DIVERSITY, INCLUSION & BELONGING
Rare Uniqueness, Common Purpose
Our mission is to ignite an inclusive environment where people belong because of their uniqueness and unleash their individuality and diversity to spur innovative breakthroughs for patients.
We may be different, but we share one purpose: to shine light on rare disease through the collective power of diversity, inclusion, and belonging (DI&B).
Diversity is a fact. Inclusion is an act.
Belonging is a pact.
Our bold mission does not stop with diversity and inclusion. We strive to foster a true sense of belonging. To us, belonging is a pact to ensure that every person feels included because of their uniqueness, not despite it.
Our strategy aims to weave diversity, inclusion, and belonging into the entire Alexion ecosystem, from employees to patients and the communities we serve.
Diversity is having a seat at the table.
Inclusion is having a voice at the table.
Belonging is having that voice be heard.
It is important to welcome people with capabilities from other backgrounds and countries. Alexion benefits from minorities and immigrants—I am one.”
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“It is important to welcome people with capabilities from other backgrounds and countries. Alexion benefits from minorities and immigrants—I am one.”
Betel’s passion for diversity, inclusion, and belonging (DI&B) originated from her upbringing in Ethiopia, where she was born to parents of Eritrean descent. Her experience living through a political conflict, which led to hundreds of thousands of people losing their lives, propelled this passion even further. At the age of 16, Betel came to the United States alone and immersed herself in the culture while maintaining her global ties.
“I am passionate about helping others, and my career in Clinical Operations has allowed me to make significant contributions to improving patients’ lives,” Betel shares. After joining Alexion’s Research and Development (R&D) organization as a Clinical Project Lead in 2013, Betel’s relentless dedication has led to her continued career progression and advanced responsibilities. She marries her passions for clinical operations and DI&B by leading the Clinical Trial Diversity effort to enhance patient diversity in Alexion’s clinical trials.
Outside of work, Betel volunteers with organizations that support immigrants and minority students—her way of paying it forward for the support she received when navigating her new life as an immigrant and student. “It is important to welcome people with capabilities from other backgrounds and countries,” she insists. “Alexion benefits from minorities and immigrants—I am one.”
Our DI&B governance structure directly engages our global workforce.
Cultivating a culture of diversity, inclusion, and belonging is more than just a “check the box” exercise, it is integral to everything we do. That is why we have a governance structure that actively engages our global workforce spanning every level, function, and geography to shape, champion, and activate our efforts. All Alexion colleagues have an opportunity to contribute in areas that are most meaningful to them.
THE OFFICE OF DI&B SETS THE STAGE
Our forward-thinking leadership team defines and drives a clear and progressive DI&B strategy.
WE SEEK COUNSEL FROM THE DI&B ADVISORY BOARD
Advising body charged with providing guidance and championing DI&B solutions across the organization, co-chaired by executive committee members, and composed of a diverse group of cross-functional and cross-geographical employees.
“INNOVATION PODS” TURBOCHARGE IMPACT
These targeted teams are activated to tackle topics of the highest priority. They combine the collective power of internal experts, external advisors, and passionate employees to offer experiential DI&B learning, develop innovative ideas, and solve DI&B problems.
IGNITED INTO ACTION BY THE DI&B NETWORK
This alliance is comprised of ~10% of Alexion’s global workforce and mobilizes enterprise-wide DI&B agents to innovate, pilot, and amplify new and novel DI&B solutions at an accelerated pace through the democratization of employee ideas and voices.
WE FOSTER INCLUSION AND DRIVE INTERSECTIONALITY THROUGH OUR ALEXION RESOURCE GROUPS (ARGs)
Voluntary and primarily self-governed groups that aim to cultivate and sustain DI&B.
ARGs are formed across various pillars, including gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, and/or shared experience. They create communities and advocacy, raise cultural awareness, represent Alexion at external events, and drive business impact by harnessing diverse perspectives.
AND MAGNIFY UNIQUE VOICES THROUGH LEARNING AND LISTENING PROGRAMS
Programs designed to ignite bold conversations, raise awareness, and achieve collective breakthroughs.
Employee-led learning program designed to celebrate unique voices and elevate our understanding of diversity as a powerful and immersive reflection of who we are and can be.
Forum for focusing on commonalities, not differences, to encourage dynamic conversations about the experiences among people with different overlapping identities.
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We understand that recruiting diverse talent and elevating voices is just the first step in our DI&B journey, and we do not stop there. We strive to create an environment that enables individuals to thrive in their sense of long-term belonging.
I have made it my personal and professional goal to leverage my own journey to enhance the patient experience and better connect it to that of the employee.”
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“I have made it my personal and professional goal to leverage my own journey to enhance the patient experience and better connect it to that of the employee.”
As someone whose experience and insight are deeply personal, Austen treasures the ability to serve our patients and our employees. He began his career at Alexion as People & Culture Lead, partnering with the US Commercial organization to drive and deliver our employee experience strategy.
Austen was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at the end of 2019. Still determined to make an impact, he moved into our Patient Experience function as Patient & Employee Experience Lead with strong support from leadership. As is common with ALS, Austen’s condition has quickly progressed, and he is now fully dependent on a wheelchair.
“This experience has not discouraged me, however, and I am more committed than ever for something good to come from this devastating diagnosis,” Austen notes. “I have made it my personal and professional goal to leverage my own journey to enhance the patient experience and better connect it to that of the employee.” Diversity, inclusion, and belonging (DI&B) is key to that ambition. Alexion’s employee population should mirror the communities we serve, inclusive of race, culture, health status, and ability level, for these perspectives are critical to our industry’s ability to innovate and find transformational therapies for patients.