Sandra Leung has helped Bristol-Myers Squibb open its ears and eyes to finding the most diverse set of voices it can put on its team, but she says the work is only just beginning
By Paul Snyder, Modern Counsel
“There is wide recognition that people are our most valuable resource, and to retain and attract the best people, we need to have a more diverse and inclusive environment where people feel empowered to bring their whole self to work,” says Leung, Bristol-Myers Squibb’s executive vice president and general counsel. “It’s imperative to our continued success that we embrace different voices to become a more powerful company.”
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