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Bridging the Gender Gap through a Culture of Mentoring at Novo Nordisk

Notes from presentation by Eric Dziedzic from Mentoring and Networking: Women Building Trust in Our Cities Conference, Copenhagen, November 2009

Forty-four percent of Novo Nordisk’s 28,000 employees are women. While the company’s headquarters are in Denmark about 52% of its employees work in the 79 countries around the world where its products are sold.  Novo Nordisk’s mentoring programs for women (e.g. Women in Management and Women in Novo Nordisk) use a business case approach to mentoring because of the:

  • Rise in the number of female graduates in pharmaceuticals
  • Changing management styles
  • War for talent

Efforts to close the gender gap focus on:

  • Skill-building
  • Peer development
  • Networking
  • Identifying barriers to advancement
  • Setting specific numerical targets for women
  • Ensuring sustainable results

The company supports both informal mentoring as well as a formal mentoring program for senior female executives, including vice-presidents.

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