ZS’s Black and Hispanic Alliance (BHA) is a network of ZSers who are committed to building awareness around the black and Hispanic ZSer experience. Our group plays a unique and vital role in uplifting black and Hispanic perspectives and voices across the company, and in respectfully challenging thought, encouraging participation and inspiring action. The Alliance strives toward a common goal of enhancing inclusion across our firm.


ZS is excited to announce that two of our very own, Nicole Francis-Mason and Monte Partee, are featured on Fairygodboss’s list of “women to watch” as Black Women Leading the Way in Corporate America.  Below, learn about Nicole and Monte.

Nicole is a true ambassador of ZS’s culture, sharing her years of experience with current, new and potential ZSers, and partnering with business leaders to support the firm's strategic objectives. As a leader in HR, Nicole helps to build professional growth opportunities through her leadership of learning and development programs. In addition to the many flagship learning programs that Nicole manages, including new hire orientation and career milestone progression programs, she works across the firm to ensure teams, leaders and individuals have the right solutions to build their skills, the right support to utilize their talent, and for a productive career journey. Nicole is also a leader of ZS’s Black and Hispanic Alliance and has been instrumental in shaping ZS’s response to the current crisis. Utilizing her human resources expertise, she has been sharing her stories and experiences and also providing advice and creating a place for all ZSers to share their voice and expand their understanding of what inclusion means at ZS. Nicole is passionate about enhancing the learning experience and programs at ZS to ensure a range of diverse voices keep our culture thriving.

Since Monte joined ZS this year to counsel clients on strategy and transformation and growth marketing solutions that deliver lasting value in the biopharma space, she has brought her thoughtful, strategic approach to both our clients and to our internal inclusion and diversity groups. In addition to her role of working with clients on commercial strategy, providing expertise around marketing, medical education, market access, field leadership, patient services and life cycle management - Monte also quickly took on leadership of the global Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) relationship and elevated our thinking to strengthen this partnership. With a clear vision of the benefits we can bring to HBA, Monte has formed a relationship that will be foundational for years to come. She also is a strong voice in our Black and Hispanic Alliance and recently moderated a discussion about being Black in America for 900+ ZSers that has been described as “the most moving, personal, and powerful webinar I have ever attended.”

ZS congratulates Nicole and Monte on being recognized for their professional impact at ZS and dedication to being powerful influences in our firm.

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