Medtronic pledges to take action against opportunity gap

 January 13, 2021

Medtronic CEO Geoff Martha has joined other CEOs across different companies, states and industries to take action through OneTen and close the “opportunity gap” that prevents millions of Black Americans from having access to economic opportunities, gainful employment, education and training.  

Providing opportunities for advancement 

Collectively, the founding companies have committed to train, hire, and advance one million Black Americans over the next 10 years into family-sustaining skilled jobs with opportunities for advancement.

“We have a strong inclusion, diversity and equity foundation in place, and yet we also know we can do more,” says Dr. Sally Saba, Medtronic Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer.

“We’re leaning into unique new opportunities, in partnership with other leading employers to change the way we all think of talent and to address systemic inequities that continue to persist. We believe these efforts will help reduce barriers to economic stability for Black Americans.”

Requiring a shift in thinking 

The commitment by OneTen companies will require a shift in thinking, explains Sally, such as focusing on a skills-first model. This could mean a departure from the traditional four-year college degree requirements of some jobs, which often create a barrier for many Black and other underrepresented Americans.

Creating a more equitable environment

Gainful employment is an important societal equalizer and a key driver of access to quality healthcare. Companies like Medtronic, Sally continues, have a role to play in supporting a more equitable environment for all community members. While this initiative is starting with Black Americans, the hope is that it will expand over time.  

Growing the effort to other organizations

The founding members of OneTen are optimistic about broadening and growing the effort to other organizations and industries.

“We are excited to be at the forefront of this work,” Sally adds. “We look forward to bringing on even more businesses to help drive more opportunities for economic and career stability in our communities.”

Work for a company that embraces differences

Medtronic works hard to cultivate a workforce that reflects the diversity of its patients and partners.

The company believes it’s the only way to drive healthcare forward and remain a global leader in medical technology and solutions.

Join a diverse team of innovators who bring their worldview, their unique backgrounds, and their individual life experiences to work every day by searching for a job with Medtronic.


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