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Inclusion, Diversity & Equity
Diversity Networks & ERGs
Hispanic Latino Network colleagues from across the United States gathered in Minneapolis for the annual Efficacy Training Program in 2019.
Diversity Networks give employees from underrepresented populations a voice and pave a path toward advocacy, exposure, development, and change empowerment. Our CEO and a sponsor from our Executive Committee select a chairperson(s) to oversee each Network. This approach ensures a visible and vocal presence at the top of the organisation for our Networks and employee resource groups (ERGs).
ERGs represent both local hubs of our Networks and additional shared-identity groups at Medtronic. With more than 26,000 members across 70 countries, these grassroots, employee-led groups help recruit diverse talent and foster belonging within their particular community. Each group works with allies and partners to advance inclusion, diversity, and equity efforts.
A sampling of ERGs that are empowering change across the company include:
A panel discussion on diversity and representation in the media at the 2018 AIM Signature Event in Los Angeles, California
Our five Diversity Networks — African Descent Network (ADN), Asian Impact@Medtronic (AIM) Network, Hispanic Latino Network (HLN), Medtronic Women’s Network (MWN), and PRIDE Network — create opportunities for shared identity groups and allies to empower change. Take Martha Ha.
When Martha was invited to join the AIM, she had just started with Medtronic and was unsure if her participation would have any meaningful impact. What were AIM’s vision and strategic priorities? How did the membership view AIM? As she became more involved and was selected to co-chair AIM, Martha began to understand the AIM Network’s true capabilities. She realised she had an opportunity to mentor and advocate for inclusion and diversity.
Diversity Networks and ERGs continue to expand. Not only are they growing, they’re becoming even more inclusive by sharing best practices with one another; collaborating to advance a common goal of equity; and elevating our overall focus on inclusion, diversity, and equity.
Attendees at the annual Medtronic Women’s Network signature event
Every year, new local ERGs emerge, and more allies join Diversity Networks, building a deeper, wider understanding and empowering change in our communities. In just five years, the Medtronic Women’s Network has grown five times its original size, with members joining from around the world. Our Diversity Networks are always looking for more intentional opportunities to increase allyship and intersectionality.
Our Diversity Networks are open to all employees. Allies join our Networks and play a critical role:
Race, ethnicity, and gender are inextricably linked. Each of us can identify with multiple groups at once. We celebrate these intersections and make sure our employees don’t feel the pressure to “choose” one of their identities over another.
Joining Diversity Networks and ERGs is an opportunity to network with peers, managers, and other divisions of the company. From VPs to new hires, manufacturing to HR, members are given a unique (and influential) audience to build and execute cross-functional teams and projects.
The LIFT program, concepted and piloted by the African Descent Network (ADN), selects high-potential Black talent for a comprehensive sponsorship program, creating a sought-after pipeline of talent.
The first ADN LIFT cohort gathered in 2017. The program was so successful that other Diversity Networks have developed similar programs
Through coaching, classes, and a capstone business-case project, the nine-month program builds emerging mid-career talent into strong business leaders. Because the model was so successful, the Hispanic Latino Network (HLN) implemented the program for its members; 25% of the people in the first HLN LIFT cohort got a promotion or development opportunity while in the program. Our recent Asian Impact@Medtronic Network (AIM) and Women in Sales cohorts are on track to see similar success.
Diversity Networks and ERGs are expanding efforts to show solidarity, support diverse communities, and empower change — even beyond Medtronic.
When leaders and employees bring their authentic selves to work, and we learn from each other’s different perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences, we help accelerate the delivery of our Mission, both locally and globally. Diversity Networks and ERGs supercharge that effort.
No matter a person’s background, each group is empowering change and presenting opportunities to learn, reflect, and act. In this culture of belonging, employees come together as mentors, advocates, and allies to drive our company and our communities toward a more equitable future. Working as one, we are stronger together.