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Inclusion, diversity & equity

Inclusion, diversity, and equity propel innovation

I,D&E at Medtronic fuels new thinking, more creativity, and better decision-making.

A company's success is determined by its people. Creating a culture where everyone feels welcome is a start, but our goal — a true sense of belonging — is much more profound. When our people feel like they are accepted, safe, and valued, they contribute more fully and with more passion and ownership. Innovation comes from freely sharing and discussing new approaches and different perspectives. Our culture of belonging empowers employees to bring their full selves and ideas to the table.

Our commitment to inclusion, diversity, and equity at Medtronic means zero barriers to opportunity and a future where all employees belong, are respected, and feel valued for who they are and for the life experiences they contribute. We can achieve even more impact improving health in global communities through the power of our diverse, inclusive, and equitable work environment.”

 
–Dr. Sally Saba, Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer, Medtronic

Turning a passion project into more diverse leadership

A woman is presenting to a classroom of people

A LIFT cohort connects during a presentation as part of the nine-month program to build emerging mid-career diverse talent into strong business leaders.

In 2016, Nnamdi Njoku and leaders of the African Descent Network (ADN) wanted to supercharge the potential of rising black leaders. They had an idea to focus on the development of diverse talent. Supported by peers and championed by executives, they created the Leadership Inclusion from Mentorship Toward Sponsorship (LIFT) Program.

Through coaching, classes, and a capstone business-case project, the nine-month program builds emerging mid-career talent into strong business leaders. LIFT’s sought-after talent pipeline inspired the Hispanic Latino Network, Asian Impact@Medtronic Network, and Medtronic Women’s Network to create their own LIFT cohorts. Now, we’re looking to extend this successful inclusion, diversity, and equity program even further across our company.

The company’s support for our new idea has allowed us to scale a great program across Medtronic — one that I hope and believe will live on well beyond any of us.”

 
–Nnamdi Njoku, Chair of the African Descent Network and Operating Unit President, Mechanical Circulatory Support, Medtronic
Maribel Baker and her family at the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure

Maribel Baker and her family at the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure. Photo courtesy of Kim D. West Photography.

Using personal experience to address health disparities

Growing up in Panama, doctors advised Maribel Baker that she only had one treatment option for her leg infection: amputation. She and her family didn’t take that advice; rather, they kept asking questions and advocating for other options — all the way to the Medical Board of Panama. The country didn’t have the level of care needed to effectively treat Maribel but, through a grant, referred her to a practice in the United States to receive treatment. Now, Maribel’s life purpose is to address health disparities and gaps in care through inclusion, diversity, and equity efforts.

Empowered by our inclusive culture of belonging and her peers in the Hispanic Latino Network, Maribel went straight to the leaders of the diabetes business to find new ways for Medtronic to address health disparities. Maribel’s personal experience battling healthcare disparities led to the creation of a new role at Medtronic: overseeing diabetes health equity programs and developing new strategies to bring access to our therapies to underserved groups.

The team that Maribel leads finds new ways to dismantle healthcare disparities for underserved U.S. patients with diabetes through education, anti-bias training, and outreach. From joining the Health Equity Now initiative with the American Diabetes Association to our partnership with the T1D Exchange, our employees are driving positive change and amplifying our impact by working with others.

Read more about our broader efforts to reduce health disparities.

I’m at Medtronic because I think it is critical for people to be empowered to advocate for themselves — and people can’t advocate for themselves if they don’t have good information.”

 

–Maribel Baker, Director of Health Equity Programs, Diabetes, Medtronic

Maribel Baker headshot

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