The Future of Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity in Healthcare Symposium
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
About the Symposium
This symposium brings together best-in-class entrepreneurs, executives, investors, policymakers, researchers, scientists, and technologists drawn from the Atlanta metro region and across the United States. The symposium will focus on the interesting intersection of business, management, strategy, healthcare, and medicine. The emphasis will be on compelling, cross-functional, and inter-disciplinary themes. We will discuss the business case for how diversity, inclusion, and equity --in addition to being beneficial for humanity and society-- are catalytic for decreasing costs, increasing revenues, and ultimately driving higher profits at the organizational level. The event will punctuate the crucial importance of diversity, inclusion, and engagement for modern organizations. Most importantly, we will examine the “why” and “how” D&I are good for patients and their families. This will be an engaging, highly interactive exchange of ideas and information, with the hope and expectation that multiple subsequent collaborations between participants will emerge in the wake of the event.
LEARN the business case for how diversity, inclusion, and equity are catalytic for decreasing costs, increasing revenues, and ultimately driving higher profits at the organizational level
UNDERSTAND the critical importance of diversity, inclusion, and engagement for modern organizations.
DISCUSS the “why” and “how” D&I are good for patients and their families.
FOCUS on the interesting intersection of business, management, strategy, healthcare, and medicine
NETWORK with best-in-class entrepreneurs, executives, investors, policymakers, researchers, scientists, and technologists drawn from the Atlanta metro region and across the U.S.
Key organizations represented include: American Red Cross, Anthem, Atlanta VA Medical Center, Becton Dickinson, Biogen, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, City of Atlanta, Emory University School of Medicine, Essilor Labs, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Intermountain Healthcare, J&J, Kaiser Permanente, Medical College of Georgia, Morehouse School of Medicine, Northrop Grumman, Northside Hospital, Northside Hospital System, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, PerkinElmer, Pfizer, Piedmont Healthcare, and University of Georgia.
Distinguished Keynote Address
Dr. William H. Carson, M.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization
Dr. Willima Carson is the President and CEO of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. (OPDC); a company of the Tokyo-based Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company which reports to Otsuka Holdings. He has a proven track record of successful clinical development of pharmaceutical compounds leading to worldwide regulatory authority approvals and oversees the development of Otsuka’s global compounds. He is responsible for functions leading to the approval of the first digital medicine, Abilify MyCite. He is a board member of OPDC, Avanir and Internet 2. He is Board Chair Emeritus of the Sphinx Organization which promotes diversity in the arts. Dr. Carson is a board-certified psychiatrist and holds an A.B. Degree from Harvard College and a M.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the National Medical Association and the Executive Leadership Council.
Distinguished Welcoming Address
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). He sits on the boards of the Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership and the Center for Healthcare Innovation. He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, having pledged at the legendary Psi Chapter at Morehouse College. Julius is the author of Thriving in a Disruptive World: 6 Critical Concepts for Navigating the 21st Century.
Cassandra Cantave, MS, is a Senior Research Advisor for AARP. She has conducted extensive research on issues affecting economically disadvantaged and marginalized populations. Cassandra is passionate about issues that affect women of color, LGBTQ/SGL individuals, young adults, and multicultural populations. She has tackled and helped support advocacy efforts around caregiving, consumer protections, workplace protections, age discrimination, and livable communities. Cassandra is adept at engaging diverse audiences as a lecturer and has an extensive career in the non-profit sector in Washington, DC. Cassandra completed her Master’s degree in Sociology from Howard University. She has also obtained her Bachelor’s in Sociology from SUNY at Buffalo.
CAPT Robin Hunter Buskey, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C, has been a certified PA for over 30 years, and is a Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service. She is the Southeast Region Advanced Practice Provider and PA representative to the Mid-Level Advanced Practice Provider Advisory Board for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, where she has worked since 2003. Her career has included work in internal medicine, emergency medicine, substance abuse, long-term care and obstetrics and gynecology. Hunter-Buskey has been President of the New York State Society of PAs and President of the PA Foundation (PAF). She also previously served on the Board of the Federation of State Medical Boards and as a member of the North Carolina Medical Board. In 2013, she became a member-at-large on the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
Ikeranda Smith, PhD, is an enthusiastic leader, scholar practitioner, and social change agent with over a decade of experience serving humanity through efforts that aim to build and strengthen communities by finding innovative ways to integrate psychology in traditional settings. Her areas of interest include gender equity, cross racial dialogue, attachment styles, psychological disorders that are rooted in trauma and building communities that promote safety and healing. As a Coach, Ikeranda is focused on efforts that aim to establish transformational learning experiences that cultivate collective care for individuals who are committed to doing their work. She is committed to helping people remove the barriers that interfere with how they connect with others. As a queer woman of color, Ikeranda is committed to helping individuals gain a better sense of self-efficacy and learn how to engage in amazing connections that foster greater self awareness.
Registration, Breakfast, & Networking
Welcoming Comments: Roger Mosley, Director of Strategic Partnerships at CHI
Distinguished Welcoming Address: Julius Pryor III, Chair of the Board of Directors at CHI
Panel Discussion: Health Equity Trends, Challenges, & Opportunities
Distinguished Keynote Address: Dr. William Carson, MD, President and CEO of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization
Case Study: Transformation Journeys Worldwide
Closing Remarks & Recap