BOLD celebrates Black History Month
Black Organization for Leadership and Development (BOLD)
Our Black Organization for Leadership and Development (BOLD) leads our celebration of African American sacrifices, contributions, accomplishments and milestones in our nation’s history. The theme for this year’s celebration, Still We Rise, highlights the efforts and encompasses the commitment to empower and embolden our communities despite past and ongoing challenges.
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.
“BMS is more than just a place where innovation lives, it is a diverse canvas filled with collaborative minds that play a part in impacting the lives of patients globally. So join us as we change the world!” ~ Jerry Jean-Louis, Manager, Microbiology Laboratory, Syracuse, New York
What I do - I support our commercial manufacturing by managing the quality control microbiological control laboratory and coordinating routine testing of our products. I also serve as a BOLD Chapter co-lead where I engage our employees to drive necessary conversations and facilitate events that advance the mission of our BOLD organization.
Why BMS is a great place to work - The thing that makes BMS a great place to work is the unique emphasis on values that drive our identity as a company. Because of these values, we are able to effectively shape the culture of our workforce. I’m proud of working for BMS because we tie everything we do back to the patients which highlights our “Why” factor. Everything from patient week to the notable emphasis we place on our PBRGs sets us apart from many other companies and we are intentional about the effort we put forth in all of these things.
“If you’re looking for an inclusive culture that’s dedicated to helping patients that not only embraces diversity, but understands the value it brings to the business and to our patients and, most importantly, a company where you can apply your skills while contributing to a greater cause, BMS is it!” ~ Ariel Hodge, Manager, Emerging Leaders Rotational Program, New Brunswick, New Jersey
What I do - I am part of our manufacturing Emerging Leaders Rotational Program and currently I’m in my third rotation as a manufacturing manager. In addition to my day job, diversity and inclusion are a passion of mine and I am an active member of BOLD as a project manager for professional development, a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) mentor, and supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) recruitment initiatives.
Why BMS is a great place to work - BMS is a wonderful place to work because we truly put the patient first as we address tough diseases, health issues, and disparities. I’m proud to be a part of a company that stands by and represents their values; Integrity, Urgency, Accountability, Innovation, Passion, and Inclusion. BMS also allows people to grow and expand their skills no matter what their role. For example, my work with BOLD is helping me develop new skills that will help with my career, professionally and personally. I’ve felt fully supported by colleagues and through the company’s eight PBRGs that empower our diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture.
“When I interview candidates and they ask me, “why should I work for BMS”, I tell them, “work here because BMS has a solid drug pipeline and a great reputation, your team will value you, and most importantly, you can make a real difference in the lives of patients.” ~ Trella Mitchell, Associate Scientific Director, New Brunswick, New Jersey
What I do - I design the primary packaging for solid oral doses of several of our medicines. When I first joined BMS, I was the first new hire chosen to participate in the Technical Operations Rotation Program and completed four six-month rotations: in supply chain, quality, manufacturing and packaging. I am also the co-lead for BOLD talent acquisition. In this role, I work with human resources to recruit and retain a pipeline of black leaders for all professional levels at BMS.
Why BMS is a great place to work - BMS has a wonderfully diverse workforce that fosters an atmosphere of team work. I have been here 21 years because I love the work and the people I work with. I feel valued at BMS and I help make a real difference in the lives of patients”.
“If you are looking for a company that values you as a person, regardless of your background, the color of your skin, gender, sexual orientation or any other factor and provides a safe space for you to apply your time and talent in developing and bringing therapies to patients in need, BMS is definitely the place for you.” ~ Shodeinde Coker, Director, Early Clinical Development, Lawrenceville New Jersey
What I do - I am a Clinical Trial Physician in Early Clinical Development, Hematology, Oncology and Cell Therapy. My involvement with BOLD began in earnest in 2020 when I was nominated to be a Mentor in the Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program (SMDP) of The International Center for Professional Development Through this program, I have been able to help a postgraduate scholar from a minority background in his career journey in the biotech industry. A wonderful and fulfilling opportunity this has been.
Why BMS is a great place to work - I am proud to work for a company that puts patients first and ensures that all employees are aligned with this vision. In addition, the extraordinary talent the company attracts at all levels speaks with the commitment of being an industry leading, productive pharmaceutical company. BMS’s commitment to the development of therapies for patients with serious illness as the driving force for the business aligns with the vision that inspired me to become a physician and train in oncology.
“If you’re a person looking to work for a company where you can be seen, heard and rewarded for your contributions, then BMS is a great place to be!” ~ Monica Jackson, Associate Manager, Region Operations, New Jersey
What I do - I am an associate manager, region operations, leading and collaborating on the development and execution of the regional business plan for one of our products. As an engaged member of BOLD, I am co-lead for Field Engagement on the Leadership Team. Additionally, I co-authored the Unconscious Bias training deck for One Immunology.
Why BMS is a great place to work - BMS is passionate about people, both the patients we serve and the employees. BMS supports and provides opportunities to grow in your career. The company is not only committed to bringing new medications to market, but also to being a company that is reflective of the patients and the communities we serve. BMS supports and understands the value of diversity and inclusion, encouraging each of us to bring our authentic selves to work. That allows every unique attribute to be as a resource and advantage.
“BMS is a company driven by more than just the bottom line. Our focus is on delivering for our patients while recognizing the value of inclusivity and bringing diverse perspectives to the table to drive key decisions.” ~ Keniesha Watford-Woods, Associate Director, Operations Program Management, Lawrenceville, New Jersey
What I do - I am an associate director of operations and program management for our Business Insights and Analytics Organization where I work with a team to create strategies to increase operational efficiency, enhance ways of working and drive performance. I led communications for BOLD for three years and continue to participate in BOLD, serving as a mentor or advisor as needed. My leadership role, the BOLD network and development opportunities were instrumental in me obtaining a Board seat with Women of Color in Pharma.
Why BMS is a great place to work - I have had a 16 year career here at BMS and am proud to work for a company that has consistently been in support of my development. The relationships that I have developed have been instrumental to my success. Additionally, I am proud to work for a company taking a very public leadership stance on inclusion in both our workforce and in clinical trials.
“BMS values include innovation, integrity and inclusion, and it is a place where you can grow and learn every day, and be challenged and rewarded at the same time.” ~ Todd Bunch, Executive Director, Toxicology, Lawrenceville, New Jersey
What I do - I support the early development of potential new oncology drugs, helping to enable initial clinical trials. I also work with BOLD support our science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives by mentoring the next generation of scientists and leaders.
Why BMS is a great place to work - BMS values include innovation, integrity and inclusion, and it is a place where you can grow and learn every day. Our mission to improve patients’ lives through the development of innovative, safe, and effective medicines is at the forefront of all that we do. I am so proud to work for such a company, and proud of the amazing team of scientists that I get to collaborate with daily.
The BOLD podcast series, BOLD Innovators, highlights BMS leaders and their career journeys. It provides a authentic, personal perspective on how they shaped their careers, overcame hurdles and contributed to the greater organization.
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