Celebrating Women’s Achievements

B-NOW celebrates the achievements of women around the world while advocating for equal opportunities and gender diversity.

 
The Bristol Myers Squibb Network of Women (B-NOW) drives business performance by ensuring that all women at Bristol Myers Squibb have equal opportunities to develop, advance and be retained globally. One of our eight People and Business Resource Groups (PBRGs), B-NOW’s mission of prioritizing gender diversity and inclusion is central to our work and culture; ensuring the contributions of women at Bristol Myers Squibb are heard, valued, rewarded and – crucially – incorporated into the work we do for patients.
 
Hear from some of the members of B-NOW below, and how they contribute to and benefit from our inclusive culture while making an impact.  
 

Chris Boerner, Chief Commercialization Officer and Executive Sponsor of B-NOW, discusses the group’s important work in fostering a culture dedicated to gender inclusion and equity in the workplace.  

“Through B-NOW, we focus on creating awareness and allyship, particularly among men, to support and advance women in the workplace.” ~Leobardo Hidalgo, General Manager Puerto Rico and the Caribbean
 

What I do

I am the General Manager for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, where I lead a team of amazingly talented colleagues that ensure that HCPs and payers have all the information they need to provide Bristol Myers Squibb medicines to the people who will benefit the most. I am also the Co-Lead of the B-NOW Engaging Gender Advocates initiative that focuses on creating awareness and allyship, particularly among men, to support and advance women in the workplace.

What makes Bristol Myers Squibb a great place to work?

The intense sense of accomplishment when we deliver to patients with urgency is unparalleled. From a commercial point of view, this means that we have been able to align a complex grid of systems and stakeholders to expeditiously provide life transforming medications to patients in need. Once you get to experience success in these efforts, you just keep striving for more.

What would you say to someone thinking about working at Bristol Myers Squibb?

Bristol Myers Squibb is an uncommon place where you can join incredibly smart people in a collective search for better answers to some of the most relevant problems that patients face. Be it by defeating serious diseases like cancer, or by improving health disparities for underrepresented groups, the mission to help patients prevail is found across our entire company.

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“This is a company that has stepped into their commitment of ensuring diversity and inclusivity. From day one I knew that here, I matter - and that I have chosen to work for a company that is living up to the values they have espoused.” ~Stephanie Dyson, Vice President of U.S. Policy & Government Affairs
 

What do you do at Bristol Myers Squibb?

I serve as the Vice President of U.S Policy & Government Affairs where I have the pleasure of leading a team of distinguished and dedicated professionals.  I serve as a strategic advisor, business leader and collaborative partner by advising the CEO, leadership,and the enterprise on the implications of U.S. legislation and policy in this evolving market. In this position, I am accountable for creating and leading strategic outcomes that are aligned with enterprise-wide business priorities and place an emphasis on patient access and innovation. 

One way I’ve become more involved with the culture is by joining B-NOW.  B-NOW provides support, networking opportunities and ways to connect with colleagues for both personal and professional development. For example, I recently served as the moderator for a B-NOW workgroup session with Cecilia Muñoz, who served for eight years on President Obama’s senior staff, as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Director of the Domestic Policy Council.  She spoke on the issue of equality and gave insights into her book “Being the First: How to Lay the Groundwork for Equality.”

What makes Bristol Myers Squibb a great place to work?

What people want most in this world is to know they are valued and that they matter.  At Bristol Myers Squibb, I have the privilege of showing up as my authentic self, which is in part because I’m a “seasoned” professional, but more importantly, because this is a company that has stepped into their commitment of ensuring diversity and inclusivity. From day one I knew that here, I matter - and that I have chosen to work for a company that is living up to the values they have espoused. 

As women, we have unique perspectives and experiences and we should celebrate and value our unique journey.  I’m proud that Bristol Myers Squibb has been intentional and purposeful by empowering every person to dream more, to achieve more and to ensure every person knows they are valued. It’s powerful to see women and women of color at every level of the organization from the Executive Leadership team to ALL levels of management.  I recently attended a meeting comprised of our top leaders and looking around the room I realized that it was a defining moment in my career - I was not alone.  There was a palpable energy and realization that the isolation often felt by being the only one (woman, minority, African American) in the room is potentially in our rear-view mirror.  We still have a long way to go in corporate America, but Bristol Myers Squibb is leading the way!

What would you say to someone thinking about working at Bristol Myers Squibb?

Bristol Myers Squibb feeds my passion and purpose! As a registered nurse, it’s imperative that I work for a company that is patient-centric and values me as a person, not just an employee - and Bristol Myers Squibb checks both boxes. The icing on the cake is the impressive portfolio and pipeline we have.  It’s exciting working for a cutting-edge company on the edge of innovation – it ensures work is challenging and rewarding, yet fun!

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“At Bristol Myers Squibb, leadership invests in and develops programs that enable women to succeed as leaders. BMS has nurtured my career from its early stage and has provided me with a platform to excel as a female in the Middle Eastern corporate world.” ~Mayada Al-Ahmad, Business Unit Lead, Oncology Middle East & Africa
 

What I do

I am the Oncology Business Unit Lead for the Middle East & Africa markets with more than 20 years of progressive experience with Bristol Myers Squibb. Over the course of the last 20 years here, I have held roles across sectors in marketing, sales, operations and country management. I have handled different specialty therapeutic areas and different geographies including the Middle East, Africa, Turkey and Russia, and have had the opportunity to work with the WW commercial team on earlier stages of cancer.

