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DiversityInc's 2016 Top 50 Announcement Dinner & Learning Sessions


April 19 | Cipriani Wall Street | New York City


Medtronic: No. 41 in the DiversityInc Top 50

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Chairman and CEO Omar Ishrak leads the diversity-and-inclusion initiatives, including signing off on metrics and progress, meeting quarterly with employee resource groups, and regularly communicating the business benefits of diversity and inclusion. He also chairs the executive diversity council, which meets every quarter.

The diversity plan is reviewed quarterly by senior leaders, as well as the Engagement and Inclusion Index and supplier-diversity metrics.

Medtronic has a very diverse board of directors. The 12-member board is 25 percent women, 25 percent Asian and 8 percent Black.

The company has 12 employee resource groups, which have high-level executive sponsors. More than 60 percent of top-level executives (CEO and direct reports) are sponsors of resource groups. Medtronic has specific resource groups for retirees and members of the sales force from underrepresented groups. The groups are used for recruitment, on-boarding for new employees, talent development and community marketing.

Medtronic measures the success of its groups by monitoring membership, participation and engagement, and how the groups are meeting predetermined goals.


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.”



U.S. Headquarters: Minneapolis

Global Employees: 43,035

U.S. Employees: 23,215