Jingjun Yin, Senior Principal Scientist, and Jared Cumming, Director, Merck

Diversity and inclusion is a high priority for our organization. Since many scientists tend to be introverts, we wanted to increase awareness that they can be impactful leaders without changing who they are. That’s why, as co-chairs of Merck’s Global Chemistry Summit, we invited Jennifer Kahnweiler to speak. Jennifer showed us how introverts and extroverts can work better together to increase productivity and innovation. She conducted interviews with select, diverse participants in advance to understand our culture and customize her program. It was great that we started the meeting with her keynote since people were talking about the concepts in small groups throughout the two-day event.  Following her session, we are better equipped to attract and retain the best people for the job.

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