On March 25th, the Women in Leadership club had the pleasure to be welcomed at Johnson&Johnson Headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux for a panel discussion on challenges and issues related to gender balance and work/life balance in leadership positions.
The event was well supported by Muriel MALBEZIN, President Medical Affairs Janssen France, who is currently leading an initiative to promote diversity within J&J.She gathered an impressive panel of speakers to share their insight as well as their rich and various personal experiences as managers.
Cyril TITEUX, President Janssen France
Muriel MALBEZIN, Vice-President Medical Affairs Janssen France
Sandra FOURNIER, Haematology Franchise Director Janssen France
Geneviève d’ORSAY, Medical Affairs Director, Johnson&Johnson Medical Device France
Maryline MARQUET, Project Management Officer & Sustainability Leader
Marie-Hélène DOUMET, Project Management Officer
MurielMalbezin started the session with a quick introduction ofJohnson&Johnson,its different core divisions,its corporate value towards diversity and itspolicy set up to promote and ensure diversity and equal opportunities within the organization.
Participants then shared lunch with the speakers in a very casual atmosphere which encouraged lively interaction. The variety of backgrounds, positions and career path provided a unique occasion to discuss and exchange on multiple topics and also to have a better understanding of J&J’s corporate culture and opportunities in terms of career for MBA graduates.
The event has been greatly appreciated. Thanks for the warm welcome by J&J and the time dedicated by speakers to ensure an interaction of quality:
“The is the best track I have ever joined! Thank you all for kindly sharing and your insights about career in health care sector as well as all the work-life balance difficulties you confronted as women in your career. I know there is still a long journey ahead for me, and thinking of this inspiring afternoon, I will never give up working hard when troubles come to me.
Thank you again! Wish you all the best.” (Shu-Chin TSENG)
“Both sexes have the same agonies in their professional life, face the same challenges and have the same expectations. The world is changing becoming aware of the needs of a family to stay healthy, and this thanks to the rise of women in the corporate chain of command. As a man I can only say it was about time to ask for and realize rights I wouldn’t dare to ask and would not be able to see.” (Nikolaos GEORGARAKOS)
“Corporate culture in Janssen was very welcoming to the visitors during the whole visit from the time while we were waiting at the reception until the lunch time. The whole atmosphere was so open that I naturally brought up my ideas without hesitation. During the talks with people from Janssen, I could feel that diversity is already embedded in the whole organization, and they are still very keen on driving this culture as their top priority. My key learning from the day was that we should stay open to the changing world to keep the diversity.” (Jiyeong KIM)
“This was a terrific company visit. Not only was the J&J team very welcoming, but it was open, honest and relaxed. We really had the time and intimacy to get to the real questions. Many thanks!” (Chase BRISBIN)
“It was a very exciting experience for me that I could meet women leaders actively performing in different areas of the company. It was good because I could feel passion which actually could have led them be there after all those difficult realities that they might have gone through because they are women. I really appreciate them sharing their experiences and giving us advices. Thanks to WIL for providing this opportunity.”(Yu-Jeong KO)
Special Thanks to the organizers for putting the event together.
Ankita SAYAL, President
Tommy MERCIER- Director, Gender Diversity
Yi-Fen HS- Director, University Relations