Diversity, Inclusion, & Life Sciences Symposium 2015

Diversity, Inclusion, & Life Sciences Symposium 2015 

September 2015  |  Executive Summary

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Key Insight

“The healthcare and life science ecosystems are undergoing a rapid demographic change which will have major implications for the marketplace and workplace."



Welcome to this executive summary of the Center for Healthcare Innovation’s 5th annual Diversity, Inclusion, & Life Sciences Symposium, which took place in Chicago, IL, USA on June 10, 2015. The Symposium is the world’s leading annual event focusing on diversity and the life sciences. It is an interactive and collaborative forum for life science and healthcare executives, entrepreneurs, policymakers, researchers, scientists, technologists, academics, and service providers to discuss best practices, challenges, and opportunities at the crucial interface of diversity, healthcare, and the life science industry.

The Symposium featured some of the world’s leading healthcare, life science, and diversity experts coming together in a collaborative setting to discuss the most pressing diversity issues facing the healthcare and life sciences industries in the 21st century. Panel discussions included Leveraging Employee Resource Groups for Success, Understanding Obstacles to Clinical Trials & Healthcare for Underrepresented Populations, and Recruiting & Developing a Diverse Workforce. The Symposium also featured a Distinguished Keynote Address by Mr. David Ford, Vice President of Human Re- sources at Sanofi, and a Distinguished Welcoming Address by Mr. Julius Pryor III, Head of Innovation, Diversity & Inclusion at Genentech.

This executive summary captures some of the insights, ideas, best practices, and new perspectives from the Symposium’s distinguished speakers, panelists, and other experts. It is meant to serve as a summary of the innovative ideas and insights regarding diversity and inclusion for healthcare and the life sciences. We hope it can be a resource for you and your organization as you think about diversity in the 21st century.  


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Joseph Gaspero

CEO & Co-Founder at CHI


Brandon Bernhardt

Analyst at CHI


Olivia Fowler

Analyst at CHI


Event Sponsors

Joseph Gaspero is the CEO and Co-Founder of CHI. He is a healthcare executive, strategist, and researcher. He co-founded CHI in 2009 to be an independent, objective, and interdisciplinary research and education institute for healthcare. Joseph leads CHI’s research and education initiatives focusing on including patient-driven healthcare, patient engagement, clinical trials, drug pricing, and other pressing healthcare issues. He sets and executes CHI’s strategy, devises marketing tactics, leads fundraising efforts, and manages CHI’s Management team. Joseph is passionate and committed to making healthcare and our world a better place. His leadership stems from a wide array of experiences, including founding and operating several non-profit and for-profit organizations, serving in the U.S. Air Force in support of 2 foreign wars, and deriving expertise from time spent in industries such as healthcare, financial services, and marketing. Joseph’s skills include strategy, management, entrepreneurship, healthcare, clinical trials, diversity & inclusion, life sciences, research, marketing, and finance. He has lived in six countries, traveled to over 30 more, and speaks 3 languages, all which help him view business strategy through the prism of a global, interconnected 21st century. Joseph has a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Chicago. When he’s not immersed in his work at CHI, he spends his time snowboarding backcountry, skydiving, mountain biking, volunteering, engaging in MMA, and rock climbing.