September 26, 2019 Share

Patricia Cornet to Receive Princeton-Blairstown Center’s Frank Broderick Award

Princeton-Blairstown Center (PBC) will present the 2019 Frank Broderick Award to Patricia L.N. Cornet, M.A., the co-founder & vice president of Women of Color in Pharma. Cornet also serves as Group Director and Lead, Community Partnerships, Strategic Collaborations, US Medical, for Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS). Presentation of the award will take place at PBC’s fall fundraiser, Soirée Under the Stars, at Springdale Golf Club on Friday, October 11th.

Patricia Cornet, WOCIP co-founder and vice president, 2019 Frank Broderick Award recipient.

The Frank Broderick Award is given annually to an individual who demonstrates a deep commitment to social justice, compassion, and selflessness – qualities that supported Mr. Broderick in his efforts to achieve racial integration of the Princeton Summer Camp and to mobilize those who advocated for racial integration of Princeton University in the 1940s.

Cornet will receive this award for her staunch advocacy for diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and in society. In 2015, she co-founded an informal network of women to address gaps for women of color in the pharmaceutical industry, Women of Color in Pharma (WOCIP). WOCIP’s vision is to transform the pharmaceutical landscape for women of color, breaking through hurdles and enabling personal and professional growth. Today, WOCIP includes membership of over 250 women globally, with more than 1,000 in the WOCIP network.

On September 13, Cornet presented at the United Nations as part of the Annual Ideagen Global Goals 2030 – Women & Girls Summit regarding WOCIP’s focus on underrepresented populations in positions of leadership impacting healthcare, and the 2030 Sustainability Goals WOCIP will support through the establishment of the WOCIP Foundation in 2020.

At BMS, Cornet is active in the People & Business Employee Resource Groups, Black Organization for Leadership Development (BOLD), and leads the Bristol-Myers Squibb Network of Women (BNOW) Connection Forum initiative.

Cornet joined BMS in 2004 as Global Trial Manager in Central Clinical Operations and later assumed the role of Senior Recruitment Manager – Shanghai, China. In 2009 she returned to the U.S., and in 2013, assumed the role of Strategic Lead Diversity & Patient Engagement. Here, she focused on developing partnerships with advocacy organizations, NGOs, and professional societies to bring the patient voice into the clinical development process and drive greater accessibility, awareness, and education of clinical trials across the portfolio, and ensured diversity in trial participation.

Cornet received her B.A in Biology from Arcadia University, and her M.A. in Human Services Administration from Rider University. She also completed the Columbia Business School LEAD (Leadership Engagement Acceleration Development) program.

In addition, Cornet is a mother, novice runner, and cellist. She has been actively involved in non-profits focused on the advancement of women and young girls, including the Board of Directors for the Westrick Music Academy (formerly Princeton Girlchoir), the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), and is a volunteer for the W.E.B Dubois Scholars Program at BMS.

About the Princeton-Blairstown Center:
The Princeton-Blairstown Center is an independent nonprofit with a mission to empower young people, primarily from under-resourced communities, to strengthen their social-emotional skills through experiential, environmental, and adventure-based programming. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) includes five core competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Our year-round, multi-service programs engage nearly 8,000 participants each year.