J&J’s Anna Rafferty and Leah O Keeffe discuss the company’s WiSTEM2D programme and imposter syndrome experiences.

Johnson & Johnson launched its WiSTEM2D programme in 2015 to fuel development of the women in STEM pipeline by offering awards and sponsoring women at critical points in their careers. WiSTEM2D stands for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths, Manufacturing and Design.

Anna Rafferty, who is director of strategy at Johnson & Johnson Ireland, said in a Future Human Q&A session that the programme aims to show girls the breadth of careers and opportunities available in STEM.

“Perhaps it might not be exactly like you imagine it now or maybe you’re struggling to really visualise what a career in STEM might look like,” she said. “We are really committed to ensuring that more women really enter some of these subjects to study them at university and then, very importantly, to follow careers in STEM.”


Words by Colm Gorey