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The Future of Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity in Medicine & Technology Workshop

  • Latham & Watkins 505 Montgomery St # 2000 San Francisco, CA United States (map)

The Future of Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity in Medicine & Technology Workshop

Friday, September 20, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Latham & Watkins | 505 Montgomery St # 2000 | San Francisco, CA 94111

About the Workshop

This workshop brings together best-in-class physicians, diversity and equity professionals, technologists, entrepreneurs, healthcare executives, investors, researchers, and healthcare professionals from the Bay Area and across the U.S. to discuss the interesting intersection of equity, healthcare, and technology. The emphasis will be on compelling, cross-functional, and inter-disciplinary themes. The workshop will focus on the opportunities, challenges, and best practices of leveraging technology to make modern healthcare more equitable for all patients. Additionally, 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 critical importance of diversity, inclusion, and engagement for modern organizations. This workshop is a collaborative, 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.

Why Attend?

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 relationships among AI, technology, diversity, and equity

FOCUS on the interesting intersection of business, management, strategy, and technology

NETWORK with best-in-class entrepreneurs, executives, investors, policymakers, researchers, scientists, and technologists from the Bay Area and across the U.S.

Key organizations represented include: Apple, Black Girls Code, California College of Arts, eBay, Girl Stem Stars, HP, J&J, San Francisco Arts Commission, Siemens Healthineers, Stanford University, and University of California Berkeley.

Event Chair

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Dr. James Gillespie, PhD, JD, MPA

President of the Center for Healthcare Innovation

Dr. James J. Gillespie, PhD, JD, MPA, is a consultant, researcher, and scholar in the application of advanced analytics, business intelligence, and big data to address challenges and opportunities for healthcare, biopharmaceutical, medical, and technology companies. His research has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed academic outlets and top industry/trade journals, and he is the lead author of the book: "Patient-Centric Analytics in Health Care: Driving Value in Clinical Settings and Psychological Practice” published by Lexington Books. With two MD physician colleagues, he is working on a new book: "AI and Machine Learning: Revolutionizing the Future of Healthcare and Medicine." Dr. Gillespie’s research has appeared in Academy of Management Review, American Behavioral Scientist, European Journal of Social Psychology, Federal Reserve Bank, Harvard Business Review, and Strategic Management Journal. His education includes Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, M.A., Ph.D.; Harvard University School of Law, J.D.; Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy, M.P.A.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S.; Carnegie Mellon University Heinz School; and Rand Graduate School.

Distinguished Keynote Address


Doug Harris

Chief Executive Officer of The Kaleidoscope Group

Doug Harris is the Chief Executive Officer of The Kaleidoscope Group with over 25 years of experience in the field of diversity & inclusion consulting. Prior to joining Bea Young Associates in 1993, Doug worked for several years as a consultant and trainer for Harbridge House, Inc. where he facilitated diversity & inclusion education sessions with senior executives of Fortune 500 organizations.  Today, as the leader of The Kaleidoscope Group, Doug empowers organizations to achieve their diversity and inclusion goals. His knowledge and expertise guides organizations through the creation of customized strategies that address the specific diversity needs of the business. He has extensive experience working with senior executives to champion diversity and develop commitment and enthusiasm across all employee groups.  His energy and passion for the work is contagious and people seldom walk away without a memorable experience.  Some of Doug’s clients include: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Coca-Cola Enterprise, CNA, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, John G. Shedd Aquarium, Farmers Insurance, McDonald’s Corporation, Nationwide Insurance, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, Provena Health, The Federal Reserve Banks, The Wharton School, Watson Wyatt Worldwide, and several nonprofit social service/government agencies.

Distinguished Participants

Carol Sands Langensand

Founder & Managing Partner of The Angels’ Forum and The Halo Fund

Carol Sands is the Founder and the Managing Partner of The Angels’ Forum and The Halo Funds. She has 30 years of experience with investing, entrepreneurial, and large corporate institutions. She is interested in investing in capital efficient, fast growing companies, across technology and life sciences. In 1997, Carol formed The Angels’ Forum, an innovative angel group, and has grown it to the top rated angel group in the Silicon Valley. The Angels’ Forum organizes individual investors with previous entrepreneurial experience to invest using a venture capital model for due diligence, mentoring, and board management. In 2000, The Halo Funds were launched. With 3 funds and over $40 million under management, Halo Funds invested in early stage, Silicon Valley based start ups. A globally recognized expert, Carol consults with government officials and corporations about early-stage investing and innovation. She teaches two courses at Stanford University’s Continuing Education Program and has guest lectured at other universities around the world.

