BOLD Fosters Diversity and Inclusion

Black Organization for Leadership and Development (BOLD)

BOLD is one of eight People and Business Resource Groups that help foster a culture of inclusion, strong employee engagement, and higher levels of productivity. BOLD members passionately engage and empower our Black talent to bring innovative impactful insights to the benefit of our colleagues, the Company, and most importantly our patients.
 
Below are the stories of how some of those members contribute and thrive in a diverse and inclusive environment that values and empowers everyone. ​ ​Scroll to the bottom of the page for links to learn more about becoming part of a company where the diverse experiences and perspectives of all our employees help to drive innovation and transformative business results.
 
Get to know Monique Phillips and her vision for BOLD

Monique Phillips, Global Lead of the Black Organization for Leadership & Development (BOLD), shares what’s in store for BOLD in 2022 and beyond. 

“At BMS I can be my authentic self and have fun while working.”  ~ Valerie Mason-Robinson, Associate Director of Strategy and Business Operations
 

What I do – I’m an Associate Director of Strategy and Business Operations focused on communications. Beyond my primary role, I am the BOLD communications co-lead, I serve on the GPS Diversity and Inclusion Council, and more.  The visibility and exposure offered by all my voluntary work outside of my primary role has helped me tremendously. Because of BOLD and the GPS Diversity & Inclusion Council I’ve gotten exposure to various senior leaders, and I’ve built trust and a reputation to move projects forward. I’m grateful for the insight and the experience I have gained working with colleagues and friends across Bristol Myers Squibb.

What makes Bristol Myers Squibb a great place to work?

Bristol Myers Squibb isn’t just a place to work, it’s a community. If you plant yourself in the organization and get involved outside of your primary role you will see seeds flourish not only in your career but in your life outside of work as well. People at Bristol Myers Squibb are willing to help you learn and grow to get to the next level. I’ve built relationships with people here - we talk about our families, we laugh, and we support each other.

What would you say to someone thinking about working here? 

Bristol Myers Squibb is a great company. I left corporate America earlier in my career to become an entrepreneur because I disliked the culture and environment. However, at Bristol Myers Squibb I can be my authentic self and have fun while working.

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“Come be your authentic self – be innovative – be a success story and be a part of a global organization where you can impact patients and the greater community in a meaningful and fulfilling way.” ~ Ronda Wells, Associate Director, Oncology Reporting
 

What I do – As an Associate Director, Oncology Reporting, I drive success factors through both Oncology Field and Oncology Commercial Business Performance Reporting and Analytics.  I became a member of BOLD shortly after joining BMS in 2017. I have led and collaborated on Black History Month (BHM) initiatives as well as co-lead for the 2022 BHM keynote event.  

What makes Bristol Myers Squibb a great place to work? 

Bristol Myers Squibb is a company that puts its mission, vision and values into action. Bristol Myers Squibb puts patients at the center of everything we do, has over 50 investigational therapies, eight PBRGs with over 15,000 members in 40 countries and is committed to investing in health disparities, clinical trial diversity, supplier diversity and matching employee giving. How can you not be proud to work for such an organization?

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“The culture and the people working collectively makes Bristol Myers Squibb a great place to work and grow. I have the freedom to explore my scientific interest and enhance leadership skills.” ~ Pedro Smith, Principal Scientist, Drug Product Development
 

What I do – I’m a Formulation Process and Packaging Lead working as a principal scientist in sterile product development within the drug product development organization. In my role, I collaborate with our respective matrix teams to develop parenteral dosage forms and their manufacturing processes to enable clinical and commercial use. Alongside my work, I also serve as a member of the BOLD STEM Team and the BOLD New Brunswick site co-lead, and have had the opportunity to mentor university level STEM students through the PD Summer Internship Program and collaborations between  B-NOW (Bristol Myers Squibb Network of Women), OLA (Organization for Latino Achievement) and Rutgers University.

What makes Bristol Myers Squibb a great place to work? 

There is a feeling of accomplishment when we develop and deliver new medicines. The culture and the people working collectively makes it a great place to work and grow. I have the freedom to explore my scientific interest and enhance leadership skills. 

