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3 Ways BMS is Building a More Diverse and Inclusive Workforce

December 10, 2021
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Bristol Myers Squibb is a collaborative workforce made up of passionate individuals with diverse experiences, perspectives and personal backgrounds. Our inclusive culture encourages everyone to pursue innovative ideas, develop leadership capabilities, and solve the toughest challenges. Our employees have found that the work they do here not only transforms patients’ lives but also their own. To learn more about the ways we are building diverse teams and a more inclusive culture, read our articles below.

Encouraging recruitment of diverse talent in the biopharma industry

When BMS’ Vice President of Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics Tunde Bello started his career in drug development, he was often the only person of color in the room. Today, he notes BMS’ commitment to diversity is unwavering, but we still have work to do. “If we continue to recruit diverse talent so that our workforce reflects the diversity of the people who take our medicines, then we can make more informed decisions on which therapeutic areas and conditions to research,” Tunde said.

Read about Tunde’s insights on diversity and recruitment.

Bristol Myers Squibb scholarships support the next generation of young Black leaders

As part of our company’s commitment to Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs), BMS partnered with the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) to award scholarships to 10 students planning to pursue a career in business or STEM.

Global Diversity & Inclusion and External Engagement Lead, CeLois Steele said, “I am proud that BMS acknowledges the value of HBCUs and has invested in building a pipeline for sourcing some of the best and brightest African American talent.”

Discover more about BMS’ commitment to investing in young black leaders of the future.

Encouraging the next generation of female scientists

Women fill about half of all US jobs but hold just 24 percent of jobs in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, according to a recent Census Bureau American Community Survey. The biopharmaceutical and broader life-sciences industry have made steady gains in the representation of women, but more effort is needed.

“STEM is where the future is heading. It’s important we cultivate and encourage more women and girls to enter STEM careers and support them all the way from the lab to the leadership team,” said Patty McDonnell, who helps lead a STEM Council that guides the company’s outreach initiatives. “It’s in their interest and it’s in society’s interest.”

At Bristol Myers Squibb, having a diverse, inclusive workforce is an important competitive advantage. Our company cultivates and supports female employees and executives through targeted development, coaching, mentoring and sponsorship programs.

Read more about the ways BMS is helping women find life-changing careers in STEM fields.

Explore career opportunities at BMS and bring your unique talents and diverse perspectives to our mission. Here career development and leadership support await you. From scientific research and marketing to finance and analytics you can make a positive impact here. Find your next opportunity at careers.bms.com/jobs.