Racism in the Life Sciences: What Should be the Response? Click Here for Additional Resources
A conversation with Craig DeLarge, Associate Director, eMarketing & Relationship Marketing at Novo Nordisk Inc. and Fard Johnmar, founder of Envision Solutions. A conversation about The Life Science Profiles of Color (LSPOC) project and blog, which highlights the vast achievements and contribution of people of color in the life sciences industries.
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Companies as diverse as Eli Lilly and Company, Johnson and Johnson, MedTronics, Genzyme, Genentech and Pfizer have long made it a priority to hire a diverse array of people to run their businesses. These efforts are admirable, but have not been universally successful. While the ranks of diverse employees have swelled at these companies, some wonder whether it is wise to institute and pursue hiring policies where racial/ethnic background is a major consideration.
What’s often lost in this debate is a true picture of who these individuals are and what prepared them to assume positions of power and responsibility in the Life Sciences industry. The “Life Sciences Profiles of Color” blog aims partially to fill this gap by:
- Highlighting the achievements and contributions of people of color in the Life Sciences industry, and
- Encouraging and inspiring young professionals and students who are considering a career in the Life Sciences industry.
In a 20 year marketing & management career, DeLarge has worked in marketing research, promotions & media management, business development, brand management, knowledge management and eMarketing management roles for Johnson & Johnson, Communications Media, Inc., a start up media consultancy, GlaxoSmithKline and Novo Nordisk.
DeLarge is also a life & career coach helping clients with career strategy, personal planning, network strategy, and talents & strengths inventorying.
Fard Johnmar, M.A., founder of Envision Solutions, has extensive experience in the healthcare marketing communications arena. He has developed and implemented programs for numerous major global and domestic pharmaceutical companies, nonprofits, medical associations and government organizations.
Pfizer Inc., Eli Lilly and Company, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Novartis Pharmaceuticals and the International Society on Hypertension in Blacks are just a few of the organizations he has completed engagements with.
Some Questions/Topics Discussed
- Is there racism in the pharma and life sciences industries?
- How did the idea for LSPOC come about?
- What are the goals of the LSPOC project/blog?
- How can people help?
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