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.
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 agenda, designed 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:
“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.