Diversity Reboot Summit

A Proven Pathway Back to Achieving Life-Changing Breakthroughs: A Panel Discussion with Alumni & Associates of Johnson & Johnson's Re-Ignite Program

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A Proven Pathway Back to Achieving Life-Changing Breakthroughs: A Panel Discussion with Alumni & Associates of Johnson & Johnson's Re-Ignite Program

The Johnson & Johnson Re-Ignite Program is a global, cross-J&J effort to bring individuals back into technical careers after at least a two year break. For this special panel, Liz Markus, Director of the Re-Ignite Program is joined by recruiters and alumni of the program including Terri Bjornsen, HR Talent Acquisition Leader; Deidre Carissimo, Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist; Jason DeShields, HR Lead, Talent Acquisition Diversity; Ramona Haile, Senior Manager Global Regulatory Affairs; Nicole Krutsick, Customer Logistics Analyst; and Katie Lahoda, Primary Development Engineer to share their experiences and career journeys.

Meet The Speakers

Elizabeth Markus
Elizabeth Markus
Director, Re-Ignite Program, Johnson & Johnson

I am developing and leading the strategy for implementation of the Johnson & Johnson Re-Ignite Program globally. Re-Ignite is a cross-J&J effort to bring individuals back into technical careers after some time off work (due to family commitments, etc.). The program focuses on individuals with Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing, and Design skills.

Terri Bjornsen
Terri Bjornsen
HR Talent Acquisition Leader, Johnson & Johnson

Terri is a driven and motivated leader possessing over 15 years of talent acquisition experience within Corporate Recruiting. She possess a blend of experience in Medical Device & Diagnostics, Pharmaceutical, University Relations,International Recruitment & Development, Talent Acquisition Integration, and Diversity arenas.

Deirdre Carissimo
Deirdre Carissimo
Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist, Johnson & Johnson

Deirdre is a Senior Recruiting Specialist supporting the consumer sector. She leads a diversity recruitment initiative for supply chain and quality functions and has successfully partnered with leadership, human resources and talent acquisition. Additionally, Deirdre has developed an innovative strategy to create a robust pipeline and deliver the most diverse and qualified talent.

Jason DeShields
Jason DeShields
HR Lead, Talent Acquisition Diversity - North America, Johnson & Johnson

Jason is responsible for delivery initiatives associated with the evolution of the strategic vision for J&J’s Professional Diversity Strategy and Programming in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. He is a Partner as a talent advisor and works in close collaboration with key partners including Business Leaders, Global and Regional Talent Acquisition Leaders, Recruiters and Program Management offices. Before joining Johnson & Johnson, Jason served as Account Recruiting Manager at Aerotek.

Ramona Haile
Ramona Haile
Associate Director Medical Affairs Consumer Health, Johnson & Johnson

Ramona is a Pharm.D. with 10 years of professional experience in various regulatory environments - pharmaceutical, medical device and OTC; seeking to utilize extensive experience within the regulated health care industry and pharmacy education to identify new and challenging opportunities in the healthcare Industry. Ramona’s specialties include Regulatory Affairs, Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals, Combination Products.

Nicole Krutsick
Nicole Krutsick
Senior Analyst Biosurgery Supply Medical Device Chain Analyst, Johnson & Johnson

Nicole serves as a Customer Logistics Analyst for JNJ SLC Consumer providing sales, marketing, and logistical services to U.S Retail Wal-Mart customers. She also conducts detailed analysis on order and supply chain issues by utilizing advanced systems and process excellence tools. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Nicole served as a Senior Analyst at Cordis.

Katie Lahoda
Katie Lahoda
Primary Development Engineer Medical Devices, Johnson & Johnson

Katie is a Primary Development Engineer at Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson that has manufactured surgical sutures and wound closure devices since 1887. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Katie has held roles at ScribeAmerica and Schaeffler.