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J&J’s Enterprise Sponsorship Program (ESP) offers sponsorship and career networking and growth opportunities for high-performing individuals. In 2023, 215 sponsees' and 188 executive sponsors joined the program, with almost all sponsees and sponsors from the past two years remaining active. ESP allows for the development of key relationships with senior leaders to champion career mobility, enhance visibility and help build the sponsees additional competencies.

In Ireland, we worked to increase the number of women in senior roles by designing a unique cross-functional Mentoring Connections Program. The program engaged a network of champions and advocates across the company working to build mutually beneficial partnerships. Led by our WLI ERG Ireland Chapter, the program focused on building professional development, increasing confidence, reflective thinking, sharing information and providing enhanced leadership skills. In 2023, the program engaged more than 500 participants, helping to create a new culture of mentoring and bridging between the J&J Innovative Medicine and J&J MedTech teams in an environment of collaboration, development, diversity and growth.

Ailish Nolan, Senior Communications Manager, Johnson & Johnson Ireland (photo)

It matters to me

Ailish Nolan, Senior Communications Manager, Johnson & Johnson Ireland

Why did you join the Mentoring Connections Program?

“I rejoined J&J after being on maternity leave and decided to join the mentoring program as part of my reintegration into the business.”

What impact did the Program have for you?

“My mentor opened my eyes to the scale of the network and the opportunities that exist within J&J. I think it’s easy to get siloed within your own section of the business. I realized the value of connecting with people in my network on a regular basis and the opportunities that brings in terms of career progression and learning.”

Would you recommend mentoring to other colleagues?

“I would highly recommend the program to anybody at any level. There’s a wealth of knowledge among our peers, and to be matched with a great mentor, as I was, is something I’m very lucky to have been a part of.”

Additionally, in our finance leadership and management teams, we continued our program of Reverse Mentoring for the LGBTQIA+ community, led by our Open&Out ERG. Reverse Mentoring promotes more inclusive dialogue with senior leaders and their teams and helps shape the way senior leaders in Finance think about career development. For the LGBTQIA+ community in Finance, this program enhances leadership awareness of the challenges they face in the workplace.

Impact in 2023


new mentors, with a total of 25 mentors from senior finance and director levels


mentees from finance teams in all our regions


of Chief Financial Officers globally trained in allyship