With an M.D., two Ph.D.s, a Master’s degree and an Executive M.B.A., Ferri clearly values education. Raised among doctors, it’s no surprise that she too went into medicine and is a trained endocrinologist and internist. What is surprising is that she recently shifted her focus away from medicine to work as the full-time leader for Bristol Myers Squibb’s Organization for Latino Achievement (OLA).
OLA is one of eight company People and Business Resource Groups (PBRG). Employees join PBRGs to come together around a single dimension of diversity to help drive business results and increase cultural awareness. There are more than 12,000 employees in 45 countries involved in PBRGs.
Bristol Myers Squibb’s saw the significance of the PBRGs’ ability to drive business initiatives and implemented an industry groundbreaking model this year. There is now a dedicated, full-time leader accountable for the strategy and performance of each PBRG. Leticia was one of the first employees to step into the full-time PBRG positions as lead of OLA.
So, how does a highly skilled physician, who’s been working in the Global and U.S. Medical departments for nearly a decade, become the lead for OLA? Ferri’s commitment to the Latino community and her desire to tackle new challenges are just two of the reasons that prove she’s more than qualified for the position.