In the world we know today, we are faced with the daily challenge of understanding and interiorizing concepts such as diversity and development that facilitate the understanding of human behavior in school, urban, rural, and organizational environments.
Diversity, which implies differences, movement, and multiplicity, is a concept that moves away from any position that implies a binary position (yes vs. no, white vs. black, cold vs. hot, low vs. high, homogeneous vs. heterogeneous, etc.), so that talking about mixtures, transversality and intersections facilitate the understanding of this concept.
On the other hand, when referring to human development, we could affirm that it is the possibility that all people have in terms of deploying their capabilities in an environment of diversity and responding to individual differences. Thus, the different environments related to the various stages of life play a fundamental role as a platform for diversity and the construction of identities.
SCHOOL: Diversity and development
The school as a learning platform has the challenge of developing skills in a diverse scheme that allows making decisions with multiple elements that do not bias the opinion and the construction of the identity of each individual. Therefore, it should be possible to absorb a lot of information without value judgments and with a large amount of data that contributes to the development of personal criteria.
COMPANY. Diversity and development
Diversity in work teams, heterogeneity in management, and multiple leadership styles contribute to the fact that people in a company have a great variety of spaces for personal development and can achieve their learning and development expectations.
For several years, multinational organizations have given the opportunity to work in a multicultural, diverse, and inclusive environment. The matrix teams have the possibility to operate in a culturally and geographically cross-cultural way and this allows a permanent exchange of opinions, positions, and diverse ways of doing things that guarantee the enrichment of each other’s culture.
Some of the best practices that organizations have adopted to reinforce diversity and development show a genuine interest in inclusion. Thus, empowerment programs and team balance are the natural results of a development plan. Likewise, the inclusion of families as part of the transformation of unconscious biases, inclusive language, and, of course, empowerment of employees’ children contribute to the purpose of diversity.
In terms of STEAM, many organizations are working to inspire boys and girls who want to develop in these areas of knowledge, which historically have been largely male-dominated careers.
Medicine and the pharmaceutical world and R&D actively contribute with the objective of giving greater relevance to innovation and development, in such a way that these variables play a central role within companies; That is why the pharmaceutical industry, through its multiple diversity and inclusion programs, guarantee equity and development in the members of their communities, expanding participation every day and citing an example, women are currently the majority in medical departments, as well at the corporate level and in senior management positions.
The permanent search for campaigns worldwide, the evolution of the Medical departments, have been aligned in relation to the changes related to diversity and human development, achieving in recent years, including in our Medical Department and MSL team, diverse groups, of high performance and leaders who transmit deep knowledge, who transmit science, who innovate with each action and who work as a team to achieve a common goal.
Finally, it should be noted that certain global initiatives demonstrate how equity, innovation, and science are essential pillars in human development, have an important impact, an example of this is the International Day of Women and Girls in the Science, established on December 22, 2015, by UNESCO and approved by the United Nations General Assembly; is celebrated every year on February 11, “the General Assembly decided to establish an annual International Day to recognize the critical role played by women and girls in science and technology, through Resolution A / RES / 70/212 ., in order to achieve full and equitable access and participation in science for women and girls, and also to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. ”(1)
Beky Ortiz Sedano, MD, MSc, MBA
Beky Ortiz Sedano, MD, MSc, MBA, is the Medical Sciences Liaison (MSL) Leader at Abbvie for the North Region of LATAM. She has a Bachelor of Medicine, a Master of Pharmaceutical Medicine, and a Master of Business Administration. For the past 13 years, Beky has held a variety of positions at key pharmaceutical companies, always within medical affairs. It started in Medical Information, Pharmacovigilance, Patient Program, clinical Operations, and Medical Manager. She then moved to the MSL Leader position, which gives her an understanding of people transformation and development. Currently, Beky is responsible for planning, executing, and aligning strategy, processes, and field systems for MSL teams.
Beky loves to lead by example, to be an inspiration in relation to autonomy, dedication at work, and work & life balance, always aiming to convert high-performance teams and functional Cross work.