INROADS Partners with Zoetis for Diversity Opportunities in Animal Health

Diverse high school students will receive opportunities in the veterinary and animal health industries through this partnership.

Roxanne Lagano is Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer and Global Operations of Zoetis, as well as a member of the National Board of INROADS.

INROADS is partnering with Zoetis to help create future innovators, scientists and veterinarians by investing to identify and develop talent early. INROADS College Links is an innovative program that seeks to close the knowledge and skills gap that often plagues talented and underserved youth, particularly from racial minority communities. Zoetis’ investment will be used to expand INROADS College Links in Newark, New Jersey, to support communities of color.

“As the world leader in animal health, Zoetis wants to help bring more talented students from diverse backgrounds into our industry and have them join us in nurturing the world and humankind by advancing animal care,” said Roxanne Lagano, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer and Global Operations of Zoetis, as well as a member of the National Board of INROADS. “By partnering with INROADS, we want to show students that there are many career opportunities in animal health – from veterinary medicine and digital marketing to finance, sales, and much, much more. As a company headquartered in New Jersey, we are excited to showcase our company and our industry to a new generation of students in Newark and across the nation.

“Zoetis understands that now, more than ever is a time for us to wrap our arms around our youth. Their commitment to INROADS will allow us to serve hundreds more youth across the country, help them rise above limiting obstacles in their lives, and place them on a path to college success and career advancement. The company’s support will help impact more than 11,000 College Links families over three years,” said Forest T. Harper Jr., President and CEO, INROADS, Inc.

Founded in 1970, INROADS has earned a reputation for providing sustainable corporate solutions for underserved and talented youth. Their programs have propelled the careers of Black corporate leaders and influential start-up founders. In 2010, INROADS College Links was established to give high school students early exposure to skills and leadership development training. INROADS College Links operates in Newark, Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Oakland, Dallas, Orlando, and Washington, DC. INROADS College Links is in the process of expanding to 25 markets in the next three years.

About Zoetis

Zoetis is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 65 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures, and commercializes medicines, vaccines, and diagnostic products, which are complemented by biodevices, genetic tests, and precision livestock farming. Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers, and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals with sales of its products in more than 100 countries. In 2019, the company generated annual revenue of $6.3 billion with approximately 10,600 employees. For more information, visit


INROADS was founded more than 50 years ago. Inspired by the famed I Have a Dream speech, Frank Carr founded INROADS to remove career barriers to corporate opportunities for people of color. Today, INROADS is credited with establishing the Black middle class. With more than 30,000 alumni, INROADS is the largest nonprofit organization committed to leadership and career development for underserved and underrepresented talent in the world. INROADS has placed students in more than 154,000 paid internships throughout its history and graduated more than 30,000 alumni into full-time professional and leadership positions with more than 1,000 corporate partners. Currently, INROADS serves 800-1,300 interns and 200 corporate clients. Learn more at and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn: @INROADSInc. 






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