Dec 2, 2022
Leadership in gender diversity and career equity earn BD Silver Professional Mission Award from Society of Women Engineers

At BD, representation matters. We recognize that diverse people and perspectives fuel new innovations; unearth unlimited possibilities; and advance the technologies that allow us to achieve our Purpose.

The value we place on ensuring that our organization reflects the people and patient communities we serve, allows us to see the potential in the brightest minds and open doors of opportunity for female leaders across all spectrums of their career – the women who will help us reinvent the future of healthcare and further extend our MedTech leadership.

To that end, the BD Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) Associate Resource Group (ARG) and WIN+STEM, a sub-group of WIN, focuses on empowering, elevating and promoting equality for females in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) – traditionally male-dominated disciplines. This work is supported by partnering with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), a non-profit organization committed to honoring and promoting the contributions of women at all stages of their careers.

BD Strongly Represents at WE22

As we continue establishing BD as the employer of choice for women to work and fulfill their career goals, BD had strong representation at the WE22 conference, with a team of over 25 leaders and associates from a broad range of functions and business units. Throughout the event and at the BD Career Fair booth, attendees and prospective talent had the opportunity to:

  • Engage with the BD team to learn more about the company, culture and career opportunities; even spending time with Dr. Joe Smith, Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, as he shared his vision for driving the BD Science and Technology Innovation strategy and how female associates play an impactful role in realizing that vision.
  • Participate in sessions focused on Becoming an Innovator: Capturing and Communicating Your Ideas Effectively, led by Christine Kearney Hawkins, Senior Staff R&D Engineer and Behind Closed Doors: How to Get Selected for Management Roles, with Lisa Boyle, Vice President Global Clinical Affairs, Medical Affairs Strategy and WIN Executive Sponsor.

At the conference awards reception, BD’s WIN+STEM received its fourth consecutive SWE Professional Mission award for demonstrated leadership and dedication to continuous improvement and growth, professional excellence, advocacy, and diversity and inclusion.

Key efforts that helped secure this prestigious award were focused in the areas of globalization and outreach:


Expanding the reach, impact and opportunities for women engineers and technologists across the globe, is critically important to creating inclusive workplaces.

  • As a SWE partner, WIN+STEM is integrated globally and includes leaders from North America, Europe and Asia who work together to develop content, events and policies that empower women in STEM. ​This year, WIN+STEM leaders and more than 50 global chapters provided SWE memberships to hundreds of BD associates around the world and became a SWE Global Champion and co-founding member of the European Corporate Council. These collective efforts increased WIN+STEM membership and furthered BD’s trajectory toward a gender-equitable workplace and world.


It’s never too early to begin shaping the minds and exposing the next generation of female innovators to the transformative products and solutions that help BD advance health equity and the world of health – and that outreach takes place inside the homes of BD associates and outside in the communities where we live and work.

Over the past year, WIN+STEM global chapters hosted more than 15 outreach events. Some highlights include:

  • A virtual “Take Your Child to Work Day” providing children of BD associates with work kits, including an age-appropriate career book and activity, allowing children to obtain real-world insights into their parents’ careers and the work they do every day.
  • Volunteering with Girls Who Code for 6 - 8th grade students, aiding the girls in developing adventure games using a block-based visual programming language called Scratch. 
  • Partnering with a local high school to create and donate busy boards - wooden boards with locks, hooks, and other fasteners that assists kindergarten students with the development of their motor, physical, and cognitive skills.

Advancing the World of Health

At BD, we’re driven by our values and committed to building a culture where female talent is accepted, appreciated and fully enabled to advance their careers and thrive. The WIN ARG and our strategic partnership with the Society of Women Engineers strengthens our pipeline for diverse talent and promotes our efforts in advancing the world of health™. Learn more about the 2022 BD Patent Award Winners from Society of Women Engineers.


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