Culturally Competent Healthcare Agenda


Data points:

  • All healthcare companies (hospitals, pharmas, insurers, biotechs) are trying hard to reach increasingly diverse US population
  • Hospitals have the greatest challenge because their workforces are disproportionally Black and female, but their senior management has far less diversity
  • Comparing the Top 5 Hospitals to the DiversityInc Top 50 and US statistics (EEOC)
  • Workforce has 60 percent more women than the Top 50 and national average
  • Workforce has 63 precent more Blacks than the Top 50 and 29 percent more than national average
  • For top 3 levels (senior execs), hospitals have 6 percent fewer women than the Top 50 and 10 percent fewer women than national average as well as one-fifth of the number of Blacks in the Top 50 and 38 percent fewer Blacks than national average


  • Learn how to recruit, retain and engage scientific/tech/healthcare workers from companies with strong track records, including youth-development initiatives
  • See results-driven best practices on engaging, retaining and promoting women in scientific jobs
  • Learn best practices to implement successful mentoring/sponsorship initiatives in healthcare/pharma environment
  • Discuss and analyzemodel of community brand image and its importance in improving market share

8:00-9:00 a.m. Networking Breakfast

9-9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks

9:15-9:45 a.m. Community Values and Market Share

Speaker: David Casey, VP, Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer, CVS Health


  • How CVS Health’s decisions (cigarettes, Baltimore) resonate with communities and help position their evolution to a healthcare company in the market
  • An example to other companies of how values-based business decisions have specific payoff

9:45-10:15 a.m. Finding Top STEM Candidates

Speaker: Marcus Schabacker, Chief Scientific Officer, Baxter International


  • Discuss gaps in STEM candidates globally and in US, especially women and under-represented groups. Fewer Millennials are majoring in STEM subjects than previous generations (White House) while STEM jobs are the top priority for companies (National Association of Colleges and Employers)
  • Baxter International will detail how the company has worked with colleges, recruiters and non-profits to both develop and engage young people to fill STEM jobs with demonstrable results

10:15-10:45a.m. Networking Break

10:45-11:45Panel: Professional Development: Finding the Right Mentors & Sponsors in Healthcare

Panelists:Genara S. Andrade, Ph.D., Planning Manager, DuPont; Jackie Glenn, Chief Diversity Officer and Dina McDonald, HR Operations Manager, EMC; Dr. Maia M. Jackson, Physician Director of Multicultural Services, Kaiser Permanente and Denisha Woods, Mentee of Dr. Jackson; Dr.Margaret McKenzie, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Cleveland Clinic; Sara Bose, Director, OUS Planning & Operations – Global Medical Affairs, R&D and Laura Cardona, Engineer, AbbVie


  • Specifically for tech/scientific positions, address who are the best mentors according to companies with high promotion and retention rates in scientific/tech jobs
  • Best practices on developing cross-cultural mentoring programs that help people, especially women, navigate corporate scientific/technical cultures and responsibilities

12:00-1:15 p.m. Networking Lunch

Lunch Speaker: Morris Dees, Co-Founder and Chief Trial Counsel for Southern Poverty Law Center

1:15-1:45p.m.Talent Development Case Study: How Johnson & Johnson Is Developing a Diverse Pipeline

Speaker: Wanda Hope, Chief Diversity Officer, Johnson & Johnson


  • Chief Diversity Officer Wanda Hope explains how her company is building a sustainable talent pipeline of diverse high potentials with best practices including enhanced employee-resource groups and stretch assignments
  • Wanda details how she dramatically increased her leadership diversity when she was a division manager and how her division had the best results

1:55-2:30 p.m. Panel: Professional Development: Best Strategies for Women in Scientific Jobs

Panelists: Susan Shiff, Senior Vice President, Merck Research Laboratories Division;Adrienne Davenport, Senior Manager, BASF


  • Specific examples of ways to get more women into scientific jobs. Panelists will share what motivated them and what obstacles they faced
  • Discussion of corporate work/life benefits and ability to have flexibility in scientific jobs (59% of US companies and 100% of DiversityInc Top 50 offer telecommuting and flexible hours)

2:30-2:45p.m.Closing Remarks

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