Diversity and Inclusion Explored in Animal Health WILMAH Panel at AVDA
“What specific actions do you take as a leader to create and sustain an inclusive culture within your team/company?”
This is just one of the many questions asked during a frank and inspiring panel discussion hosted by Women in Leadership and Management in Animal Health (WILMAH). The panel – presented on May 6, 2018 in conjunction with the 2018 American Veterinary Distributors Association (AVDA) Conference – featured leading representatives from manufacturers and distributors, including:
- Renee Hall, Head of Commercial Excellence, BI
- Mary Pat Thompson, Vice President of Financial Affairs, MWI
- Margan Mulvaney, Executive Director of Human Resources, Merck
- Doug Jones, President of Companion Animal, Patterson
- Moderator: Julie Lawless, Sr. Director, Corporate Affairs, Elanco
The mission of the discussion? To build awareness about diversity and its value in the animal health industry and beyond.
When it comes to advice on advocating for diversity in your own culture, the panelists shared a wide range of ideas. These included:
When asked about challenges as an advocate, panel members noted that initial enthusiasm for an initiative can wane as time goes by. It can be difficult to have discussions with team members who aren’t as open, and it’s sometimes easy to get distracted from the mission.