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BOLD Innovators podcast: Season II - Passion

The Black Organization for Leadership and Development (BOLD) accelerates Bristol Myers Squibb's business performance by fostering an inclusive environment that values the contributions of Black employees equally with others. The BOLD podcast series, BOLD Innovators, highlights BMS leaders and their career journeys. It provides an authentic, personal perspective on how they shaped their careers, overcame hurdles and contributed to our mission of helping patients prevail over serious diseases.

All sessions hosted by Bryant Powell and BOLD Communications team.

  • Podcast
  • BOLD
  • Passion
  • Innovators

BOLD Innovators podcast: Season II – Passion Trailer

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.
2022-12-02
Panic or persevere: featuring Rondu Vincent, executive director, Global Supplier Diversity and Sustainability. 
  • Black Organization for Leadership and Development
  • Innovator
  • BOLD Diversity and Inclusion
  • Hood to the boardroom
  • Panic or persevere
  • Procurement

Panic or persevere featuring Rondu Vincent, executive director, Global Supplier Diversity and Sustainability.

In this month’s episode, we have the pleasure of speaking with Rondu Vincent, executive director, Global Supplier Diversity and Sustainability. 

 

Growing up in both Queens, New York, and Plainfield, New Jersey, Rondu has seen homelessness, drugs and unemployment in his community. He realized early on he had a choice to either panic or persevere and decided to align with individuals who were more progressive. Rondu wouldn’t change his upbringing because it taught him resiliency and that he could rise above those circumstances. He credits his upbringing for making him a shrewd negotiator and eventually choosing a career in procurement. Rondu uses his procurement skills with a desire for servant leadership in a manner that elevates the Black, minority and underrepresented communities. He attributes Bristol Myers Squibb as a company that celebrates and appreciates differences with the resources to create real change. Rondu advises, if faced with a daunting task or negative circumstances, you must decide “do we panic and let it fester or do we persevere because we have a bigger role to play and impact to create.”

 

Rondu is boldly passionate about leveraging his platform to change lives of the underrepresented and marginalized. “I am fighting for something bigger than me. My goal is to talk myself out of a job,” said Rondu. “The day there is no longer a need for supplier diversity is the day diversity is part of the culture and society in general.” Rondu continues to challenge the status quo and is okay with being in difficult situations. He stated, “As long as we are being comfortable, I don’t think we are challenging the status quo enough.”

 

Rondu advises to make sure to give back in some way and don’t forget to “Reach back to pull up,” he states.  His work in the Power to Impact program is just one of the ways Rondu gives back and gives voices to diverse populations. The Power to Impact program’s influence goes beyond a procurement supplier diversity standpoint and reaches out to the community by hosting events such as health screening for the homeless and reading literacy.

2022-09-22
Comfortable with the uncomfortable: featuring Nnenna Kalu, Commercial Leadership Development Program associate and Youssef Jouichate, aCTivate associate, Science and Technology.
  • Black Organization for Leadership and Development
  • Innovator
  • Get Comfortable with the Uncomfortable
  • internship
  • mentorship
  • international student

Comfortable with the uncomfortable: featuring Nnenna Kalu, Commercial Leadership Development Program associate and Youssef Jouichate, aCTivate associate, Science and Technology.

In Part 2 of this two-part episode, we have the pleasure of speaking with Nnenna Kalu, Commercial Leadership Development Program associate and Youssef Jouichate, aCTivate associate, Science and Technology, both early careers hires at BMS.

Born in West Africa, but sent to the UK for boarding school, Nnenna never forgot where she came from. She was led to the United States for PharmD studies and has since earned an MHA and an MBA.  During her attendance at National MBA conference, she was introduced to Bristol Myers Squibb. Nnenna wanted to be in environment that would foster her professional growth. She was able to have real candid conversations with the company, which led to working on the worldwide VAP team and eventually full-time employment. Nnenna is impressed with the number of women in senior positions and feels Bristol Myers Squibb is an environment that pushes women to be their best and have work life balance. Nnenna advises new career hires to always remember what it felt like to be new and as they progress in their career to have empathy for new colleagues. 

