On September 22, Zoetis was named among the top ten on Working Mother magazine’s "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" list for the second consecutive year. This is the 30th year that the publication has selected the top 100 companies in the U.S. that have demonstrated their commitment to progressive workplace programs such as flexibility, advancement, paid family leave and childcare.

“Zoetis is honored to once again be named one of Working Mother magazine’s top ten companies for working moms,” said Roxanne Lagano, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Zoetis. “Zoetis is committed to cultivating an environment where everyone can balance their work and life responsibilities. We are proud to be recognized for our leadership in establishing policies, programs and a corporate culture that supports not only working mothers, but all colleagues.”

Zoetis ranked highly by Working Mother for its benefits and work-life programs, health and wellness offerings, back-up child care, employee discounts, paid time off, leaves of absence, adoption assistance and tuition aid programs. Zoetis was also acknowledged for its Women’s Council networking group in the U.S., a grass-roots organization of approximately 500 members who share best practices on issues such as work-life balance and financial planning for families.

Raksha Tiwari Named Working Mother of the Year for Zoetis

Raksha Tiwari, senior principal scientist at the Zoetis Research & Development headquarters in Kalamazoo, Mich., has been named by Zoetis as the company’s 2015 Working Mother of the Year. Ms. Tiwari joined Zoetis in 2008 and has made significant contributions to the development of the company’s animal health solutions that serve both veterinarians and livestock producers.

Raksha Tiwa and family
Raksha Tiwari, Senior Principal Scientist at Zoetis, with husband Parag Chary and 
daughters Aarna (3) and Radha (7).

“When I joined Zoetis I was seven months pregnant, and my manager offered me a flexible work schedule, which helped me to excel at work while balancing a new baby at home,” said Ms. Tiwari. “I also felt fortunate to be with a company that allowed me to pursue a career as a research scientist and explore several different therapeutic areas of interest to me.  Because of these opportunities, I worked on a range of projects from the early stages of research to the later stages of product development and approval.  I was able to grow professionally -- and personally with my family -- while making an impact on the company and the animal health industry.”

Ms. Tiwari now has two daughters, ages seven and three. “Zoetis allows me to be there when they need me,” she said. “I hope to continue shaping the supportive culture for working mothers at Zoetis.”

Working Mother magazine will feature profiles on both Zoetis and Ms. Tiwari in the October/November issue and online today at www.workingmother.com. The complete list of Working Mother’s 2015 100 Best Companies can be found here.