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Johnson &Johnson Stem 2D Scholars

STEM2D at Spelman

Town Hall Conversation
Johnson & Johnson, a leading multinational medical devices, pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods manufacturer, recently partnered with Spelman College and several universities across the globe to provide incentives and awards that will attract women to STEM2D fields of study.

Recently, Taira D. Bell, PMP, the director of global brand protection, consumer, at Johnson & Johnson and Lauren Carter-El, MPH, the company's supply chain strategy manager, spoke to the Spelman community during the Johnson & Johnson STEM2D Town Hall Conversation. Johnson & Johnson aims to engage girls and women of all ages and throughout every cycle of their educational and professional lives in STEM2D fields, as well as expand the field of focus by including manufacturing and design. 

Spelman's Johnson & Johnson STEM2D Scholars

  • symone fowler canty
    Symone Fowler-Canty, C'2018, is junior biology major and a member of the Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program and Johnson & Johnson STEM2D Scholars program.
  • Kierra Archer
    Kierra Archer is a junior biology major from Fort Lauderdale, FL. As a student, Archer has accomplished many things both inside and outside of the classroom. Read all about her highlight as a Johnson & Johnson Scholar changing the world of health and medicine.
  • Spelman Biology Major Amani Lee
    Amani Lee, C'2018, is a junior biology major at Spelman who striving for success in every area of her life. Lee aspires to become a veterinarian who specializes in cardiovascular surgery of large mammals. She intends to work with exotic animals at a zoo as well as in a lab where she will help create cures/vaccines for animal-related diseases.
  • KayCei-Moton-Melancon
    Kacei Moton-Melancon, C'2017, is a senior biology making a difference everywhere she goes. During her tenure at Spelman, the New Orleans, Louisiana native has been involved in several research projects.
  • Taylor Williams-Hamilton
    Taylor Williams-Hamilton, C'2017, is a senior biology major on the pre-med track at Spelman who is diligently working towards her goal of helping others heal. Williams-Hamilton plans to become a physician and eliminate the health care disparities that many people of color experience, including the language barrier between immigrants and healthcare professionals in the United States.
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    Unique Hayes, C'2018, is a junior biology major from New Orleans, Louisiana. As a scholar, Hayes has received many scholarships and recently added the Johnson & Johnson Stem 2D program to her list.
  • Spelman Student Sydney Miller
    Sydney Miller, C'2018, is a junior biology major on the pre-med at Spelman. The New England native wants to become an orthopedic or plastic surgeon and is currently seeking opportunities to shadow a physician in the Atlanta area.
  • Spelman Biology Major Jasmin Eatman
    While at Spelman, biology major Jasmin Eatman, C’2017, was a Johnson & Johnson STEM2D scholar and one of eight students from historically Black colleges and universities in the nation to receive the ETS Presidential Scholarship for HBCU Students.

Johnson & Johnson Town Hall Conversation Speakers

Spelman's Johnson & Johnson STEM2D ScholarsTaira D. Bell, PMP, director of global brand protection and consumer at Johnson & Johnson, is a results oriented leader with 20 years of experience at J&J. The New Orleans native is the ambassador for the J&J Women in STEM program at Spelman and has a passion for people leadership and development. Over the course of her career at J&J, she has been active in recruiting and mentoring top talent, supporting the African-American Leadership Council, and implementing organizational training for major diversity and inclusion efforts. 

Bell's career began as a co-op opportunity with McNeil Pharmaceuticals, a J&J subsidiary that manufactures over the counter medications such as Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and Zyrtec. Upon graduating from Southern University A&M College in electrical engineering, she returned to J&J as an operations associate and assumed various roles including procurement, manufacturing, and international operations. Later roles increased her responsibility in external manufacturing and innovation project management and also afforded Bell the opportunity to partner with commercial teams to launch new products. She also received her project management professional (PMP) certification. 

In one of her more recent roles in J&J Supply Chain, Bell served as senior manager, customer logistics; and was responsible for the customer service and replenishment aspect of J&J’s Consumer Walmart team which $1 billion in sales across beauty/skincare, oral care and baby products. In her current role as director of global brand protection, Bell is primarily responsible for preventing and mitigating the risk to patient safety and business value from counterfeit and illicit trade of consumer products worldwide. 
She has been an active participant in community service initiatives through her job supporting Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts, among other initiatives; and outside of work through her church, Chosen 300 homeless ministries, and through her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta, Inc. 

Spelman's Johnson & Johnson STEM2D ScholarsLauren Carter-El, MPH, is indeed a demonstration of Johnson & Johnson's mission and organizational legacy: “Caring for the world, one person at a time, inspires and unites the people of Johnson & Johnson.”  The Columbus, Ohio native remains active in her community and is dedicated to causes that improve the lives of women and children through a focus on higher education, professional development and access to healthcare.  

A supply chain professional with more than 10 year's experience, she currently serves as a strategy manager for the Johnson & Johnson U.S. Over the Counter Supply Chain organization. She began her career as a co-op at Johnson & Johnson in 2004, was permanently hired as a full-time employee in 2006, and began working in customer logistics, supply planning, production planning and operations team leading.

As a testament to her knack for directing teams and her ability to meet rigorous organizational standards, Carter-El assumed a range of responsibilities within procurement. She also headed global sourcing strategies, market engagement projects and complexity reduction initiatives which led to delivering over $5 million in total value to the business.

In her current role, Carter-El continues to champion more efficient business processes as she works to improve costs for mega brands like Tylenol, Motrin and Zyrtec. She also actively recruits and mentors co-ops and advises veterans transitioning into the workplace through the American Corporate Partners program. Outside of work, she supports various initiatives through her sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc., and is a member of the Fund Development Committee for People’s Emergency Center in Philadelphia, which provides homeless women and children with shelter and services to improve their quality of life.

Carter-El holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in public health from Drexel University.

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