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Career Advice: Jennifer Meinen – Turning Setbacks into Opportunities

In this week’s installment of our Career Advice video series, Linda Bell, Head of Content at Fair360, spoke with Jennifer Meinen, Director of Global Product Development at Abbott (No. 9 on the Fair360 2023 Top 50 Companies for Diversity list). Meinen shared how she turned setbacks into opportunities, dealt with shifting priorities in the workplace and developed her personal brand.

2023 Top 50 Companies For Diversity


Rank 9

Under the leadership of Chairman and CEO Robert Ford and Divisional VP of Diversity and Inclusion Sean Palacio, Abbott maintained its position among the Top 10 companies yet again this year.

Robert B. Ford, Chairman and CEO of Abbott.
Robert B. Ford
Chairman and CEO

Diversity has long been at the heart of our business at Abbott, and we’re working to ingrain it not only into our own organization and culture, but also throughout healthcare. We’re taking action to increase health equity at every stage of the ecosystem, from our ability to innovate to clinical trials, from manufacturing and supply chain to access to care. There are 113,000 of us at Abbott around the world and we know the kind of difference we can make in people’s lives. We’re committed to bringing that same power to the work of expanding diversity, equity and inclusion within our company and to all we can influence.

Sean Palacio, Divisional Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion at Abbott
Sean Palacio
Divisional Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion

We are united around a common purpose to help people around the world live healthier, fuller lives. To deliver on that promise, we maintain a culture where our employees can bring their true selves to work every day. This creates the environment where all ideas are welcome and the diversity of thought and experience fosters the innovations that help people live their best lives.

From The Company

Diversity has been part of Abbott’s story since our earliest days as a company. As a global healthcare leader operating in more than 160 countries, diversity is not only a moral virtue – it’s a business necessity.
We believe that diversity fuels creativity. Creativity drives innovation. Innovation produces life-changing technologies. And none of it can flourish without a climate of equity and inclusion. Abbott is building a diverse, innovative workforce of tomorrow, giving employees the opportunity to change people’s lives for the better while living their best lives.
Any conversation about diversity, equity and inclusion at Abbott starts with our people. Thanks to their efforts, we’ve made progress. Yet we continue to push for more, with the goal of infusing inclusion so deeply into our culture that it is the natural way things get done at Abbott and in our partnerships with others. Examples include our $37.5 million partnership with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a nonprofit committed to connecting under-invested people and places to private resources, and our work with four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to advance cybersecurity curricula.


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