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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

Unique Hayes Gets One Step Closer to Her Medical Career Dreams

by Jaleesa Vincent | February 16, 2017

Unique HayesUnique 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. In addition to being recognized for her academic achievement, Hayes has conducted research that has elevated her experience at Spelman. Last year during Research Day, Hayes presented her research on non-hereditary polyposis colorectal cancer. She conducted her research with Hong Qin, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, as a part of her Biology 125 course. 

In addition to her academics and research, Hayes is very involved on campus. She serves on the executive board of The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and she is a Student Health Empowerment (SHE) scholar. Through her leadership position with NCNW, Hayes hosts, along with her co-chairs, informational and educational workshops aimed to educate and uplift African-American men and women on sexual health, emotional health, and mental health. When Hayes is not engaging in her academics or extracurricular activities, she volunteers on the inpatient floor at the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Hughes-Spalding campus.

As Hayes continues her matriculation at Spelman, she is also working toward accomplishing her short-term and long-term goals. Her short-term goals include graduating from Spelman, attending the medical school of her choice, and growing as a person. Hayes' long-term goals include finishing medical school and being matched with a great residency program in obstetrics and gynecology. Hayes ultimately aspires to own her own medical practice. 

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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