May 25, 2017

Asia Society names Medtronic Top Employer

Honored by the award, company leaders say “success depends on creating an inclusive culture.”

Being honored as a top employer requires employees who help to create a unique culture every day.

“And that leads to innovation for the organization,” says Sophia Khan, senior director for global inclusion, diversity and engagement. “We are creating a diverse culture where we value all the ways we are unique – and it’s making a difference.”

That kind of impact at Medtronic was given the spotlight in May when the Asia Society, a leading educational organization, awarded Medtronic with multiple awards including “Best Employer for Promoting Asian Pacific American Women” and “Best Employer for Marketing and Support to the Asian Pacific American Community.”

Medtronic was also honored with “Best Practices” awards for its work in employee growth, market opportunities, community commitment, retention, and resource groups.

“Diversity gets people in the room, but inclusion keeps them there.'

Rana Rasheed, a member of the Asian Network Leadership Team


Rana Rasheed, a member of the Asian Network Leadership Team

“We are honored to have our work recognized,” says Vipul Sheth, the Vice President of Corporate Quality. He is also the leader of the company’s Asian Impact at Medtronic group (AIM), the employee network also known as AIM. “To truly understand the needs of our customers and reflect the diversity of our customers, it is imperative that we strive to reflect this diversity at all levels – our success depends on creating an inclusive culture.”

Anu Codaty, Vice President of Business Development & Strategy in the Pain Therapies Business, says the awards highlight the ways Medtronic is recruiting talent from all over the world.

“We need fresh ideas and inclusive insights to fulfill the Medtronic Mission and continue to be an innovative industry leader,” she says. “We thoughtfully engage and develop talent through programs like AIM and the Women’s Network to accelerate leadership advancement.”

Asian leaders in the company are making a difference by helping organize “hubs” across the company – one of the AIM initiatives the Asia Society looked at when honoring Medtronic. These diversity hubs are part of the employee resource groups and provide consistent engagement with Asian employees. The goal is to spur on career development, provide diversity of thought and advocacy, and lead a grassroots movement towards diversity within the company.

Currently, there are 12 AIM hubs across the U.S. with more than 1,700 members.

“Diversity gets people in the room, but inclusion keeps them there,” says Rana Rasheed, a member of the Asian Network Leadership Team. “By doing so, it enables Medtronic to achieve even more and ultimately save lives through our innovation.”

The awards were announced May 25 in New York City. The Asia Society is a non-profit organization that exists to promote mutual understanding and strengthen partnerships among leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States.