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The Business Case For Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Promoting Better Healthcare & Enhancing Commercial Success

December 1, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm EST



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    In crafting business strategies for broad commercial success in medtech product development, identifying and understanding the full range of patient populations and their unmet needs is essential to avoid missed market opportunities. There is also growing awareness that bringing in leadership with new insights and perspectives, for both general and historically overlooked patient populations, can strengthen planning and execution of critical paths seeking deeper, more successful market penetration.
    An emerging model for medtech industry organizations in both product development and delivery is incorporating a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) program. Done well, DEI can provide a competitive business edge, while demonstrating a commitment to better healthcare results and quality of life for all potential patients.
    In this forum, you will hear from accomplished professionals within the healthcare industry who are passionate about DEI. They will share the challenges they have faced in advancing DEI as well as tools, approaches, and best practices found to be the most effective in improving healthcare outcomes and yielding superior business results.
      Charisse Sparks, MD, FAAOS

      Charisse Sparks, MD, FAAOS

      VP, Integrated Leader, Trauma / CMF / Biomaterials, DePuy Synthes, Johnson & Johnson

      One of the first three African American female Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons in the country, Dr. Sparks will provide an overview of J&J’s Health Equity initiative and its impact on addressing /eliminating health inequities for people of color.
      Manny Lazaro

      Manny Lazaro

      Senior Vice President, Clinical Development Operations, Jounce Therapeutics, Inc.

      With almost 3 decades of experience in early-to-late stage drug development, Mr. Lazaro will describe the importance of diversity in clinical trials, challenges of enrolling diverse trial participants, and best practices for achieving success.
      Sabina Holland, MD

      Sabina Holland, MD

      Asst. Professor of Medicine, First Generation & Under-represented in Medicine Program, Alpert Medical School of Brown University

      An Asst. Prof of Medicine at Brown Univ. and a pediatric physician in immunology at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Dr. Holland will highlight her work to enhance diversity in medicine. Studies show that hospitals with treatment providers who more closely mirror the populations they serve improves healthcare access for diverse populations.


      Andres Echeverri

      Andres Echeverri

      VP, Business Development & Strategic Accounts, Quality Interactions, Inc.

      Mr. Echeverri will provide an overview of his work and successes with healthcare organizations on the importance of cultural competency to close the gaps in health care access among the diverse and marginalized populations.
      Ingrid Palacios - MODERATOR

      Ingrid Palacios - MODERATOR

      Multicultural Community Outreach Program Manager

      Ms. Palacios currently works as a Multicultural Community Outreach Program Manager at New England Donor Services, where she develops cultural intelligent programs to provide education about Organ and Tissue donation (in English and Spanish), and promotes donor registration within diverse multicultural communities in all the states of New England. She will address the importance of multicultural community outreach.
      Glenn Wambolt  -  EVENT CHAMPION

      Glenn Wambolt - EVENT CHAMPION

      HR Executive-Independent Consultant; MDG Boston BOD, VP People and Culture

      Glenn was invited to join the MDG Boston BOD in 2021. He is a progressive, results-oriented HR Executive with over 25 years of experience providing thought leadership to CEO’s and senior leadership teams of global organizations in the healthcare, manufacturing, and high-technology /software industries.
      Hamsini Sundararaman - EVENT CHAMPION

      Hamsini Sundararaman - EVENT CHAMPION

      Medical Device Bioengineer

      Hamsini is a recent graduate of Northeastern University with a Master’s Degree in Bioengineering with a specialization in medical device design and bio-imaging.


      Dec 1, 2021: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm EDT

      • 4:30 – 5:00 General Networking
      • 5:00 – 6:00 Panelist Forum
      • 6:00 – 6:30+ Meet the Speakers & More Networking

      All Zoom links for the Forum and Networking sessions
      will be sent upon registration and again just prior to the event.


      December 1, 2021
      4:30 pm - 6:30 pm EST
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      MDG Boston