Medtronics commitment to ID&E empowers employees

Medtronic's commitment to ID&E empowers employees

 July 01, 2021

Creating a company culture where everyone feels welcome is a start, but Medtronic's goal is much more profound. The company seeks to foster a true sense of belonging. When Medtronic's people feel like they are accepted, safe, and valued, they contribute more fully and with more heart in the game.

Innovation comes from free sharing and ideating over new approaches and different perspectives. At Medtronic, this culture of belonging empowers employees to bring their full selves and ideas to the table.

“Our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (I, D & E) at Medtronic means zero barriers to opportunity and a future where all employees belong, are respected, and feel valued for who they are and for the life experiences that they contribute. We can achieve even more impact improving health in global communities through the power of our diverse, inclusive, and equitable work environment," says Dr. Sally Saba, Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer at Medtronic.

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Through Maribel Baker's story, find out how Medtronic's commitment to ID&E empowers employees and fuels innovation.

Addressing health disparities and gaps in care

Growing up in Panama, doctors told Maribel Baker that there was only one drastic treatment for her leg infection: amputation. She and her family didn’t take that advice; rather, they kept asking questions and advocating for other options — all the way to the Medical Board of Panama. The country didn’t have the level of care required to effectively treat Maribel but, through a grant, referred her to a practice in the United States to receive treatment.

Now, it’s Maribel’s life purpose to address health disparities and gaps in care through inclusion, diversity, and equity efforts.

Bringing her personal experience to career success

Empowered by Medtronic's inclusive culture of belonging and her peers in the Hispanic Latino Network, Maribel Baker went straight to the leaders of the diabetes business to find new ways for Medtronic to address health disparities. Maribel’s personal experience battling healthcare disparities led to the creation of a new role at Medtronic: overseeing diabetes health equity programs and developing new strategies to bring access to Medtronic therapies to underserved groups.

The team that Maribel leads finds new ways to dismantle healthcare disparities for U.S. diabetes patients through education, anti-bias training, and outreach to underserved groups. From joining the Health Equity Now initiative with the American Diabetes Association to our partnership with the T1D Exchange, Medtronic employees are driving positive change and amplifying the company\s impact through working with others.

“I’m at Medtronic, because I think it is critical for people to be empowered to advocate for themselves — and people can’t advocate for themselves if they don’t have good information," says Maribel. 

Work for an inclusive company

A culture of belonging encourages speaking up with a different perspective or new creative ideas. Medtronic's culture of belonging reminds employees to stop worrying about fitting in and to embrace standing out.

Medtronic understands that only when employees feel free to be themselves can the company harness the true power of its diversity and direct it to what matters most: living up to its true potential and to the advancement of its Mission.

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