Anne-Marie Sotire, Head of Human Resources, R&D, enjoying downtime with her daughter.

Anne-Marie Sotire, Head of Human Resources, R&D, enjoying downtime with her daughter.

Embracing Gender Diversity

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Network of Women regularly shares the secrets of leaders who maintain fulfilling professional and personal lives

May 11, 2018

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he mission of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Network of Women (B-NOW) is to drive business performance at Bristol-Myers Squibb embracing gender diversity.

Through regular events and activities, B-NOW is working to ensure that women are recruited, retained, advanced and developed globally at Bristol-Myers Squibb while creating a workplace that is powerfully diverse and globally inclusive. B-NOW, which boasts more than 4,000 members, is one of several People and Business Resource Groups (PBRGs) within Bristol-Myers Squibb that employees can join.

One of the benefits of joining B-NOW is hearing about how leaders achieved their positions while maintaining their personal lives. In a series of regularly scheduled lunches, a small group of members are invited to hear a leader’s story and ask questions.

Finding balance between personal and professional successes are individual. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach. Finding the appropriate success is a journey that requires long-term investment. — Johanna Mercier, Head of U.S. Commercial

Having access to a senior leader in these small-group discussions allows for candid conversations. It also invites sharing across the group on how both leaders and members have handled finding balance between work and their personal lives. As a follow-up to the lunches, the B-NOW team shares highlights from the discussion with members through social media as well as internal newsletters and websites. The featured insights allow a larger group to benefit from the conversations.

Finding the time to give 100% effort at work and at home is a big challenge. It takes thoughtful dedication at work and collaboration at home to find the right balance. — Simona King, Head of Finance, Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis
Please visit Global Diversity & Inclusion to learn more about PBRGs at Bristol-Myers Squibb