Youssef was born in Morocco, Africa, and came to the U.S. at age 3.  Attending the Drexel University co-op program first led him to real world manufacturing experience in active pharmaceutical ingredients, biopharmaceutical manufacturing and opportunity in labs. Eventually, Youssef secured an internship opportunity through Pan Asian Network, a mentorship program at Bristol Myers Squibb. Youssef advises being comfortable with getting uncomfortable, whether that is trying something new, volunteering or mentoring and believes in making changes in the world around him where possible.

2022-10-14
Diversity and inclusion in action in Brazil: featuring Gaetano Crupi, general manager, Brazil, and Fernanda da Silva Joao, senior manager, Global Procurement, Brazil site, BOLD People and Resource lead
  • Black Organization for Leadership and Development
  • BOLD Diversity and Inclusion
  • Brazil
  • Hispanic Heritage Month
  • discrimination

Diversity and inclusion in action in Brazil: featuring Gaetano Crupi, general manager, Brazil, and Fernanda da Silva Joao, senior manager, Global Procurement, Brazil site, BOLD People and Resource lead

In this month’s episode, we have the pleasure of speaking with Gaetano Crupi, general manager, Brazil, and Fernanda da Silva Joao, senior manager, Global Procurement, Brazil site.

As a son of immigrants, Gaetano Crupi grew up embracing two cultures, Brazilian and Italian.  He was the first member of his family to graduate from a university and began a pursuit of an international career.  Gaetano is an advocate for diversity and inclusion and has a passion for eliminating any type of discrimination in his environment. Whether it is looking for new ways to attract Black talent by offering to pay for English classes to qualified talent or looking to see if there is diverse representation when hiring, promoting or offering tour of duties, Gaetano is passionate about stopping racial discrimination, one person, one job, one mentorship at a time. Gaetano states, “Lets go after minority talent. Talent attracts other talent.”

Fernanda da Silva Joao joined Bristol Myers Squibb for the opportunity to work in her passion and purpose. Receiving mentorship and support for her personal development, Fernanda is passionate about supporting others to succeed in their career. As PBRG lead, Fernanda is able to work in her passion to move forward diversity and inclusion in Brazil. She speaks of diversification of suppliers to provide innovative solutions for patients. Although the Black and Brown population is a majority in Brazil, we still have opportunities to improve racial and gender inequalities and to connect with those that are unseen by others. Fernando is optimistic about the progress she sees with diversity and inclusion and attributes some of that progress here with engaging leadership. She states, “We have seen great progress. I see more opportunities that my kids will have when I was their age.”

2022-09-19
Seat at the table: featuring Carla Ayala, manager GPS Emerging Leaders Program and Stefan Ade, Business Insights & Analytics MBA Rotational Development Program.
  • Black Organization for Leadership and Development
  • Bridging the Gap
  • Paying it Forward
  • Power of Mentorship
  • International Students
  • Internships

Seat at the table: featuring Carla Ayala, manager GPS Emerging Leaders Program and Stefan Ade, Business Insights & Analytics MBA Rotational Development Program.

In Part 1 of this month’s episode, we have the pleasure of speaking with Carla Ayala, manager GPS Emerging Leaders Program and Stefan Ade, Business Insights & Analytics MBA Rotational Development Program, two recent early career hires at BMS.

 

Born in Ecuador, South America, and educated in Mexico, Carla came to the United States as a Harvard Medical School intern where she was exposed to both academics and the manufacturing production field.  But it was going after new credentials in the biotechnology business that brought her to Bristol Myers Squibb. Craving a sense of community, Carla found Bristol Myers Squibb a workplace where she was able find a sense of community.  She is an active member of the PBRB Organization for Latino Achievement or OLA, where she is able to leverage this community’s talent to create opportunities for top international students at highly competitive universities find pathways to be considered for roles within the company.

