Oct 5, 2023
BD earns three Professional Awards from the Society of Women Engineers

Diverse representation has long been a core value of BD. We believe that having associates of all genders, backgrounds, skills, and perspectives drive infinite possibilities to advancing the world of health™. BD recognizes this as a strength and is committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive environment within our organization and externally throughout the engineering community.

To that end, the BD Women’s Initiative Network Associate Resource Group (WIN ARG) and WIN+STEM, a sub-group of WIN, focuses on empowering, elevating and advancing equity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). BD partners globally with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), a non-profit organization, to celebrate and promote the contributions of women in STEM at all stages of their careers.

We are honored that our ongoing efforts to foster an inclusive culture where all associates can thrive has earned BD a Gold Professional Mission award – an improvement from last year’s silver award. This is the fifth consecutive SWE Professional Mission award that BD has earned.

The Gold Professional Mission award recognizes SWE groups that embody SWE’s core values and demonstrate continuous improvement and growth as they work to achieve the Society’s strategic goals of advocacy and collaboration, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, global community and growth.

Key efforts that helped earn this prestigious award were focused in the areas of policy improvements, mentoring, outreach, membership growth and policy enhancement.


WIN+STEM partners closely with the BD Global Mentoring Advisory Council to lead and support global mentoring programs across North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. This year, WIN+STEM focused on developing and mentoring STEM associates in India through two distinct program offerings: WIN+STEM Student Mentoring, pairing university students with WIN+STEM members to develop capabilities and accelerate their personal and professional growth; and a STEM initiative, pairing India and U.S.-based associates together to create global connections and gain exposure to career opportunities.

Outreach and Membership

BD was also recognized with SWE’s Best Practice Outreach Award for spearheading the “BD STEM Centrifuge Day” in Plymouth, UK, led by Melody Fisher, a training and development leader at BD. Local students had the opportunity to learn about STEM careers through hands-on experiments. BD also earned the Resource Promotion Award for programs and initiatives to expand SWE resources and membership to the company’s global WIN+STEM chapters and members. Efforts included launching a global session focused on “Leveraging your SWE Membership” led by Abigail Lukas, engineer - Manufacturing Development Program at BD.

Policy Enhancements 

WIN, in partnership with the Total Rewards and Global Travel and Expense teams, led efforts to enhance BD’s U.S. Travel and Expense Policy to cover the expenses related to shipping breast milk when associates are on business travel. This is another opportunity for BD to provide care, support and alleviate some of the stress and burden caregivers face when traveling.

Each of these achievements will be recognized at WE23, the world’s largest conference for women engineers and technologists, taking place October 26-28. If you are attending WE23, we encourage you to join several BD associates who will lead sessions and be featured on panel discussions focused on innovation and being an influenceHER; health and well-being; the power and courage of speaking up; human factors engineering and diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging; and engineering’s impact on women’s health.

BD is incredibly proud to be a part of the SWE Annual Conference and of our contributions to the collective efforts in promoting inclusion and diverse representation of all genders, experiences, and backgrounds, including those who are underrepresented, in STEM.

Learn more about BD’s inclusion, diversity and equity strategy and commitments and check out the careers we have available.


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