Lutz Staacke talks about finding a company that appreciates him for who he is
As a university student in Germany, Lutz Staacke studied special education and planned to become a teacher. But before he began his classroom training, he was warned not to be open about his sexuality.
Growing up in a small, conservative town, Staacke had plenty of experience hiding his identity as a gay person, but he was tired of hiding. Instead, he decided to pursue a different career.
“I said to myself, I have to do something different. I just want to be who I am,” said Staacke.
New collaboration expands our clinical trials efforts to four Historically Black Medical School clinical trial Centers of Excellence
Increasing diversity in clinical trials plays a crucial role in helping to understand how a broad range of human bodies may respond to drugs or other treatments. That’s why we’re committed to enrolling a diverse body of participants in our clinical trials around the globe.
We joined forces with Paradigm for Parity to help build skills and capabilities needed for senior leadership roles
The path to C-suite or executive level positions requires experience with managing a company’s profit and loss, also referred to as P&L. However, many women, specifically women of color, don’t get the opportunity to take on this responsibility — potentially limiting their ability to rise through the ranks within a company.
We are thrilled to announce that WEConnect International has named us a 2022 Platinum Top Global Supplier, Diversity & Inclusion Champion! The Platinum level of recognition denotes the highest level of dedication to inclusive spend, policies and procedures: https://bit.ly/3z4F0Ax
Diversity and inclusion have long been recognized as key attributes of high-performing teams in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Unfortunately, ethnically diverse groups are underrepresented in the STEM (sciences, technology, engineering, and math) fields.
It’s essential to our industry and society that we do our part to nurture tomorrow’s rising diverse STEM experts. So, two of our discovery scientists decided to take action.
Merck executive Scott M. Wright shared his story of coming out in midlife — the response was overwhelming
Scott Wright’s coming out journey came full circle in July 2020 when he received an email from Judy Shepard.
The brutal murder in 1998 of Judy’s son, Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was a defining moment in Wright’s life, given how deeply conflicted he was with his own identity at the time. It would take another 20 years for Wright to find the courage to accept himself.
Bringing your whole self to work allows you “to be happy not just in your personal life but also in your professional life"
It can be as simple as sharing your weekend plans with coworkers or having a photo of your partner on your desk. When you feel free to be yourself at work, even the seemingly small things can have a big impact on your happiness and wellbeing.
Still, many employees struggle with the decision to reveal aspects of their identities they worry may be problematic for co-workers and managers. They end up “covering” those parts of themselves — whether it’s being gay, being a parent, practicing a certain religion, or having a disability — in order to avoid discomfort or discrimination.
Scientists at Merck are committed to research and development for people diagnosed with prostate cancer
Almost everyone knows somebody living with prostate cancer.
But the people we know are not just a statistic or a number. They are our partners, parents, children, siblings and friends. They are our loved ones fighting to hang on to their dreams for the future. And that’s who we’re fighting for too — aggressively building our prostate cancer research program day in and day out to help advance new options for patients who need them.