 

Born in Cameroon, West Africa, Stefan received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Stefan worked as a technician which led him to pharmacy school, internships and MBA program. It was one of his mentors that recommended an internship at Bristol Myers Squibb.  Stefan describes his internship as an amazing experience, which led to a full-time role in Business Insights & Analytics MBA Rotational Development Program. Stefan seeks to bring his experiences at Howard University pharmacy school and his business education to Bristol Myers Squibb and bring value to projects that create innovations for unmet patient needs.  He talks about the power of mentorship and connecting with a diverse network of people who shared an interest in helping him develop. Stefan enjoys sharing his experiences and is paying it forward by participating in the Tomorrow Innovator Initiative where he works on the pillar created to increase visibility and recruit the next generation of minority talent.

2022-04-17
A servant leader: featuring Adam Taliaferro, director, Strategic Alliance lead, U.S. Policy & Government Affairs
  • Black Organization for Leadership and Development
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Patient Access
  • Patient Voice
  • Spinal Cord Injury

A servant leader: featuring Adam Taliaferro, director, Strategic Alliance lead, U.S. Policy & Government Affairs

In this month’s episode, we have the pleasure of speaking with Adam Taliaferro, director, Strategic Alliance lead, U.S. Policy & Government Affairs. Passionate about playing football, Adam was offered a scholarship to play at Penn State bringing him closer to realizing his dream of possibly playing professionally. At the fifth game in his freshman year against rival Ohio State, Adam made a routine helmet-to-helmet tackle that would change the course of his life. He had broken his neck — a similar injury suffered by the late Christopher Reeve. Given only a 3% chance of ever walking again, Adam fought insurmountable odds to not only walk, but to walk well.

 

Adam’s hope that he would walk again was fueled by the constant support of people, family and friends that encouraged him every day. “No one person can get through this type of injury by themselves,” Adam explains. His desire to help patients overcome adversary led to an advocacy position at Bristol Myers Squibb in U.S. Policy & Governance Affairs. Adam educates patient advocates on health policy and how to make their voices heard to state policy makers about the importance of access.   

BOLD Innovators podcast: Season I - Innovation

The Black Organization for Leadership and Development (BOLD) accelerates Bristol Myers Squibb's business performance by fostering an inclusive environment that values the contributions of Black employees equally with others. The BOLD podcast series, BOLD Innovators, highlights BMS leaders and their career journeys. It provides an authentic, personal perspective on how they shaped their careers, overcame hurdles and contributed to our mission of helping patients prevail over serious diseases.

All sessions hosted by Bryant Powell and BOLD Communications team.

  • Podcast
  • BOLD
  • Family
  • Innovators

BOLD Innovators Trailer

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.
2022-04-18
Unlocking your superpowers: Featuring Jessie Hwang, TYK2 medical scientist 
  • Diversity in healthcare
  • Never dim your light
  • Superpowers

Unlocking your superpowers: Featuring Jessie Hwang, TYK2 medical scientist

In this month’s episode, we had the pleasure of speaking with BOLD member, Jessie Hwang, TYK2 medical scientist. Jessie is responsible for supporting the team and implementing the U.S. medical strategy for Bristol Myers Squibb product program launches in psoriasis and dermatology. Jessie also serves on the BOLD Leadership team, most currently as co-chair of the inaugural virtual program for Black History Month 2021. Jessie is a proud Spelman College alum and obtained her PharmD at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. 

 

Jessie shares her career journey, passion about diversity in clinical trials and explains how she identified and uses her superpowers to fuel her passion for breaking down barriers to healthcare access in diverse populations.

 

Jessie speaks on the importance of learning and leveraging feedback even when it is not so great and paying it forward by passing on the information to others. She advises when choosing a company for a career that it is important to look at the company’s culture and discern if your voice will be heard to ensure the right fit. For Jessie, Bristol Myers Squibb was the right fit. She stated, “I chose BMS because BMS also chose me.”

