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Diversity, Inclusion, & Health Equity Symposium

  • Drinker Biddle Law Offices 191 North Upper Wacker Drive Chicago, IL, 60606 United States (map)

Diversity, Inclusion & Health Equity Symposium

Wednesday, June 27, 2018  |  8:00 AM – 4:00 PM CST
Drinker Biddle | 191 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 3700 | Chicago, IL 60606

About the symposium

The 8th annual Diversity, Inclusion, & Health Equity Symposium is a leading annual, collaborative event focusing on health equity and health disparities in the U.S. The symposium brings together leading healthcare professionals, executives, physicians, patient groups, patients, researchers, academics, clinical trial professionals, and diversity and inclusion advocates to discuss health equity in the life sciences and the health sectors. The symposium focuses on the latest trends, challenges, opportunities in both the marketplace and workplace, with a specific focus on how to best serve an increasingly diverse patient base. We also aim to address the broader health disparity challenges in the U.S., and the symposium equips attendees with the latest insights and ideas. Attendees will learn practical solutions, share perspectives, and meet new industry and marketplace colleagues.


Why Attend?

JOIN the world’s #1 symposium focusing specifically on health equity and diversity

UNDERSTAND clinical trials obstacles and how to make the clinical trial ecosystem more diverse and inclusive for all patients

ACQUIRE knowledge on how to reduce health disparities by building culturally competent organizations best suited to provide care for diverse patient populations

FOCUS on building inclusive organizational cultures that attracts the best and brightest people, resulting in a diverse and innovative workforce

DISCUSS how to strategically reduce health disparities to create a more equitable U.S. healthcare system

CREATE a workplace that embraces and promotes an inclusive environment by leveraging the latest D&I trends and ideas

LEARN to leverage a more diverse marketplace and a more inclusive workforce to create bottom line growth opportunities

NETWORK and share ideas with many of the country’s leading health sector professionals who are passionate about health equity and diversity


Distinguished Keynote Speaker

Ronald Copeland, MD, FACS

Senior Vice President
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Kaiser Permanente

Dr. Copeland is senior vice president of National Diversity and Inclusion strategy and policy and chief Diversity and Inclusion officer for Kaiser Permanente.

Dr. Copeland is a member of Kaiser Permanente’s Executive Diversity and Inclusion Council, a group composed of the chairman/CEO and other C-level leaders who oversee executive accountability for embedding the diversity and inclusion strategy throughout the organization. Additionally, he is chair of the Kaiser Permanente National Diversity and Inclusion Council, which develops and implements the diversity and inclusion strategy and policy recommendations.

A board-certified general surgeon, Dr. Copeland joined Kaiser Permanente in 1988 after a six-year honorable tour of duty in the United States Air Force Medical Corps. Prior to his current role, Dr. Copeland served as president and executive medical director of the Ohio Permanente Medical Group. The Rochester, N.Y., native earned his bachelor’s
degree from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from University of Cincinnati Medical College. He completed his residency in general surgery at State University of New York Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. He also attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Currently, Dr. Copeland is a member of the Council of U.S. Diversity and Inclusion Executives of The Conference Board; a fellow of The American College of Surgeons; a member of the advisory panel for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute; a member of the advisory board of Talent Management Alliance; a member of Advancing Women Executives; a board member of the National Organization on Disability; a committee member of the National Quality Forum Disparities Standing Committee; and a member of True Blue Inclusion. In January 2016, Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Dr. Copeland as one of “15 hospital and health systems chief diversity officers to know.”

Distinguished Speakers and Panelists


8:00 AM
Registration, Breakfast, & Networking

8:45 AM
Opening Remarks

9:00 AM
Panel Discussion: Health Equity in the U.S.: Understanding Health Disparities

10:00 AM
Case Study: Examples in Cultural Competency

11:00 AM
Panel Discussion: How Does D&I Impact the Bottom Line?

12:00 PM
Panel Discussion: An Unbiased and Data-Driven Approach to Health Equity

12:30 PM

1:15 PM
Distinguished Keynote Address: Dr. Ronald Copeland, MD

2:15 PM
Presentation: Designing for Trust

2:45 PM
Panel Discussion: Diversity in Clinical Trials and Research

3:45 PM
Concluding Remarks

4:00 PM
Reception & Networking