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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.

Executive Conversations on Health Equity


Brenda Battle

Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Officer at UChicago Medicine

Brenda Battle, MBA, BSN, joined the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences Division in 2012 as Vice President, Urban Health Initiative, University of Chicago Medicine. In her role Battle is responsible for collaborating with medical and administrative leadership to foster innovation in the University of Chicago Medicine’s care delivery system, assist in the implementation of new models of care and facilitate integration of care between the hospital and community. Battle is also the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the University of Chicago Medical Center. In this role, she is responsible for crafting strategies and programs to create an environment that promotes diversity, inclusion and equitable care delivery models. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Battle was the director of the Center for Diversity and Cultural Competence for Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. In her role, Battle oversaw programs to eliminate health disparities and to promote diversity, cultural competence and health literacy within Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medical Center Campus.

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Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH

Chief Health Equity Officer at American Medical Association

Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH is a highly proficient physician with demonstrated excellence and leadership in public health, health equity, and preventive medicine. Dr. Maybank recently joined the American Medical Association (AMA) in April 2019 as their inaugural Chief Health Equity Officer and Vice President. Her role is to embed health equity in all the work of the AMA and to launch a Center for Health Equity. Prior to this in 2014, Dr. Maybank became an Associate Commissioner, and later a Deputy Commissioner, and launched the Center for the Health Equity, a new division in the NYC Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene geared towards strengthening and amplifying the Health Department’s work in advancing health equity. She also teaches medical and public health students on topics related to health inequities, public health leadership and management, physician advocacy, and community organizing in health. Currently, Dr. Maybank serves as President of the Empire State Medical Association, the NYS affiliate of the National Medical Association.

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Shelton Goode, DPA

Chief Executive Officer/President at Icarus Consulting

Dr. Shelton Goode is a diversity and inclusion executive with over 20 years of human resource, business and university-teaching experience. He has held executive human resource and diversity positions for companies ranging in size from $300M to $11B+ and has developed or implemented talent management programs, performance management systems, sales incentive plans, labor relations strategies, and large-scale culture change initiatives., Dr. Goode was a senior D&I leader at the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Agency, Oshkosh Corporation, Pennsylvania Power & Light (PPL), Georgia Power, Southern Company, and Alabama Power. Based on the results achieved in these positions earned the reputation as a strategic, yet results-oriented HR, D&I business leader. The author of “Diversity Managers: Angels of Mercy or Barbarians at the Gate”, Dr. Goode learned the value of diversity management first-hand by rolling up his sleeves and providing CEOs and senior executives with counsel, insight, resources, tools and innovative ideas that helped advanced their companies’ strategic business goals. For the last 10 years, he has leverage seasoned leadership and consulting skills to help companies implement diversity management initiatives which enhanced their talent acquisition, employee retention, and employee engagement strategies.


Julius Pryor III

Chair of the Board of Directors at CHI

Julius Pryor helps companies leverage Diversity & Inclusion to accelerate innovation and drive business results. He’s held executive roles at Johnson & Johnson (J&J), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), Russell Athletic, Abbott Labs and Takeda Pharmaceuticals. He was Vice President of Global Diversity at both J&J and Coke. Most recently, Julius served as Head of Innovation, Diversity & Inclusion at biotech leader Genentech. Julius combines a unique vision for the future of D&I, a strong grounding in sales and management, and insights into what works across different industries and sectors. Julius saw the power of diversity to accomplish results during his 26 years of service in the U.S. Navy. He is a U.S. Navy Captain, Surface Warfare Officer and Instructor for the Navy Officer Leadership Development Program. He’s held numerous Navy leadership roles including, Unit Commanding Officer and Fleet Staff Officer. He had the honor of serving on the re-commissioning crew of the historic USS Missouri (BB-63). Julius graduated from Morehouse College and The Williston Northampton School (Easthampton, MA).

Distinguished Speakers and Panelists



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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 Drives Business Outcomes

11:45 AM
Executive Conversations on Health Equity:

Brenda Battle, Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Officer, UChicago Medicine

Dr. Aletha Maybank, Chief Health Equity Officer, American Medical Association

12:10 PM

Executive Conversations on Health Equity:

Dr. Shelton Goode, Chief Executive Officer/President, Icarus Consulting

Julius Pryor III, Chairman of the Board, CHI

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
Cultural Competent Healthcare Case Study: Dr. Eloiza Domingo-Snyder, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Astellas

3:15 PM
Panel: The Need for Culturally Competent Healthcare Professionals

4:15 PM
Closing Remarks & Reception