Christine Meinders

Founder of Feminist.AI

Christine is a design strategist and emerging technologies designer who uses collaborative and inclusive design approaches to creating AI design tools and developing community-driven, social AI projects. She hold an MFA in Media Design Practices from ArtCenter College of Design and an MA in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. The general focus of her research is the design and user experience of artificial intelligence (AI); currently, she primarily research civic and health sectors. In addition to design research, a varied experience in hands-on prototyping and workshops also shapes her approach to design inquiries. Christine believes that human-centered design and inclusivity brings focus and purpose to her research methods. Accordingly, her recent work in AI design and research has primarily been community-driven and uses AI design approaches to physical and digital products to enhance human experiences.

Distinguished Opening Remarks


Dr. Ronald Copeland

Member of the Board at Center for Healthcare Innovation

SVP of National Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Strategy and Policy and Chief Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Officer for Kaiser Permanente

Ronald L. Copeland, MD, FACS, is senior vice president of National Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity strategy and policy and chief equity, inclusion and diversity officer for Kaiser Permanente. He leads Kaiser Permanente's efforts to ensure our strategic vision for equity, inclusion, and diversity is successfully implemented to drive strategic business and mission outcomes and results in all Kaiser Permanente members achieving health and health care outcomes that are high quality, equitable, and increasingly more affordable.  

A recently retired 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. Dr. Copeland served as president and executive medical director of the Ohio Permanente Medical Group prior to assuming his current role in 2012.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and medical degree from University of Cincinnati Medical College and 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. 

In the fall of 2016, Dr. Copeland was appointed to the board of Kaiser Permanente’s School of Medicine (opening in 2020). He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons; a board member of the National Organization on Disability and the Center for Healthcare Innovation; an advisory board member for the Centre for Global Inclusion; a committee member of the National Quality Forum Disparities Standing Committee. In January 2016, Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Dr. Copeland as one of “15 hospital and health systems chief diversity officers to know.”



Julius Pryor III

Chair of the Board at Center for Healthcare Innovation

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.


Bhavini Shah, MBA

Customer Success Director of Healthcare & Life Sciences at Salesforce

Ms. Bhavini Shah, MBA, is a Customer Success Director of Healthcare & LifeSciences at Salesforce. She is a healthcare expert with expertise in strategic planning, sale operations, and marketing. She has held positions in the payer, provider, and pharma sectors. She was an Executive Director of System Planning & Strategic Development at Carle, where she was responsible for the strategic development team and regional teams. Prior to that, she was the Senior Director of Project Management at Siemens Healthcare, where she was responsible for managing the portfolio of strategic projects for the region. Ms. Shah also held positions at Blue Cross Blue Shield, where she worked as the Senior Manager of Strategic Relations and led collaborations across 5 organizations in the development of a community medical record exchange solution. Prior to that, she was the Manager of E-Commerce at Blue Cross Blue Shield. Ms. Shah received her MBA in Strategy, Marketing and Finance from University of Chicago-Booth School of Business. She is experienced in helping organizations through times of transformation. Ms. Shah has the analytical skills with the ability to help organizations gain new insights and develop new strategies.



Key Contacts

CHI Board Program Leads

Dr. Ronald Copeland

CHI Executive Team

Julius Pryor III

Dr. James Gillespie

Joseph Gaspero





9:00 AM
Registration & Networking

9:20 AM
Welcoming Comments: Joseph Gaspero & Kirt Switzer

9:30 AM
Distinguished Opening Remarks: Dr. Ronald Copeland

9:45 AM
Workshop Module 1: Led by Julius Pryor III & Bhavini Shah

10:30 AM

10:45 AM
Distinguished Keynote Address: Doug Harris

11:15 AM
Workshop Module 2: Led by Julius Pryor III & Bhavini Shah

11:55 AM
Distinguished Closing Remarks: Daniel Settelmayer & Julius Pryor III