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Leadership 2021: Catalyzing diversity, connecting with communities and advancing equity

Health Evolution’s virtual Confab 2021 will convene leaders to address challenging issues such as creating a culture of diversity and tolerance, charting a path forward and leading with compassion.

Tom Sullivan | November 4, 2020

Diversity in C-suites and board rooms is more critical than ever. While the gender disparities and civil injustices Americans are witnessing in 2020 illustrate that reality, the time for simply observing and discussing disparities is over.  

Today’s leaders must take action to eradicate inequities. Focusing on diversity and inclusion, in fact, makes smart business sense. Having tracked diversity among leadership teams since 2014, McKinsey & Company determined that organizations in the top quartile by gender diversity financially outperformed those in the bottom quartile by 25 percent in 2019. Moreover, when executive teams are ethnically diverse, the enterprises financially outperform others by 36 percent.  

The path forward to an equitable system that enables individuals to achieve optimal health requires intentional leadership,” said Patrice Harris, MD, immediate past-President of the American Medical Association. Harris will serve as one of two emcees for the Health Evolution Confab 2021. ChristianaCare President and CEO Janice Nevin, MD, will join Harris at the virtual gathering on April 13-14, 2021


Learn more about the Health Evolution Confab 2021


Health Evolution Confab is an intimate community of leaders committed to driving change by elevating dynamic, diverse voices leading health care. The Confab community of women and men has honest conversations about leadership challenges and pressing societal issues. The 2021 Confab will highlight initiatives to address racial diversity in leadership to accelerate health equity.   

“Leaders — women and men — come together at Confab to explore some of the most complex and challenging issues impacting health and wellbeing,” Nevin said. “The uniqueness of the voices in the room makes this gathering especially meaningful and effective.”  

The Confab agendadesigned to invigorate thinking and establish executive relationships that drive impactful change, include discussions about creating a culture of diversity and tolerance, increasing racial diversity to advance equity, leading with compassion and charting a path toward a more equitable health care system for all.  

In addition to Harris and Nevin, Confab 2021 discussion leaders include:  

    • Alex Drane, Co-Founder, Board Chair, Eliza; CEO & Co-Founder, Rebel Health and ARCHANGELS   
    • Carladenise Edwards, SVP & CSO, Henry Ford Health System 
    • Nadine Burke Harris, MD, Surgeon General, State of California  
    • Kim Keck, President & CEO, BCBS RI; Incoming BCBSA CEO  
    • Penny Wheeler, MD, President & CEO, Allina Health  
    • Laurie Zephyrin, MD, VP, Delivery System Reform, Commonwealth Fund   

“Leaders must be trustworthy by working hard to earn that trust; they must display humility when conversations are uncomfortable and complex; and effective leaders must commit to transformation in the equity, diversity and inclusion space,” Harris said. “It is critical that we gather leaders together to have these important conversations.”          

The Health Evolution Confab will take place April 13-14, 2021. Learn more

About the Author

Tom Sullivan, EVP & Editor-in-Chief of Digital Content

Tom Sullivan brings more than two decades in editing and journalism experience to Health Evolution. Sullivan most recently served as Editor-in-Chief at HIMSS, leading Healthcare IT News, Health Finance, MobiHealthNews. Prior to HIMSS Media, Sullivan was News Editor of IDG’s InfoWorld, directing a dozen reporters’ coverage for the weekly print publication and daily website.