Diversity, Inclusion, & Life Sciences Symposium

191 N. Wacker Drive (#3700), Chicago, IL, 60606, USA

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Date & Time

Wednesday, June, 22 2016

8:00AM – 4:00PM CST – Reception After

The Diversity, Inclusion, & Life Sciences Symposium is the leading annual, collaborative symposium for life sciences and healthcare executives, physicians, HR professionals, clinical trial professionals and patients, entrepreneurs, patient groups, researchers, academics, and advocates to discuss diversity and inclusion in these crucial industries. The symposium focuses specifically on the latest trends, challenges, opportunities, and best practices of implementing strategies and tactics to make these industries more diverse and inclusive, as well as understand how to better serve different patient groups. Attendees will learn the newest insights and ideas, discuss practical solutions, and meet industry and marketplace colleagues. We invite you to explore our site and contact us with any questions or thoughts.


Distinguished Welcoming Address

Ms. Erica Dhawan
Founder & CEO of Cotential, Co-author of Bestselling Book, Strategist, & Keynote Speaker
Ms. Erica Dhawan is the Founder & CEO of Cotential, a global consultancy that helps organizations accelerate the connectedness of their people, customers, clients and other stakeholders to prepare for the workplace of tomorrow. As one of today’s most provocative business thinkers on the future of work, Erica advises business leaders and companies to lead markets through innovations that matter, create increasing value for customers and clients, deliver sustainable results and ensure future global competitiveness.
Erica Dhawan is the coauthor of the bestselling book: Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence rated #1 on What Corporate America is Reading. An in-demand speaker, Erica has spoken, worldwide, to organizations and enterprises that range from the World Economic Forum at Davos to U.S. and global Fortune 500 companies. Her clients range from Deloitte, Fidelity Investments, Credit Suisse, and Pepsico. Her writings have appeared in dozens of publications, including Fast Company, Forbes, and Harvard Business Review. In 2015, Erica was shortlisted for the Thinkers50 RADAR award, for the management thinker around the world most likely to shape the future of business, management and strategy and was named one of Levo 100’s Transformers alongside Chelsea Clinton and Alexis Ohanian. She serves as a board member to Deloitte’s Inclusion External Advisory Council and Lufthansa Innovation Hub. Erica also serves as a member of the Aspen Institute Socrates Society, World Economic Forum Global Shapers, and the Young Entrepreneur Council. She previously worked at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital and served as a research fellow at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership. She has an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, MBA from MIT Sloan, and BS at the Wharton School.
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Distinguished Panelists Include:

  • Welcoming Address: Ms. Erica Dhawan, MPA, Chief Executive Officer, Cotential; Strategist; Author
  • Keynote Address: Dr. Linda Scarazzini, RPh, MD, Vice President, Pharmacovigilance & Patient Safety, AbbVie
  • Dr. Neelum Aggarwal, MD, Neurologist, Rush University; Chief Diversity Officer, American Medical Women’s Association
  • Dr. Khaudeja Bano, Senior Medical Director, Medical Device Safety Head, AbbVie
  • Mr. Javier Barrientos, MBA, Senior Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Biogen
  • Dr. Benee Brown, PharmD, Medical Affairs Liaison, Sanofi
  • Ms. Leah Brown, JD, Founder, President & CEO, A10 Clinical Solutions
  • Dr. William Daley, MD, MPH, Vice President of Cardiovascular Thrombosis, Sanofi
  • Dr. Ian Davies, PhD, Executive Director, Chemistry, Merck Research Laboratories
  • Dr. Shailja Dixit, MD, MPH/MBA, MS, Executive Director, Medical Affairs, Allergan
  • Dr. Owen Garrick, MD, President & Chief Operating Officer, Bridge Clinical Research; Past President, Board of Directors, American Medical Association Foundation
  • Ms. Almenia Garvey, MS, Director, Health Care Alliances, ICON
    Ms. Tina Gilbert, MBA, Director, Inclusion and Diversity, Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • Dr. James Gillespie, PhD, JD, MPA, CEO, Center for Healthcare Innovation
  • Mr. Jose Fernando Gomez, MBA, Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, National Hispanic Life Sciences Society
  • Dr. Peter Juhn, MD, MPH, Vice President for Integrated Care Services, Global Diabetes, Sanofi
  • Ms. Dorcas Lind, MPH, President & Founder at Diversity Health Communications
  • Dr. Marty Martin, PsyD, MPH, Mobile Health Strategist, Coach, Leadership & Management Speaker, SRI Specialist; Director & Associate Professor DePaul University
  • Dr. Coleman Obasaju, MD, PhD, U.S. Medical Director, Oncology, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Ms. Cary Passaglia, MS, Administrative Director, Clinical Research Office, Northwestern University
  • Mr. Julius Pryor, Head of Innovation, Diversity & Inclusion, Genentech
  • Dr. Gary Puckrein, PhD, President & CEO, National Minority Quality Forum
  • Dr. Raymond Samuel, MD, PhD, Contact Principal Investigator & Project Director, Minority Men’s Health Initiative (MMHI); Assistant Dean for Research, School of Engineering & Technology, Hampton University
  • Dr. Joyce Steinberg, MD, Executive Medical Director, Astellas
  • Dr. Tom Summerfelt, PhD, MS, Vice President of Research, Advocate Health Care
  • Ms. Sheila Thorne, President & CEO, Multicultural Healthcare Marketing Group; Associate Clinical Professor, Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare
  • Dr. Scott Treiber, PhD, MBA, EVP, Biopharmaceutical Development & GM, Chiltern
  • Ms. Bernadette Tosti, Senior Director, Head of Patient Recruitment Programs, Quintiles
  • Dr. Chad Womack, PhD, National Director, STEM Initiatives and the UNCF-Merck Fellowship Program, United Negro College Fund
  • Ms. Fatema Zanzi, JD, Partner & Member of Diversity Committee, Drinker Biddle & Reath

“CHI’s Patient-Focused Roundtable featured an outstanding cross-sectional representation of healthcare experts which provided the basis for a stimulating discussion on the meaning of patient-centricity and value from diverse perspectives” – Dr. Greg Gilmet, MD, MPH, Vice President Medical and Scientific Affairs, Upsher-Smith Laboratories


Past Symposia

2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011


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