As an organization, Takeda is deeply committed to women’s leadership, and providing a vehicle for female talent development within the workplace is tantamount. That’s why Takeda continues to partner with the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) Chicago chapter to bring a unique mentoring option to the Deerfield campus. As a national organization, the HBA’s vision is to empower women as business and thought leaders in healthcare, with a mission to further the advancement and impact of women in healthcare worldwide.
“Takeda is happy to serve as the 2013 program sponsor and support the work of the HBA to help advance the roles of professional women in healthcare,” said Jen Dickerson, director of talent and organization effectiveness. “Since the Takeda Women’s Network was launched in Tokyo in 2006, our women’s network has grown to foster the development and promotion of Takeda women on a local level right here in Deerfield, and the HBA mentor program is invaluable to our efforts.”
How does a mentoring program like this work? Once an application has been submitted, the HBA Chicago chapter mentoring committee matches up mentee needs with mentor expertise based on geography, mutual goals and interest. Two mentors and four mentees are then matched to form a mentoring circle where information, ideas, motivation and advice are shared.
“This partnership is a win-win for Takeda and the HBA Chicago chapter,” said Jenny Colombo, vice president, medical affairs strategies and communications and director at large for the HBA Chicago chapter mentoring program. “This program allows Takeda to create a foundation to launch an internal women’s leadership initiative for women at Takeda. And in turn, the HBA Chicago chapter has been able to grow its mentoring program and engage many more women.”
In fact, with Takeda’s partnership, the Chicago mentoring program has experienced unprecedented growth. In 2013, women from Takeda comprise an impressive 50 percent of the program, earning the local chapter recognition as one of the strongest mentoring programs for the global HBA.
On November 5, Takeda hosted the HBA mentoring program celebration event, during which the HBA recognized Takeda for its commitment to the advancement of women. Approximately 120 mentors and mentees from the HBA attended.
For more information, please visit the Chicago HBA website to learn more about how you can get involved, as a mentor or mentee. All are welcome to apply.