Diversity Symposium: How Diversity & Inclusion is a Catalyst for Innovation

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The symposium will bring together diversity champions and novices from biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in the Greater Boston area to share learnings and connect on challenging, but important topics in the area of diversity & inclusion. We’ll cover topics such as allies and inclusive leadership, recruitment and retention strategies, community engagement and social responsibility, and formation and sustainability of employee resource groups/networks. Dr. Joan Reede, Professor of Medicine and Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School (HMS) will be our keynote speaker. Dr. Reede founded the HMS Minority Faculty Development Program and also currently serves as Faculty Director of the Community Outreach programs. The day will conclude with a networking reception.


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1 –1:15 p.m.: Welcome

1:20 – 3:55 p.m.: Diversity and Inclusion Workshops

(When you register, please select one workshop for each time slot)

1:20 – 2:05 p.m.

Community Engagement / Social Responsibility: How to Partner with community to help build and fill the pipeline in biotech. (Offering 1 of 2)

ERN in a Box: A “How To” on Creating an ERN and Making it Successful: Hear from companies on what works, what doesn’t and who you need to make sure has a seat at the table.

2:15 – 3 p.m.

Recruitment and Retention Strategies for a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce: Learn strategies on not only recruiting and hiring a diverse & inclusive workforce, but also retaining and promoting one and discuss how different companies measure success.

Community Engagement / Social Responsibility (Offering 2 of 2)

Learning Lab and Vertex Partnership With Boston Public Schools (BPS) (Offering 1 of 2)

3:10 – 3:55 p.m.

Allies and Inclusive Leadership: Why Diversity Isn’t Enough: What does it mean to be an ally? What is inclusion and how is it different from diversity? This panel will address those questions and more, including examples of how to develop and foster building a culture that supports diversity and inclusiveness.

Learning Lab and Vertex Partnership With Boston Public Schools (BPS) (Offering 2 of 2)

4 – 4:45 p.m.: Keynote Speaker: Dr. Joan Reede, Professor of Medicine and Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School

4:45 – 6 p.m.: Networking Reception


All tickets include admission to the keynote address.




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Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation to create transformative medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases. We discovered and developed the first medicines to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis (CF), a rare, life-threatening genetic disease. In addition to clinical development programs in CF, Vertex has more than a dozen ongoing research programs focused on the underlying mechanisms of other serious disease

MassBio’s mission is to advance Massachusetts’ leadership in the life sciences to grow the industry, add value to the healthcare system and improve patient lives. We represent 1,100+ organizations in the life sciences industry, including biopharma, medical device, combination product, digital health companies, along with academic institutions, research hospitals, disease foundations and service providers. Learn more at www.MassBio.org.

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