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Improving Health, Improving Lives
Improving Health, Improving Lives
Creating groundbreaking medicines and therapies and providing world-class diagnostics isn’t easy. But every day, employees at LabCorp, the parent company of Covance, are improving the health and lives of patients around the world.
When asked what they miss most about their time in service, military veterans often mention the unparalleled spirit of camaraderie – and some of them find ways to start recreating it in their civilian careers. We recently learned how that affinity has inspired some of our military veteran employees to support each other through life transitions.
After earning a dual degree in chemistry and business at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Joshua had been growing his career at Covance, LabCorp’s drug development business, for seven years, starting as a quality assurance auditor before becoming a study coordinator and an associate pharmacokineticist. He considered himself healthy, which is why his cancer diagnosis of squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity came as a complete shock.
National African American/Black History Month recognizes the accomplishments of African Americans who have made a difference in our society. Many notable African American physicians, engineers, scientists, and nurses have contributed to medical and scientific breakthroughs and continue to serve as role models for students of color interested in pursuing careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.
As we celebrate past accomplishments, we also look inward at one of our colleagues from the LabCorp enterprise to learn about the achievements of today. We recently interviewed Annie Harris, Director of Technology Enablement at Covance, LabCorp’s drug development business, to learn about her career journey and her plans for empowering women of color in the pharmaceutical industry as well as women across the LabCorp enterprise.
While International Women’s Day (IWD) is officially recognized on March 8, the collective action and shared ownership necessary to drive gender parity is a constant undertaking. Last year, our drug development team located in India took the “Balance for Better” theme to heart. This year, they’re planning for an even more impactful 2020 that’s part of a commitment to make a positive difference for women across all of our global sites.
In business terms, employees are a company’s greatest asset. They are the source of its differentiation, its innovation and its future growth. "We are strongest as a company when all our employees can contribute to their fullest potential," says Glenn Eisenberg, LabCorp’s chief financial officer. "An inclusive, high-performing culture — one that values diversity across age, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, experiences and more — amplifies a company’s ability not only to succeed, but to rise far above its competitors."
As LabCorp joins the United States in recognizing May as National Military Appreciation Month, we salute the work of Major Travis Wittick, Segment Director, Hospital Reference at LabCorp, and a Seymour Johnson Reserve Citizen Airman with the 916th Aerospace Medical Squadron. In July 2018, when Travis and his unit visited Lakenheath Royal Air Force Base, England, for a two-week annual tour, he was asked to develop the first-ever medical training platform for military staff overseas. It was a herculean task, and Travis completed it with flying colors.
It’s never too early to start thinking about your future career. Starting as early as high school, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) internships are a great way for students to explore a field and gain career awareness through hands-on learning. Recognizing the many STEM learning opportunities available at LabCorp, the Information Technology (IT) department initiated a formal high school internship program with students from the local communities near the company’s headquarters.
International Women’s Day March 8, 2019
Through our Women’s Empowerment Network and Women in Leadership initiatives, we are building better balance by paving the way for more women to pursue their career goals, feel pride in their achievements, and come to work each day eager to take on new challenges.