2022-03-01
Bringing others along: Featuring Thalia Mingo, PBRG Lead, Bristol Myers Network of Women (B-NOW)
  • BOLD gender equity
  • FirstOnlyDifferent
  • Servant leadership

Bringing others along: Featuring Thalia Mingo, PBRG Lead, Bristol Myers Network of Women (B-NOW)

In this month’s episode, we have the pleasure of speaking with BOLD member, Thalia Mingo, who is also the PBRG lead, Bristol Myers Network of Women. Thalia shared her 20-year career journey at Bristol Myers Squibb, which included opportunities in sales, marketing commercialization and a tour of duty in Switzerland.  As the new lead for B-NOW, Thalia is a champion for gender equity and is shaping B-NOW strategy and execution to enable all women an opportunity to develop, advance and be supported throughout their career journey at Bristol Myers Squibb.   

Thalia accredits all experiences, whether they were successful or had some failures and learnings, and the support from mentors and sponsors for propelling her to where she is today.  She would love to get to a place and a time when we not having to have talk about underrepresented ethnic groups or gender as it relates to the workplace.  Rather, it would be great to talk about people and their contributions overall and any dimensions of diversity that makes us unique and authentic becomes more natural. 

This episode is presented by special guest host Terris Moss.

2022-03-01
Bet on You: Featuring Monique Phillips, PBRG Lead, Black Organization for Leadership Development
  • Bet on you
  • Optimism
  • Black History Month
  • Persistence

Bet on You: Featuring Monique Phillips, PBRG Lead, Black Organization for Leadership Development

In this month’s episode, we have the pleasure of speaking with Monique Phillips, PBRG lead, Black Organization for Leadership Development.  

Joining as new lead for BOLD, Monique highlights BOLD’s Black History Month activities including keynote speaker Hill Harper, the focus on mental and physical health and wellness, and her gratitude of efforts from all the BOLD volunteers for making the Black History Month celebration a success.  

As a recovering chemist, Monique shares the importance of asking “why” to get to root of problems and to viable solutions.  “Asking the question 'why’ helps solve most questions because we understand what is going wrong and what is going well, and you can fix that,” she explains.

As a BOLD Innovator, Monique expresses the importance of being optimistic and persistent.  After receiving many “Noes,” Monique’s persistence lead to a “Yes” to an opportunity to shadow a medical doctor during her training. She explained that sometimes we must be flexible and broaden our thinking on what is an acceptable “Yes.”  Finally, Monique explains the importance on betting on yourself and not being afraid to fail.  

2022-02-15
Celebration of Succession: Featuring former BOLD PBRG Leads Adrienne Gonzalez & Shamika Williams
  • BOLD Leaders
  • Succession

Celebration of Succession: Featuring former BOLD PBRG Leads Adrienne Gonzalez & Shamika Williams

In this special episode, we have the pleasure of speaking to BMS’ first BOLD PBRG lead Adrienne Gonzalez, senior corporate counsel in U.S. Law and Compliance and former lead Shamika Williams, senior director, Strategy and Marketing - HBCU Initiative. Discussed were some of the benefits, successes and challenges each have had in taking on the BOLD PBRG leadership role. Both Adrienne and Shamika shared how the role helped define their next career move. They also provided insight into what the next BOLD PRBG leader would need to help ensure success in the role, including the willingness to put themselves in unfamiliar waters and being comfortable with being uncomfortable, a desire for servant leadership, empathy for issues in the Black community and a passion around BOLD’s purpose.  
2022-01-24
Connecting the Dots: Featuring Tony Rodriguez, Associate Director, GPS PMO Process & Governance
  • STEM
  • PBRGs
  • Diverse workforce
  • Connect the Dots

Connecting the Dots: Featuring Tony Rodriguez, Associate Director, GPS PMO Process & Governance.