What would you say to someone thinking about working here?

I highly recommend Bristol Myers Squibb as an employer. Within the company there are a variety of career options. The PBRGs provide a path for the Bristol Myers Squibb family to come together and celebrate our diverse and inclusive culture.

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“If you are looking for a place where camaraderie matters, it’s here.” ~ Yusuf Oni, Associate Scientific Director, Sterile Product Development
 

What I do – As an Associate Scientific Director of Sterile Product Development I’m responsible for the evaluation, design and development of delivery technologies and solutions (such as vials and prefillable syringes) for our parenteral products. I also co-lead the BOLD STEM team where we are invested in fostering the pipeline for Black talent in the STEM fields internally and externally; and across all levels (K-5 to graduate levels). We achieve this through teaching, mentorship, scholarship awards etc. in many forums.

What makes Bristol Myers Squibb a great place to work? 

The people. The culture. I can only work for a place that feels like home away from home, and Bristol Myers Squibb feels that way to me. As a cancer survivor, I understood the importance of having medicines for serious diseases and as an engineer, I recognize the significance of designing patient-centric products. I’m incredibly proud of touching the design of many products that reach a patient or caregiver’s hands.

What would you say to someone thinking about working here? 

A funny story. When I was called to come in for my interview, I hesitantly agreed. I already had another job offer that I was about to accept. I promptly told my friend who had referred me that I was only going as a professional courtesy and would not accept an offer if it was made. A few hours later post-interview, I called the same friend and said that this is the offer I would accept if I got the job! 

Our values will appeal to you. If you are looking for a place where camaraderie matters, it’s here. A place where we believe that the “priceless ingredient of every product is the honor and integrity of its maker.” And these values always shine through the people. Just like on my interview day.

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“Knowing that in some small way I can contribute to someone’s story of healing and hope is an amazing feeling.” ~ Kimberly Gray, Associate Director, Integrated Scientific Operations Translational Medicine
 

What I do – As a Translational Medicine Program Manager, I use my communication and organizational skills to hold my team accountable for timely delivery of biomarker data for key clinical RCC and Melanoma studies.  I came to Bristol Myers Squibb with many years of experience in early drug discovery, specializing in assay development.  I am grateful for the opportunity here to pivot from the laboratory to an operational role in which I can leverage my scientific expertise alongside my passion for collaboration and communication.  I also enjoy my volunteer work as a co-lead on the BOLD Black History Month Professional Development team.  Being a part of BOLD has given me an opportunity to build relationships with my colleagues while learning about the business of pharma. 

What makes Bristol Myers Squibb a great place to work? 

Bristol Myers Squibb is a great place to work because it is purposeful in creating a culture where we can all be proud of who we are individually and how we contribute to the mission of our company. Bristol Myers Squibb constantly looks for ways to be a better company and deliver the next quality product more efficiently. Here we work for the patient. It is always exciting to hear stories about patients who have benefited from one of our products. Knowing that in some small way I can contribute to someone’s story of healing and hope is an amazing feeling.

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“Bristol Myers Squibb is a culture of living your best life while helping patients do the same.” ~ Maurice Bellfield, Executive Director, Strategy & Operations
 

What I do – As the Head of Strategy & Operations and Chief of Staff for Corporate Affairs, I work to ensure the team meets the strategic imperatives of the enterprise to deliver for patients. In my role with BOLD, I lead health equity initiatives to further Bristol Myers Squibb’s objectives of improving healthier life outcomes for Black, Latino/Hispanic, and Asian communities.

What makes Bristol Myers Squibb a great place to work? 

Bristol Myers Squibb is committed to developing a culture of living your best life while helping patients do the same. Our core values of passion, urgency, inclusion, innovation, accountability, and integrity provide powerfully packed days to make progress for patients!  I am proud of what we do and how we do it!

What would you say to someone thinking about working here?

Consider Bristol Myers Squibb if you want to make a difference in the lives of patients now and into the future. This is where it happens. We need those who can live our core values, which will both help you grow and help make a difference in the lives of patients. Come be a part of a winning team!

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