McKinsey & Company is one of the top companies when it comes to collecting data, identifying trends, and suggesting actions and strategies that address potential issues. The article, “Women in Healthcare and Life Sciences: The Ongoing Stress of COVID-19” showcases these qualities and is particularly interesting to me. I’ve personally noticed the challenges this article mentions — in my own professional life, as I help clients attract and retain employees in the life science and healthcare space, and in my wife’s professional life.

This article focuses on the shifts in the workforce from the pandemic and how they have disproportionately affected women. Like many of you, I’m ready to move on from the pandemic talk. However, it’s hard to ignore some of the statistics outlined in this piece, including:


“Women in healthcare are twice as likely as men to miss out on opportunities for promotion because of parenthood and home responsibilities.”

The article isn’t just composed of bad news. It also highlights advancements that have been made and future strategies to take, noting that healthcare is leading many other industries when it comes to growth. It’s my opinion that the overall workforce will continue to confront these issues head-on and must remain diligent and continue to recognize them. Most of our clients are well aware of these challenges and have been working hard to address them. Do you see it the same way?

Ken Dropiewski

Ken Dropiewski is a Partner with McDermott + Bull’s Life Science and Healthcare Practice and has been doing search for nearly two decades. His expertise serves the medical device, biotechnology, and healthcare industry. Ken is especially known for work done in the cardiac, vascular, interventional, and oncology segments and has been in the MedTech field for 30 years. Prior to his career in search, he spent time at Johnson + Johnson and Boston Scientific.