Catalyst Award for Medtronics Igniting Women to Lead initiative

Catalyst Award for Medtronic's Igniting Women to Lead initiative

 March 25, 2020

Did you know that Medtronic is a Catalyst Award winner thanks to the company's progressive Igniting Women to Lead initiative?

The Igniting Women to Lead initiative — which came about after Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak refocused the Medtronic Women's Network (MWN) — is successfully creating an inclusive workplace where employees thrive while fulfilling the company mission of alleviating pain, restoring health, and extending life.

MWN is run by employee volunteers, with members gaining leadership and functional experience to advance their careers and drive holistic change. 

Watch Omar Ishrak discuss the Catalyst Award:

A rigorous assessment process

The Catalyst Award selection process includes a rigorous examination of candidates’ efforts as well as intensive onsite evaluations of programs. Winning initiatives must show proven, measurable results that benefit women across a range of demographics, such as ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, and age. 

Through Igniting Women to Lead and further company initiatives, Medtronic is helping to:

  • Close the gender pay equity gap – Globally, women at Medtronic are paid 99% of what men are paid, and 100% in several countries, including the United States
  • Promote women into leadership positions – Women represent 50% of the global workforce at Medtronic. 38% of global leadership positions are held by women
  • Increase efforts to attract and retain women in science and technology roles – Medtronic women hold about 25% of senior manager level roles or above in research and development. For all technical roles, female representation is 29%

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Medtronic is committed to forging an inclusive workforce where women are able to thrive.

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