After graduating from Michigan Tech, Pam hired into Whirlpool Corporation’s Technical Excellence Program. During her 19 years with Whirlpool, she has held advancing roles in engineering, product development, global innovation and sales and marketing. During this time Pam was the first female technology director in Whirlpool’s history and also achieved certification as an OPEX Six Sigma Blackbelt. Pam’s current role is General Manager of Cooking Products for North America. In this role she is responsible for the P&L of the business as well as a multi-year business plan and product strategy.
Pam was recognized as one of the “Top 40 under 40” Business Leaders in Michigan in 2005 and in early 2012 she was profiled in the Wall Street Journal article “From Rising Star to Senior Manager”.
She is passionate about helping younger talent in the organization grow and develop. In addition to serving as a mentor for a number of individuals at Whirlpool, Pam is also co-lead of the Whirlpool Women’s Network. Earlier this year this group hosted the first ever “Women’s Summit” for top talent females at Whirlpool. The summit was titled “Power Your Path Forward” and provided tools and guidance for emerging female leaders to use to take charge of their careers and to give them the confidence to pursue roles at the highest levels of the organization.
While at Michigan Tech, Pam was a member of Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority and Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society. She was also a math tutor in the Math Lab. Pam has returned to campus a number of times as a guest speaker at the Women in Engineering summer program and has also been the Whirlpool lead for a number of Michigan Tech recruiting activities.
She has been a long-time advocate and supporter of Michigan Tech – serving as the Whirlpool Corporate Agent in the University’s Matching Gift Competition for 10 years. She has also been an annual contributor providing financial support for numerous programs. She recently joined with two fellow alumnae to establish a scholarship fund to assist a student who is a member of the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority. Pam is currently a member of the Michigan Tech Presidents Club.
Pam has served on the Board of Directors for the United Federal Credit Union for 7 years. She also serves on the Renaissance Fund Board for Harbor Shores, an organization dedicated to revitalizing the Benton Habor area. Pam also enjoys marathon running and has completed 23, including 2 Boston Marathons.
Pam currently lives in St. Joseph, Michigan, with her husband Steve and her step-children Parker (age 16) and Cara (age 13).
In recognition of Pamela Kyln's significant achievements, she was inducted into the Presidential Council of Alumnae (PCA) in 2012.
Excerpted from the 2012 PCA Induction Ceremony Program