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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 26, 2019  |  8:00 AM – 4:15 PM CST
Drinker Biddle | 191 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 3700 | Chicago, IL 60606

About the symposium

The 9th 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 Address


Jonathan Holloway, PhD

Provost of Northwestern University

Jonathan Holloway became Provost of Northwestern University on August 1, 2017.  He is Northwestern University's Chief Academic Officer and an ex officio member of the faculty of each school. Provost Holloway specializes on post-emancipation United States history with a focus on social and intellectual history. He is the author of Confronting the Veil: Abram Harris Jr., E. Franklin Frazier, and Ralph Bunche, 1919-1941 (2002) and Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory and Identity in Black America Since 1940 (2013), both published by the University of North Carolina Press. He edited Ralph Bunche’s A Brief and Tentative Analysis of Negro Leadership (NYU Press, 2005) and co-edited Black Scholars on the Line: Race, Social Science, and American Thought in the 20th Century (Notre Dame University Press, 2007). He wrote an introduction for the 2015 edition of W.E.B. Du Bois’s Souls of Black Folk, published by Yale University Press, is under contract with Oxford University Press for a survey tentatively titled The Cause of Freedom: An Introduction to African American History, and is currently working on a new book, A History of Absence: Race and the Making of the Modern World. Before moving to Northwestern, Holloway was the Dean of Yale College and Edmund S. Morgan Professor of African American Studies, History, and American Studies at Yale University. Holloway received a bachelor’s degree with honors in American Studies from Stanford University and a PhD in History from Yale University. He began his academic career at the University of California, San Diego, before joining the faculty at Yale in 1999. Holloway serves on boards of the Chicago Botanic Society, Illinois Humanities, the National Humanities Alliance, the Society for United States Intellectual History, and the Organization of American Historians.





8:00 AM
Registration, Breakfast, & Networking

9:00 AM
Opening Remarks

9:15 AM
Panel: Understanding How Social Determinants Impact Health Inequities

10:30 AM
Panel: How Diversity Drive Business Outcomes

11:45 AM
Case Studies

12:30 PM

1:00 PM
Distinguished Keynote Address:

Dr. Jonathan Holloway, PhD, Provost of Northwestern University

1:45 PM
Panel: Demystifying Clinical Trials for Minority Patient Populations

3:00 PM
Panel: The Need for Culturally Competent Healthcare Professionals

4:15 PM
Closing Remarks & Reception