In addition to my primary role, I also support B-NOW by ensuring women have equal recruitment and development opportunities in our region, inspiring and engaging women’s talent and helping to redefine women’s role in leadership. I have also recently participated as a speaker on behalf of B-NOW at the WINs (Women International Networking) conference where I had the opportunity to speak as part of a panel on “Evolving our Leadership and Careers.”

What makes Bristol Myers Squibb a great place to work?

Bristol Myers Squibb is more than just a company, it’s a family that truly cares about its members. The organization continues to support and challenge their employees to develop, grow and foster a high trust work environment. Diversity, inclusion and equality are foundational core values to Bristol Myers Squibb, which makes it one of the best places to work.

Our leadership invests in and develops programs that enable women to succeed as leaders. Bristol Myers Squibb has nurtured my career from its early stage and has provided me with a platform to excel as a female in the Middle Eastern corporate world.

Without a doubt what I am most proud of over the course of my career are the relationships I have built with the people and the teams I have worked with.

What would you say to someone thinking about working at Bristol Myers Squibb?

For those thinking of working at Bristol Myers Squibb, you will be provided with an unrivalled opportunity to grow and provide input in a forward-thinking, supportive company that realizes employees as their greatest asset. In addition to the remarkable passion and true commitment to making an impact on patients’ lives, you will be supported by amazing leaders who will bring out the best in you and help you grow into the best version of yourself.

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“At BMS, you’ll be valued for who you are, you’ll be encouraged to unleash your full potential while working for patients and delivering on something bigger than you.” ~Aissata Camara, Associate Director, Value-based Healthcare Strategy & Operations
 

What I do

I joined Bristol Myers Squibb 11 years ago. Currently I am working as part of a team designing and implementing programs aimed to deliver greater value to patients and bring more efficiency to the French healthcare system. I have also served in various positions across marketing, sales, market access and the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation. Additionally, I am the B-NOW France chapter lead. We launched the French chapter of B-NOW with very specific positioning that fosters the advancement of women and recognizes the role men play. With this deliberately inclusive positioning we are encouraging and inviting men to actively engage with gender diversity issues. Our goal is to break down invisible barriers that prevent people from realizing their full potential by focusing on three-pillars: raising awareness about bias and stereotypes, sharing inspirational stories and promoting personal and professional development.

What makes Bristol Myers Squibb a great place to work? 

Bristol Myers Squibb values their employees and creates conditions for them to seize opportunities! Over the course of my career at Bristol Myers Squibb, three unique qualities have particularly stood out to me: 

  • Flexible work environment: When I joined Bristol Myers Squibb France 11 years ago, I was the young mother of a 5-month-old baby. For more flexibility, they offered to let me work remotely during my very first month at the company.
  • Trust & encouragement: Shortly after joining, I applied for a six-month assignment in Lisbon, Portugal. While I was apprehensive of the idea of taking on more responsibility, I was inspired by my manager’s advice: “Yes, you’ll be stretched, but you’ll make it,” she said. “Listen to your intuition and just believe in yourself.”
  • Opportunity: Over the course of my 11-year career here, I have had the opportunity to serve in six different roles across a number of different sectors! This has allowed me to widen my expertise and given me a deeper understanding into the different aspects of the work we do each day.

I am proud of working and growing at Bristol Myers Squibb for so many years because of the meaning and the impact of my day-to-day work on patients’ lives. 

What would you say to someone thinking about working at Bristol Myers Squibb? 

At Bristol Myers Squibb, you’ll be valued for who you are, you’ll be encouraged to unleash your full potential while working for patients and delivering something bigger than yourself.

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“Here, all employees are welcome – we celebrate diverse cultures and ways of thinking, from a variety of backgrounds.” ~Keiko Ito, Events & Meetings Center of Expertise Oncology Lead, B-NOW Chapter Lead, Japan
 

What I do

I am the Events & Meetings Center of Expertise (EMCoE) Oncology lead in Japan. In my role I am responsible for ensuring seminars run smoothly and meet our standards, as well as continually improving the customer experience at our events. Beyond my primary role, I am also the B-NOW Japan chapter lead. 

As a chapter lead, I align and collaborate with team members in other markets in the APAC region to conduct several activities. Together we work to highlight and elevate women in the workplace through programming like our recent “WIN” workshop designed to educate and inspire women in leadership through the theme of “allyship.”

What makes Bristol Myers Squibb a great place to work?

Bristol Myers Squibb’s mission is “to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases.” Our events team is led by this mission, focusing on helping change patients’ lives by offering educational seminars to healthcare providers that ultimately benefit patients. So, in my role I get to live our mission of “helping patients with our innovative medicines” every day.   

What would you say to someone thinking about working at Bristol Myers Squibb?

I highly recommend working at Bristol Myers Squibb. Bristol Myers Squibb offers many career paths and opportunities for growth. Since joining I have held a number of roles across multiple sectors including, New Product Planning, Market Research, Product management, Commercial Excellence, and EMCoE. I have also had the opportunity to work in our Taiwan/Hong Kong office. Here, all employees are welcome – we celebrate diverse cultures and ways of thinking, from a variety of backgrounds.

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