Leading healthcare company, MSD recently hosted its inaugural Women in STEM conference. The event, the first of its kind for the company, was organised by the MSD Women’s Network to celebrate and recognise the importance of diversity and women in leadership.

As a global leader in healthcare with a strong presence in Ireland, MSD employs approximately 1,800 people across its sites in Dublin, Carlow, Cork, and Tipperary. The Irish branch of the MSD Women’s Network was officially launched in 2015 to create an inclusive workplace within MSD, while also helping to address the vast under-representation of women in science and technology in Ireland.

It is estimated that of the 117,800 people working in jobs that utilise STEM skills, less than 25% are women. Across EU statistics are stark, with approximately 7% of technical careers being filled by women.

The event welcomed more than 100 attendees including representatives from MSD’s manufacturing sites in Ballydine, Co Tipperary, Brinny, Co. Cork, and Carlow, as well as MSD Human Health, Animal Health and Global Financial Services teams, for a day of networking, workshops and discussion.

Speakers included Peter Cosgrove (Director of CPL), Martin Kelly  (Think HR) and Pamela Faye (Business Performance Perspectives) who covered topics such as personal branding in the workplace and the importance of diversity.

Business Unit Director at MSD Human Health, Mairead McCaul said, “Ireland has an incredible and diverse talent pool, and we are committed to ensuring that our workplace is not just diverse, but inclusive, so that all our people have equal personal and professional development opportunities, and can grow their careers in an environment that empowers them to succeed.”