January 15th, 2014

What It Means to Lead: Reflections from NAFE Ceremony honoring Sandi Peterson

Last month, NAFE honored Johnson & Johnson’s Sandi Peterson as its 2013 Woman of the Year.  We invited two employees, both members of our Women’s Leadership Initiative, to attend the awards ceremony and share their thoughts with us.

Nina Zalah, IT Analyst, Enterprise Business Solutions

I was so proud to have a seat at the table with such amazing leaders!  The stories that all of the NAFE winners told were inspirational and it’s remarkable to me how much they have accomplished in their careers.  I realized how human each of them are, which made them seem so authentic and even more impressive as leaders.

One idea that stood out to me is that we should not classify ourselves in a different category as “female leaders.”  Our mission as women in the corporate world should be to get rid of those differentiators and have people ask us questions about our career and success, rather than just our roles as women and moms.  I also learned that being a role model is more important than being a sponsor or a mentor.  A role model is someone you aspire to be, and you strive to emulate their actions and decisions.  That idea changed the way I think about mentoring.

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January 13th, 2014

The Johnson & Johnson Culture of Health & Wellness: Two-Part Series

by Samantha Gilham, Graduate Fellow, Corporate Communications

Editor’s Note:

Here at Johnson & Johnson, we don’t just “talk the talk,” but we also “walk the walk” when it comes to health and fitness, especially with our employees.  We’re kicking off the New Year with a two-part series on how J&J helps its employees engage in healthy behavior at our Headquarters offices in New Brunswick, NJ.  First, we’ll talk food and how our cafeterias and wellness employees make it easy for employees to eat healthy at work.   Second, we’ll check out the employee fitness centers to see how our wellness professionals keep employees moving throughout the day.  So, no matter what resolutions you set for yourself, we hope this series inspires you to make small steps toward a healthier New Year.

Part I: Cafeteria/Nutrition

Laura-CollettiFirst, I sat down with the woman behind it all – Head Executive Chef at Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters in New Brunswick, Laura Colletti, to talk about what goes into creating the menus for one of the largest J&J cafeterias in the world.

Johnson & Johnson is known as a company that has a health and wellness-centered culture. How does that translate when you create the menus?

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January 9th, 2014

Make Every Minute Count with Johnson & Johnson’s Official 7 Minute Workout App

by Chris Jordan, Director of Exercise Physiology, Human Performance Institute Division of Wellness & Prevention, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company


A new year. It’s a time that often makes us think of new beginnings. However, I’ve learned through my work at the Human Performance Institute (HPI) that a new beginning is possible any day—every day—of the year. At HPI we work with individuals who are interested in changing their lives for the better, performing at higher levels, and being more fully engaged with their lives.

Today, the Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout App is being released. I’m proud to have been a part of its making. In creating the 7 Minute Workout, I had simplicity in mind and the app captures that essence perfectly. It is also an excellent way to engage with your health on a regular basis. Taking time to move your body can also help you focus your mind.

Daily demands can take their toll on your energy—physically, emotionally, and mentally. This fatigue can result in disengagement with the things that matter most to you, becoming disconnected with work, family, friends, health and your own sense of well being. At HPI, this is something that we think about all the time.

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December 19th, 2013

A Global Push to End Alzheimer’s

by Paul Stoffels, MD, Chief Scientific Officer, Johnson & Johnson and Worldwide Chairman, Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Editor’s note: Dr. Paul Stoffels recently participated in the G8 Dementia Summit in London as the only industry speaker.  He joined UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) among many others to discuss and develop a coordinated global action on dementia, one of the biggest health challenges in the coming decades.  Dr. Stoffels shares his thoughts about the conference in this blog post.

Thirty years ago, the world faced the global crisis of HIV/AIDS. It was a complex disease that was little understood, spreading, and claiming the lives of people all over the world. At the time, there were no AIDS specific treatments; an HIV diagnosis meant death within 2 years. The first World AIDS Day was held in 1988 to identify solutions for working together to make a significant impact on the disease in part through research and the development of new treatments. Later, in 2002, the G8 came together to coordinate resources and efforts to improve access to new medicines through the development of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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December 2nd, 2013

Celebrating Giving Tuesday

Welcome to #GivingTuesday!  Johnson & Johnson is proud to support the 92nd St Y and the United Nations Foundation in this movement to come together and give back to communities, organizations and people in need.

To celebrate giving today and throughout the holiday season, we’re proud to announce the launch of our CARE GROWS giving program, which you can visit at www.caregrows.com.  It’s simple – visit the website, make a donation through one of our three social good programs, and we’ll match it.  Select a project to fund through Catapult, donate a photo through the Johnson & Johnson Donate a Photo app, or give a gift in the Save the Children Gifts of Joy catalog – and Johnson & Johnson will match your donation.

Want to read more about Giving Tuesday?

You can follow us on Twitter or visit our Facebook page for updates throughout the day and the holiday season.

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November 26th, 2013

Thanksgiving Dinner with a Mustache, Anyone?

By David Silver, Product Director at Janssen Biotech, Inc.

movember1Disruptive mustaches are an annual focal point of Thanksgiving dinners in my household.  For my wife, nothing screams “Let’s give thanks for this meal” more than looking across the table at my terrible mustache.

