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September 21, 2021
Proudly part of Biotech Week Boston,
Boston, MA

Connect with leaders who are ready to talk about diversity and inclusion with practical solutions for propelling all dimensions of diversity throughout your organization

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”

Katja Rieger



It was a pleasure to listen to and interact with cool, real life people, shapers and though leaders from Biotech. The setup and platform worked extremely well and allowed for almost in person exchange.



Change Starts With Me

Some people feel they can't make a difference

Some people feel they can't affect change

Some people don't want to speak up

But silence and inaction are forms of complicity

Watch this video to see who is speaking up, then

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Leading off with a dynamic panel discussion from leaders of the life science community who are forging the path for diversity and inclusion, followed by moderator-led interactive discussions in separate video chat rooms where attendees can interact with each other on critical topics.

Panel Discussion
Panel Discussion

Rising to the Challenge: Building and Sustaining Impactful Diversity and Inclusion in Life Sciences

Life science companies have data proving inclusive workplaces are critical to competitive edge in business and quality. Now there is a critical need and opportunity to educate and support the demand for equality and inclusion in the workforce. Panelists will discuss facilitating inclusion across the industry by identifying, addressing, and adapting to what’s needed in the workplace, and how companies are embracing diversity as a source of skill, innovation, and success.

Interactive Discussion Rooms
Interactive Discussion Rooms


  • Understanding and Managing Unconscious Bias – Joe Vogel
  • Building Leadership and Development Opportunities for Women in Life Sciences – Maria Louise Pineda
  • Navigating Mentorship: Tips for Mentees - Alicja Januszewicz
  • Conversations About Racial Disparities – Denise Barrant
  • The Future of Work - Intentionally Developing & Implementing a Diverse & Inclusive Workforce – Tia Lyles-Williams
  • LGBTQ in the Life Sciences – Ramsey Johnson
Interactive Discussion Rooms
Interactive Discussion Rooms


  • Starting Early: Propelling Diversity and Inclusion in the Life Sciences at the University Level – John Armendariz / Sara Wadia-Fascetti
  • When Do You Call Out Lack of Diversity/Inclusion? – José Juves
  • Making Diversity and Inclusion Part of Succession Planning – Karla Zevallos
  • Building a Network and Developing Diverse Relationships to Support your Growth – Amy Speak
  • Meaningful Conversations Across Differences – Erica Colonero
  • Building and Leveraging Gender Diverse Boards of Directors - Julia Owens

Platinum Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Karyn Polito, Lt. Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

"Massachusetts is a global leader in the STEM and life sciences industries,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. "The Baker-Polito Administration remains committed to providing women and minorities the support and resources necessary to close the workforce, achievement and opportunity gaps in order to give every individual in the Commonwealth the opportunity to excel and succeed."

Charles Bennafield

Diversity Practitioner | Pastor | Poet

I Am Diversity, Please Include Me

I‘m present in every place you go
Depending on your lens I’m friend or foe
I’m a force to be reckoned with
Like the winds of change I move. I’m swift
I’m present when two or more are together
If embraced I can make the good even better

I’m not limited to age, gender, or race
I’m invisible at times and yet all over the place
Don’t exclude me due to a lack of knowledge
Welcome me like the recruit fresh out of college

Let me take my seat at the table
Even though I may be differently able
My experience, my passion the authentic me
Can help add value for your company

Learn about me; improve my underrepresentation
And I can provide a competitive edge to your entire nation
I exclude no one I am strengthened by all
My name is Diversity and yes I stand tall

Recognize me and keep me in the mix
Together there’s no problem that we can’t fix
I am your best hope towards true innovation
And to many, I reflect hope and inspiration

Your lives and companies will continue to change
Thus the need for Diversity and Inclusion will also remain
Do all that you can to truly embrace me
And experience life’s fullness totally

I’m the thought lurking behind the unfamiliar face
I’m the ingenuity that helps your team win the race
I’m the solution that came from the odd question that was asked
I stand out in the crowd when I, Diversity, am allowed to be unmasked

I’m diversity embrace me and we’ll journey far
I’m Diversity include me and we will reach the shining star
Coupled with Inclusion our lights burn longer
Together we are smarter, better and stronger
I am Diversity. Yes, that’s me.