Johnson & Joohnson of Ciudad Juarez celebrated gender and even of women and other social groups equity with conferences.  The speakers of the event were the political scientist Dennise Dresser and Luly Castellanos de Samper, regional vice-president de Ethicon for Medical Devices in Latin America of Johnson & Johnson.  Conferences were framed though the initiative of Women’s Leadership and Inclusion (WL&I) which Johnson & Johnson promotes worldwide on its campus.

Inclusive Leadership was the topic of this event, through which was sought to promote the diversity in decisions about strategies to carry on equity and inclusion.  This implied including different voices in decision making.  “We want to be enriched from different points of view, not only from women and men, but from all kind of diversity,” said Izza Rodriguez Gallardo, manager of new products and leader from the initiative Women’s Leadership and Inclusion.

She also shared that these events seek to empower women.  “We would like that through this platform more women starting their careers can be enriched and benefit.  They do not have to sacrifice their personal life.  Companies as Johnson & Johnson give us the opportunity to balance and continue growing without having to make that sacrifice,” she explained.

The strategy this company follows to held this empowerment are particular polices, such as work from home and maternity, this last one with several supports for newborn mothers.  This connection with the child is more directly than with the father; however, this policy also applies for the father,” she noted.

Meanwhile, Victor Baylon, plant manager at Ethicon Wound Closure & Repair and leader of the talent strategy from Campus Juarez, said that the WL&I program is part of several programs Johnson & Johnson has.  The manager considers that the fundamental strategy followed by the company is equity in labor conditions, which implies providing all employees – not only women – with challenges, training courses and education, among others.

An aspect Baylon underlined was that more than 50 % of the leadership teams at the company are currently women, figure that five years ago was different.  “It is important to have a diverse workforce, to include different ways of thinking, with the clear objective of taking the best business decisions, always intended to the plant’s growth,” explained.

On the other, Maricarmen Ventura, plant manager and leader of Diversity and Inclusion for campus Juarez, said that the initiative has impacted in organization in Ciudad Juarez.  “At J&J we started strong five years ago, I can say that 10 years ago we started to push harder and to support women on lead.  In that we had been pioneers.  I see other companies are barely starting with that, a company with this kind of initiatives or programs is seen as a company transforming and a pioneer company and that helps in bringing the best talent, she ended.

Denise Dresser, advocating for woman

In her conference, Denise Dresser talked about the need of women inclusion in different sectors of life in Mexico.  Exemplifying and pointing out the difficulties that women have faced to get ahead, Dresser highlighted the fundamental role females play in the society.  “If a country consistently ignores or underestimates 50 % of its population, it will never achieve modernizing,” she said.

Dresser held that to achieve this equity it is important that men understand their role in the current situation of the Mexican women.

“Historically, the world has tried to shore up men and shrink women; today it is about raise our children to have exactly the same size,” she noted.

Finally, the political scientist highlighted the importance of education to achieve more equity.  “A woman, a teacher, a book and a pen can change the world,” she shared.

Luly Castellanos de Samper, Inclusive Leadership

As regional Vice-president of Ethicon for Latin America in Medical Devices from Johnson & Johnson, inclusive leadership has implied a long personal path of professional and personal challenges.  Born in Caracas from Cuban parents and raised in Brazil and the United States, Luly know what diversity is since she was a child.  At her home Portuguese, English and Spanish was spoken, therefore she has always have clear the importance of having different perspectives living in only was place.

For Luly, one of the main obstacles she has drawn is to balance her personal and professional life, mainly when she decided to study an MBA in the United States, being a mother for three children, with a job promotion inside Johnson & Johnson.  One of the lessons she learned of this experience was that in order to continue is to have strong individual values.  “I had the courage to be strong with my values,” she said.

Luly has taken the learned lessons to her leadership position in an inclusion strategy for Johnson & Johnson Latin America.  In her leadership team are gender, ages and sexual orientation diversity, with different personalities that make the group be balanced.  “It is untypical, because one trends to seek people like one when forming teams.  Knowing how teams people and seek that diversity is very important in order to generate better decisions, ideas and discussions,” she explained.

Finally, for Luly inclusive leadership is not confined in the business world, as it has farthest scopes.  “I am convinced that an inclusive leadership is something that not only achieves better business results, but it makes us creating a more pleasant, more tolerant and better world for all,” she ended.

It is important to highlight that Women’s Leadership is an initiative that Johnson & Johnson promotes for more than 25 years.  Its approach is to make grow, nurture and promote innovative leader women while they transform the care of health today and in the future.