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Baystate Health Diversity & Inclusion Conference

Baystate Health Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Full Conference Attendee
For general conference attendees. Registration includes parking.
Ended $160.00 $0.00
Baystate Health Employee
For Baystate Health employees. Please contact the Office of Diversity to request a registration code. Registration includes parking.
Ended $160.00 $0.00
Full Conference Attendee (Group)
Register as a group of 8 or more and receive a 10% registration discount. Registration includes parking.
Ended $144.00 $0.00

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At Baystate Health, we understand that diversity and inclusion are a business imperative. In alignment with our business goals, development goals and in support of our community, we are pleased to announce the Baystate Health Diversity & Inclusion Conference, a conference offering the region’s diversity champions and leaders inspiration and best practices sharing to build and support a business imperative of diversity and inclusion. The event will provide a unique opportunity to collaborate, share best practices, and collectively define what diversity and inclusion means for our region.


The one-day conference will feature keynote speakers, skill development, best practice sessions, networking and will cover the following topics:

  • Building the business case and demonstrating the business imperative for diversity & inclusion
  • How to be an effective diversity champion
  • Connecting diverse employees to organizational objectives
  • Mentoring across difference
  • Leveraging inclusion to drive successful customer relationships
  • Using your power of influence and privilege to advance diversity work as a diversity champion
  • Enhancing inclusive leadership skills

Our goal is to create an conference that becomes an important diversity and inclusion educational experience for our region.



8:30-9:00 am

Registration and Networking

9:00-9:30 am

Opening Remarks

9:30-10:45 am

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Roundtable: “The Business Case for Diversity: Moving from Nice-to-Have to Have-to Have”

Breakout Sessions:

Track I: Strategic Improvement: Diversity and Inclusion as a Business Imperative

Track II: Becoming A Diversity Champion: Strategies for Extending Leadership Clout

Track III: On the Road to Excellence: Building Blocks for Inclusive Leadership

11:00-12:15 pm

Breakout Sessions:

Track I: Case study Presentation: Developing a Diversity Strategy to meet Organizational Outcomes

Track II: Panel Discussion: A Diversity Champions’ Toolbox: Tools for Reaching the Tipping Point

Track III: Skill Development Workshop: Becoming an Inclusive Leader: Driving High-Performance and Engagement

12:15-2:00 pm

Lunch and Keynote Address: Dr. Steve Robbins “Inclusion Insights”

2:15-3:30 pm

Breakout Sessions:

Track I: Panel Discussion: Connecting Diversity & Inclusion to Organizational Objectives

Track II: Skill Development Workshop: Mentoring Across Difference

Track III: Case Study Presentation: Formalizing Inclusive Leadership into Work Environments

3:45-5:00 pm

Industry Roundtable Discussions: Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion

5:00-6:00 pm

Evening Networking Reception



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Dr. Steve Robbins

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Other confirmed speakers include:


Philip Berry, Executive Director, Association of Diversity Councils

Margaret Beturne, Assistant Nurse Manager, Baystate Orthopedic Surgery Center

Sharon Bueno Washington, Partner, Washington Orange Wheeler

Jennifer Faulkner, Director of Communications, Baystate Health

Deborah Foster, Chief Diversity Officer, United Way Worldwide

Ralph Frazier, Global Novations a Korn Ferry Company

Mike Garreffi, News Director, WWLP

Joelle Hayes, Vice President Diversity & Inclusion, Travelers

Andres Gonzales, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Baystate Health

Phyllis James, Executive Vice President, Special Council for Litigation and Chief Diversity Officer, MGM Resorts International

Waleska Lugo-DeJesus, Director of Multicultural Affairs & Executive Assistant to the President, Westfield State University

Chris Mendoza, Vice President Multicultural Market Development MassMutual

Dani Monroe, President and Founder, Center Focus International

Anne Paradis, CEO, MetroTek

Visael "Bobby" Rodriguez, Vice President Diversity & Inclusion, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island

Myra Smith, Vice President of Student and Multicultural Affairs, Springfield Technical Community College

Lisa Strack, IBIS Consulting

Lorie Valle-Yanez, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, MassMutual



Download conference overview and detailed agenda.  Join our LinkedIn group and visit our website for regular conference updates. Are you in need of HRCI Credits? Baystate Health is  partnering with the HRMA of Western New England to submit this conference to the HR Certification Institute for review.  


Conference Partners & Underwriters


Association of Diversity Councils

Big Y

City of Springfield, Department of Health and Human Services

Freedom Credit Union

Hampden Bank

Health New England

HRMA of Western New England

Pioneer Valley Credit Union

Springfield Technical Community College


United Way of Pioneer Valley

Westfield State University

Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts

YMCA of Greater Springfield






Exclusive Media Partner





Supporting Organizations


AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts

Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce

Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Bredenberg Associates

Human Service Forum

Leadership Pioneer Valley

The Lioness Group

NAACP Springfield MA Branch

National Society of Hispanic MBAs

Pro Springfield Media

Regional Employment Board of Hampden County


YPS of Greater Springfield

Have questions about Baystate Health Diversity & Inclusion Conference? Contact Baystate Health Office of Diversity & Inclusion

When & Where

MassMutual Center
1277 Main Street
Springfield, MA 01103

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

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Baystate Health Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Guided by our operating principles of trust, integrity, communications, collaboration and respect, Baystate Health is committed to fostering an environment of diversity, inclusion and cultural competence where all employees are appreciated, fully engaged and motivated to improve the health of the people in our community every day, with quality and compassion.

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