Celeste Warren, Vice President Human Resources Manufacturing Division & Global Diversity
and Inclusion Center of Excellence at Merck & Co.
See Celeste on the 2016 WOTY Red Carpet
Many diversity programs within companies are viewed as initiatives that are outside of the key business and performance of the organization. They are characterized as “nice people driven” initiatives that are good for making women and persons of color feel valued within their working group and team. Organizational leaders need to understand that diversity and inclusion, when harnessed and integrated with the business, produces maximum financial impact. But it has to be managed and integrated into the way that the business operates rather than being seen as an optional “bolt-on” after thought. The benefits of integrating diversity to raise the bottom line are many: increased market penetration, more satisfied customers and patients, access to a wider patient and customer base and access to new ideas on business improvements and keys to success in global markets. At the intersection of business performance and diversity and inclusion, you will find your competitive advantage.
Key session learnings:
▪ How to create and leverage your diversity strategy to drive business outcomes that add
value to the company’s performance
▪ How to gain buy in from key stakeholders to ensure alignment