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Medtronic: No. 17 in the DiversityInc Top 50

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Company Information

U.S. Headquarters: Minneapolis
Global Employees: 45,000
U.S. Employees: 23,224
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: 38

Why It’s on the List


Medtronic continues its rise in the DiversityInc Top 50. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Omar Ishrak is a visible diversity supporter. He meets with the company’s resource groups quarterly, and more than half of his direct reports sponsor groups. Ishrak chairs the executive diversity council, which meets quarterly and establishes and signs off on diversity goals and metrics. He personally picks executives to serve on the council.

The company has a number of mentoring programs, including a Global Women’s Leadership Exchange, resource-group-related mentoring, Technical Peer Mentoring and Community Mentoring. The programs have cross-cultural components and formal follow-up. Medtronic has sponsors for high-potential employees from underrepresented groups, and all executives in the top three levels participate.

Medtronic has strong resource groups, including a group for retirees. The groups are available to all employees, and more than a quarter of the workers participate. Its resource groups act as advisers in the design, development, deployment and/or facilitation of the company’s diversity training programs. Additionally, the resource groups offer cultural trainings to employees going on visits to their home countries and have offered language skills training as well. The company measures retention, business contributions and engagement of resource-group members versus nonmembers.

Other DiversityInc Lists

  • No. 6 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Asian-Americans

Diversity Leadership

Omar Ishrak
Chairman and CEO

“At Medtronic, we believe that the passion and diversity of our 45,000 employees is critical to transforming healthcare worldwide. We are pleased to be recognized once again for the work our leaders and employees do to foster an inclusive workplace where everyone is fully engaged in improving outcomes, expanding access and enhancing value for the customers and patients we serve around the world.”

Michele DeSmet
Vice President of Global Inclusion, Diversity and Engagement (GIDE) and Neuromodulation HR

“Medtronic is a world leader in medical technology and we are committed to sustaining an inclusive, global workplace that allows each employee to be engaged in fulfilling the Medtronic Mission—alleviating pain, restoring health, and extending life. We are proud of our accomplishments and look forward to building on our culture of diversity and inclusion to improve lives through our products and therapies.”