In this month’s episode, we have the pleasure of speaking with Tony Rodriguez, Associate Director, GPS PMO Process & Governance. Tony is an accomplished, result focused, global enterprise certified program management professional, who is currently responsible for delivery of several critical Bristol Myers Squibb initiatives supporting global supply chain, global engineering and facilities and cell therapy. Tony has a BA in computer information systems from Branch College and an executive master’s degree in technology management from Stevens Institute of Technology.

 

Tony shares the importance of connecting the dots. Growing up in the Bronx, New York, he realizes it took a village to get him where he is today. He serves as a conduit for several Bristol Myers Squibb PBRGs to work together on common visions impacting multiple communities, such as health disparities and supporting future STEM talent and leaders. He believes it is important to nurture, support and provide examples to students considering a career in STEM, so they realize with hard work, a career in STEM is within their reach.  

 

As an ally and BOLD innovator, Tony expresses the importance of seeing the big picture of the problem to be solved, recognizing strength in diverse perspectives, as key to connecting the dots. Tony explains connecting the dots entails building relationships with people, allowing people to be their authentic self, learning about other backgrounds and allowing yourself to be challenged in a good way by others who may think differently than you. By building these relationships, when you have problems you are not able to solve, you can call on your connections to find someone who may know the answer.

2021-12-03
Paying it Forward: Kwame Sarpong, Business Insights & Analytics Rotational Development Program
  • Development
  • Business Insights
  • Cardiovascular
  • Healthcare and drugs

Paying it Forward: Kwame Sarpong, Business Insights & Analytics Rotational Development Program

In this month’s episode, we have the pleasure of speaking with Kwame Sarpong, Business Insights & Analytics Rotational Development Program Associate.  Kwame is currently responsible for evaluating business processes, identifying needs and developing strategies to maximize opportunities for cardiovascular drugs to help patients on a global scale.   

 

Kwame discussed the importance of broadening the availability of medications across the world to developing countries. As a Guinea citizen, Kwame is passionate about being part of the solution for bringing affordable healthcare and drugs to the western part of Africa and eventually all of Africa. He is driven to be a part of solutions which aid developing countries in need of affordable drugs.   

 

Kwame attributes BOLD for providing an opportunity for professional development. He continually pays it forward by providing mentorship to others on how to navigate their career path. Kwame advises others to not be afraid to put yourself out there to network and to be uncomfortable by taking on roles you have never done before.

2021-11-12
Discovering Opportunities: Featuring Antoinette (Toni) Brock, Vice President, Corporate Analytics and Transparency
  • Development
  • Problem Solving
  • Perseverance
  • Risk Taking
  • CV Sales

Discovering Opportunities: Featuring Antoinette (Toni) Brock, Vice President, Corporate Analytics and Transparency

In this month’s episode, we have the pleasure of speaking with Toni Brock, Vice President, Corporate Analytics and Transparency and lead for Business Insights & Analytics Diversity and Inclusion initiative. Toni will be discussing how her perseverance helps her to achieve professional goals. She discusses the importance of making tough somewhat risky decisions to gain more skill sets and propel your career to what you are trying to achieve. Toni also goes on to explain the importance of not putting limits on yourself and taking full accountability for your development by seeking out opportunities for growth, such as stretch assignments. She learned how to use her failures as an opportunity to learn and grow and her voice to encourage inclusion. Toni attributed her determination for being a problem solver of issues where there was not a current solution to be the conduit to getting where she is today.
2021-10-19
Mobile Mission: Featuring Amadou Diarra, Senior Vice President of Global Policies and Government Affairs
  • Mobility
  • International Working
  • Relocation
  • Working abroad

Mobile Mission: Featuring Amadou Diarra, Senior Vice President of Global Policies and Government Affairs

