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–Lorraine Hariton, Catalyst CEO
Our CEO, Geoff Martha, signed a pledge to be a Catalyst Champion for Change dedicated to advancing more women — and especially women of color — into all levels of leadership, because “progress for women is progress for everyone.”
We received a Catalyst Award in 2020, one of only three recipients. The Award recognizes how we elevate and celebrate women in STEM and highlights our efforts to build an inclusive workplace that truly works for women.
In 2020, we reached 100% gender pay equity in the United States and several other countries — and 99% gender pay equity globally. We won’t stop until we're at 100% everywhere.
Herinaina Rabarimanantsoa, a Medtronic Principal R & D Engineer, worked with a small, diverse team of engineers to develop a new device. Rabarimanantsoa quickly saw just how important diversity was in product design. “We designed a medical device that involved a hub that needed to be held and turned. One of my male colleagues thought the design was fine, but I have smaller hands. When I tried to turn the hub, it was incredibly difficult. So, we redesigned it to work for both smaller and larger hands.”
Like so many others, this story reminds us that we wouldn’t be where we are today without women. As our company evolves, so do our gender-equity efforts. From inclusive product design to developing world-changing innovations, women in science offer invaluable insight and perspective every day.
We believe that what you measure, you meet. We have clear goals for things like pay equity and diverse representation and are transparent about our progress. From women representing 50% of our global workforce to representing 40% of management, we exceed medical technology industry averages across the board.
Medtronic Women’s Network (MWN) is our largest Diversity Network, with 19,000-plus members and 120-plus hubs around the world. MWN offers employees a full suite of professional development, networking, and mentoring programs. Since 2015, the network has seen a 585% increase in membership, including the addition of many male allies.
Due in part to transitioning MWN events in 2020 to a virtual format, regional MWN hubs around the world are finding even more opportunities to learn from and support each other. As MWN continues to grow, the passion and rigor of members elevate our approach to attracting, developing, and celebrating women in science.
Attendees at the annual Medtronic Women’s Network signature event
Chris Lee, SVP and President of Medtronic APAC, and Medtronic Korea employees take a commemorative photograph with the MWN Family-Friendly certificate.
Returning to work after a significant break in your professional career can be difficult — worsened by the fact that hiring managers are three times less likely to consider a resume with a gap of more than three years.2 In response, we developed Careers 2.0 — a six-month, paid returnship program that gives participants the opportunity to refresh their technical skills at their own pace while networking with a market leader in healthcare.
After a successful engineering career lasting more than 10 years, Wendyann Jaeck wanted a more flexible schedule so she quit her full-time job and volunteered as an educational science grant facilitator; started her own STEM education business; and became program manager of a virtual, international math league. When Jaeck wanted to return, Careers 2.0 was there. She very much enjoys her work for Medtronic.
Jessica Weber, a Senior Continuous Improvement Engineer at Medtronic, attended the Career Fair at the Annual Society of Women Engineers Conference in 2018 in Minneapolis.
Born out of MWN, our Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) initiative focuses on advancing women in engineering and science roles. From building career development toolkits to getting involved with local STEM communities, WISE works to foster an inclusive work environment for women in a field that continues to be predominantly male.
Through outreach programs, WISE helps young women overcome career hurdles such as a lack of role models or biased gatekeepers. Events at middle schools and high schools also give rise to new, creative opportunities to show young women of color what a STEM career could look like.
To bring more women into engineering and scientific roles, we offer competitive college and high-school internships. In 2020, we hired our most diverse group of interns in the company’s history — globally, 61% were women. Many participants go on to become full-time employees, where new-hire programs help them grow and connect to opportunities.
–Eleni, Medtronic Intern, University of Colorado-Boulder
Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development has made increasing women’s representation in STEM a top priority. In 2018, Medtronic Saudi developed the Saudi Young Talent program, aimed at attracting high-achieving recent graduates — especially women in science and engineering — to internships in technical, commercial, and sales roles at Medtronic. In 2020, 72% of interns were women; more than half of those women became full-time employees.
–Bre Jacobs, Senior Research Program Manager, Medtronic
Bre Jacobs, a Senior Research Program Manager at Medtronic
Bre Jacobs commits to being the example that could have made a difference in her life earlier, as she worked tirelessly to get her seat at the table and always welcomed others. Jacobs has been awarded 15 U.S. patents and successfully leads award-winning, cross-functional teams to new discoveries. Beyond her day-to-day work, she participates in groups that include the African Descent Network, Black Engineers at Medtronic (BE@M), and MWN and constantly uses her scientific expertise and empathy to encourage other women.
Expertise and perspective from women in science roles like Jacobs keep us competitive as a company and improve health for more patients in our global communities. We know that the work toward equity is incomplete and that women continue to face unique challenges. But the more inclusion, diversity, and equity we can foster and the more we can celebrate women in STEM, the greater our impact becomes.