For the last three years, my wife and I have participated in Movember (the month formerly known as November in our house).   The goal of Movember is to literally and educationally change the face of men’s health in a fun and engaging way.  Men grow and women support a Mo (moustache) for 30 days.   Men’s “Mo’s” become walking, talking billboards to raise awareness about health programs that combat prostate and testicular cancers.

Today, one in six men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime making it the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men after skin cancer.  In 2013, more than 238,000 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed and almost 30,000 men will die of prostate cancer in the United States.

Despite these figures, the level of awareness, understanding and support for prostate cancer lags significantly behind that of women’s health causes.   Consider these facts, according the Movember website:

  • A man is 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer.

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November 12th, 2013

Johnson & Johnson and Its Partners Offer Aid to Philippines

Following the devastation of Super Typhoon Haiyan, Johnson & Johnson has been working through our partners to offer support to those affected.  Below is an excerpt of a message sent to all Johnson & Johnson employees from our Corporate Contributions team.

What has been described as one of the strongest storms in recorded history, Super Typhoon Haiyan (known as Yolanda locally), battered the central Philippine islands of Leyte and Samar on November 8 with winds of up to 235 miles per hour followed by devastating storm surges that washed away homes and lives.

We are relieved and grateful to know that all of our employees are safe, but heartbroken that so many people in the region have lost loved ones, homes and livelihoods.

Through our disaster relief partners, the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies has already mobilized pre-positioned disaster relief supplies to help the people of the Philippines. Direct Relief International  (@DirectRelief),  AmeriCares  (@AmeriCares),  and Heart to Heart International  (@Heart_to_Heart) are moving swiftly to deliver donated medical supplies, hygiene kits and personal care products.

As the recovery begins, we will work together with our partners to determine next steps and mobilize the best possible support for the millions of people impacted by the storm. 

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October 18th, 2013

Former Johnson & Johnson Corporate Vice President of Public Relations, Lawrence G. Foster, Dies at 88

The following is a personal email from Alex Gorsky, Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson, sent to employees earlier today regarding the passing of Lawrence G. Foster, former Johnson & Johnson Vice President of Public Relations.

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of former Johnson & Johnson Corporate Vice President of Public Relations, Lawrence G. Foster.  Larry, who is perhaps best known for guiding the company’s now famous response to the Tylenol® crises of 1982 and 1986, died yesterday at the age of 88.

Many former colleagues and friends of Larry have reached out to reflect on his significant contributions to Johnson & Johnson during his 33 years at the Company, as well as his many accomplishments and philanthropic efforts that continued after his retirement in 1990.   Ralph Larsen, former Johnson & Johnson Chairman and CEO (1989-2001), said, “Larry Foster was a man of integrity and extraordinarily good judgment.  He played a vital role during his lifetime career at Johnson & Johnson.”

Earlier today, the Foster family issued the following obituary announcement that pays fitting tribute to Larry’s remarkable career, service in the community, and contributions to the communication profession.  As we reflect on his passing today, we will best honor his important legacy by finding our own ways to manage with purpose and integrity and meet the responsibilities outlined in Our Credo.

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September 18th, 2013

Continuing to Lead by Example – Johnson & Johnson Recognized for Global Cancer Prevention and Support in the Workplace

by Fik Isaac, MD, Vice President Global Health Services and Chief Medical Officer, Wellness & Prevention, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson Company

Back in 2001, Former President George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, asked a gentleman named Robert Ingram (CEO of Glaxo Wellcome at the time) to chair the CEO Roundtable on Cancer in support of an initiative known as the C-Change.  This national forum brought together key leaders from business, government and academia, who shared the common goal to eliminate cancer.  Specifically, Mr. Bush asked Mr. Ingram to form a separate organization of action-oriented chief executive officers that would “do something” about cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment for their own families, as well as their corporate families.  And, well, the rest is history.

Today, the CEO Roundtable on Cancer is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that remains committed to fulfilling Former President Bush’s challenge to be “bold and venturesome” in considering the health of employees and the war against cancer.  This rings true in each of the organization’s three key categories: risk reduction, early detection and quality care.  And more than four million employees and family members are benefiting from the vision and leadership of nearly 150 employers who’ve chosen to become Gold Standard accredited.

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August 12th, 2013

Johnson & Johnson Employee Artists Recognized Through the 19th Annual Employee Art Exhibition

By Heather Cammarata-Seale, Exhibitions Coordinator, Johnson & Johnson Corporate Art Program

Every day, Johnson & Johnson supports its employees through corporate programs and initiatives that care for their health and well-being. On Thursday, August 1, we celebrated the installation of the latest exhibition of the Corporate Art Program, the 19th Annual Employee Art Exhibition, at Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters in New Brunswick. Every year this exhibition gives corporate employees and their immediate families an opportunity to showcase their creativity, ingenuity and artistry. The fine art, photography, craft, and literary pieces on display demonstrate the varied interests and abilities of Johnson & Johnson’s talented employees and families.

This art exhibition is one of 13 sponsored by the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Art Program in 2013 – six in the World Headquarters Gallery and seven in the New Jersey Artists Gallery. The Johnson & Johnson Corporate Art Program aims to educate, engage, and inspire employees and the local community by promoting philanthropy, wellness, and cultural and social awareness through permanent art installations and rotational exhibitions at our World Headquarters in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The Corporate Art Program highlights current artistic endeavors and features work of living New Jersey artists as well as artists who deal with themes related to science, healthcare, consumerism, and New Jersey culture.

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