When Anthony Dunn first embarked on his Johnson & Johnson journey nearly 10 years ago as an intern in the UK office’s marketing department, he never dreamed he’d one day become a leader in the company’s efforts to support LGBTQ+ staff and the broader community through Johnson & Johnson’s LGBTQ+ Network.
In almost 10 years at Johnson & Johnson in the UK, I’ve gone from being a Marketing Intern to my current role as a Senior Brand Manager—and achieved so much. As a gay man, it was incredibly important for me to find a workplace embracing, rather than merely tolerating, diversity. And at Johnson & Johnson, whomever I’m dealing with—from senior management to newly hired interns—I feel comfortable being my whole self, because I know that discrimination isn’t tolerated here.
Johnson & Johnson's commitment goes way beyond lip service. It was fantastic to see my company vocally advocating equal marriage and LGBTQ+ workplace equality in the U.S., as well as supporting LGBTQ+ charities. On a more personal level, it’s a huge reassurance to know that our company policies and benefits are fully inclusive of LGBTQ+ employees. I got married last year, and knowing that benefits such as parental leave apply to same-sex partners is important to me, in the event we decide to start a family.
These values aren’t just entrenched in Our Credo, but lived and practiced every day. They’re why I’m so proud to call this company “home.”
I first came to Johnson & Johnson when I was an undergrad as part of a one-year internship. I was lucky enough to work as part of a marketing team with unwavering passion and drive—and unlike the old internship cliche, I certainly didn’t spend my time making coffee. Instead, the role came with real responsibility: media planning, campaign development, new product development, insights and much more. By the time I finished my internship, I felt completely certain that this was the company where I wanted to build my career.
Upon graduating, I returned to Johnson & Johnson to join the JOHNSON’S® marketing team. Right away, I was entrusted with developing a full digital ecosystem for the brand. Specifically, I was focusing on mothers and fathers—and how to enrich and enhance their experience along the amazing parenthood journey. Getting to know our consumers, their wants and needs—and developing solutions to best serve them—is at the core of what we do in consumer marketing.
After my wonderful experience with the JOHNSON’S® marketing team, I made the move to our over-the-counter medicines team. Personally, I’ve always found our self-care portfolio fascinating to work on: We focus on how we can help people treat their conditions and take care of their well-being through highly effective, accessible products without the gateway of a prescription. I was also given expanded responsibility for managing our digestive health and allergy brands in Northern Europe—and based on my achievements, was promoted to Senior Brand Manager: first, looking after our cough and sore throat portfolio, and later the NICORETTE® brand.
Since 2017 I have been passionately co-leading the UK chapter of our global employee resource group Open&Out. We have a clear mission to champion the full inclusion of people from the LGBTQ+ community within Johnson & Johnson as well as in the communities we serve.
The company recently held a global Open&Out Summit, where people asked questions about how Johnson & Johnson would approach diversity in countries and regions that are not necessarily supportive—to put it mildly—of LGBTQ+ rights. I’ll always remember the answer: “Regardless of where you are in the world, you will not be discriminated against at Johnson & Johnson.” It’s important for me to know that the company I work for and represent is a safe haven for people in the LGBTQ+ community around the globe—no matter which office they work out of. The world desperately needs ambassadors like Johnson & Johnson to fight for and defend inclusivity, enabling people to be their full selves—and I’m so proud to be part of that work.
We finished first on DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity List in 2018, and you can see that leadership reflected every day from the top down—from Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Wanda Bryant Hope to the stories of employees like Clark Musto.
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