In this month’s episode, we have the pleasure of speaking with Amadou Diarra, Senior Vice President of Global Policies and Government Affairs. Amadou attributes his career success to being mobile and taking advantage of opportunities to work around the world in a variety of roles. He explains that being mobile takes the willingness to explore, understand and be open to others and other cultures. Working in another country, you must realize that you cannot expect to recreate the U.S. environment there.  One should embrace a cultural difference in an exchange for your own.  Amadou also advises when considering other roles, to network with individuals who are in the role or have done the role in the past to get a sense of what the role is about. Be intentional and take ownership to identify if the role is a fit in your development plan and really something you want to do.  
2021-09-06
Speak Up, Speak Out: Atiba Page, Manager Talent Acquisition, Diversity Recruitment
  • Healthy Disruptions
  • Stage 4 Breast Cancer
  • Atiba Page

Speak Up, Speak Out: Atiba Page, Manager Talent Acquisition, Diversity Recruitment

In this month’s episode, we have the pleasure of speaking with Atiba Page, Manager of Talent Acquisition, Diversity Recruitment. Atiba is a magnetic and energetic diversity and inclusion leader that enjoys collaborations with her peers and community leaders to create healthy disruptions. Currently, Atiba is developing and facilitating innovative diversity and inclusion programs across the Bristol Myers Squibb enterprise. 

 

Diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, Atiba delivers a message of the importance of recognizing that even when someone may be going through something detrimental, like cancer, they can still contribute, have energy and desire to impact their community. In Atiba’s case, her community includes new friends and family undergoing cancer therapies where she brings a positive message of hope and not giving up.

2021-08-15
Development DJ: Featuring Gregg Jewett, Senior Director, Development & Commercial Alliances
  • Development
  • Growth Mindset
  • DJ
  • Wake Forest University
  • Temple University
  • Gregg Jewett

Development DJ: Featuring Gregg Jewett, Senior Director, Development & Commercial Alliances

In this month’s episode, we have the pleasure of speaking with Gregg Jewett, Senior Director, Development & Commercial Alliances, and co-lead of Professional Development for BOLD. Greg will be discussing the importance of developing yourself and the next generation of workers, the importance of a growth mindset and how being a disc jockey in college lead him to changing his major to communications, getting him to where he is today.
2021-07-21
Authentic Self: Featuring Kyna Gooden, Executive Director, Hematology and CAR-T WW HEOR
  • Authentic Self
  • Kyna Gooden
  • HBCU
  • Howard University
  • Patients

Authentic Self: Featuring Kyna Gooden, Executive Director, Hematology and CAR-T WW HEOR

In this month’s episode, we have the pleasure of speaking with Kyna Gooden, Executive Director, Hematology and CAR-T Worldwide Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) - US Market. She will be discussing the importance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to the black community, being comfortable in bringing your true self to work and how she turned her passion for helping patients to a great career at BMS.
2021-05-23
No Fear: Featuring Yvette Lincoln, Director, Process and Innovation
  • No Fear
  • Yvette Lincoln
  • Juneteenth

No Fear: Featuring Yvette Lincoln, Director, Process and Innovation

In this month’s episode, we have the pleasure of speaking with Yvette Lincoln, Director of Process and Innovation within the Forecasting and Strategic Planning group of our Business Insights and Analytics (BIA) department. She also sits on the BOLD Leadership team as the Engagement lead as well as the lead for our 2021 companywide Juneteenth celebration. She will be discussing her journey to BMS, the importance of planning our Juneteenth celebration and lastly, the power of overcoming your fears.
2021-05-24
Out of the Box Thinkers: Featuring Shamika Williams, BOLD, Global Lead
  • Outside the Box
  • Shamika Williams

Out of the Box Thinkers: Featuring Shamika Williams, BOLD, Global Lead

This is the first episode of Bristol Myers Squibb’s Black Organization for Leadership and Development (BOLD) podcast series BOLD Innovators. This is an open conversation with BOLD community members and allies throughout BMS that are true leaders in and out of the office who stand with our mission to foster an inclusive environment that values the contributions of Black employees equally with others. In this episode we had the pleasure of speaking with the global lead of BOLD, Shamika Williams. She will be talking about her first job, the importance of family and why a person should be a part of the BOLD family.

 

 

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