“We have a broad approach to supporting STEM education,” Bristol-Myers Squibb Chairman and CEO Giovanni Caforio said at a recent STEM event at the company’s Princeton Pike, N.J. campus. “I’m really pleased that the support we give to students comes from our Community Giving Program as well as hundreds of employee volunteer hours throughout the year.”
Through the Community Giving Program, the company provides financial support to improving STEM education in schools and community organizations where our sites are located. Coupled with the financial support are employees volunteer efforts with initiatives they are passionate about, both personally and professionally. To help guarantee all of this work is supported and coordinated, members of the company’s eight People and Business Resource Groups (PBRGs) and Community Affairs created a new STEM council to strengthen the way the company approaches such initiatives.
During the STEM event, Caforio acknowledged the breadth of STEM programs that the entire company supports and helped to introduce the new STEM Council. Students from local schools, including grade school through college, were invited to the event to participate in panels and show their work.
“It’s incredible to see not only our PBRGs involved, but employees throughout our entire company committed to this,” Caforio said.
A Common Goal
While Bristol-Myers Squibb employees have been all in when it comes to volunteering their time to mentor students, until now many of the events were done through grass-roots initiatives and not centralized.
The STEM Council aims to change that.
Through the Bristol-Myers Squibb Network of Women (B-NOW) PBRG, Vani Kodandaram and Patty McDonnell, started their work together six years ago and most recently expanded their vision to collaborate to colleagues from various functions across the entire company to form the first global STEM Council.